Researching Transition: Bringing together academics and activists interested in researching the Transition Movement
The first independent meeting of the Transition Researchers Network took place in Manchester on the 28th of November 2011. There were presentations of a number of emerging Transition research projects, an overview of Transition research to date and an outline of the key research needs identified by the Transition Network. We spent the afternoon in an Open Space session where we discussed a range of issues including:
- methods for researching Transition
- Cities and Transition
- Health and Well-being and
- Sustainable Economies.
The emerging research projects we discussed were:
- Michelle Bastian - “Mr Seel's Garden” - a local food history project exploring the notion of ‘Honouring the Elders’ . Slides and blog post available here
- Ben Brangwyn - “Reconomy” - helping Transition Initiatives engage local businesses and organisations and stimulate new enterprises.
- Tom Henfrey – “Durham EDAP Project” - (slides available here, see also the beta version of the Energy Descent Action Planning site http://edap.transitiondurham.org.uk/)
- Agata Alcañiz - “Beyond Our Backyards” - a permaculture project near Barcelona (no website currently available, but you can see a wrap-up of their launch meeting here: http://vimeo.com/31482124)
- Vincent Walsh - Biospheric Foundation - an urban ecological experiment in the heart of the Blackfriars neighbourhood of Salford.