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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.
Henfrey, T., Feola, G., Penha-Lopes, G., Sekulova, F. & Esteves, A.M. (2023) Rethinking the sustainable development goals: Learning with and from community-led initiatives.Sustainable Development, 31(1), 211-222. DOI:10.1002/sd.2384 (IF2021 8,562; Q1 Development Studies)
Henfrey, T. & Penha-Lopes, G. (2018) Policy and community-led action on sustainability and climate change: paradox and possibility in the interstices.Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 29, 52-54. DOI:10.1016/j.eist.2018.05.002 (IF2018 7,514; Q1 Environmental sciences)
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