I received a Ph.D. in Environmental Anthropology from the University of Kent at Canterbury (UK) in 2002 and am currently a collaborator in the Climate Change Impacts and Modeling a research group of cE3c. I am Senior Research Fellow at the Schumacher Institute for Sustainable Systems (UK), from where I work in the Knowledge and Learning Team of the Ecolise network of European community-led initiatives on sustainability and climate change. My research focuses on the social and cultural dimensions of sustainability, in particular the ways autonomous groups of people self-organise for sustainable, equitable and/or resilient outcomes and the forms of social and cultural innovation necessary to achieve this.
I was a founder and am a co-coordinator of the Transition Research Network and am active in the Permaculture International Research Network. Both these networks reflect my commitment to transdisciplinary working, involving social change practitioners as co-researchers on an equal footing, adopting the social and other methodologies of such collaborators as research methods and taking an explicitly political approach that sees research as a vital part of efforts towards societal transformation, both directly in terms of research approaches and their immediate impacts and in relation to long-term outcomes.