Ethical Intuitions, Welfare, and Permaculture

The latest issue of the International peer reviewed journal Environmental Values has an editorial by Isis titled ‘Ethical Intuitions, Welfare and Permaculture’.  As well as mentioning the papers in the issue of the journal it discusses a problem in animal welfare called ‘the blind hens’ challenge’, which is a great conversation starter.

It is available here:

Crossfields Institute is honouring Dr Chris Seeley

Dr Chris Seeley, who was our Head of Faculty of Action Research for Social Innovation, passed away on the 3rd of December. Chris was an incredible action researcher – artist – clown – person! We shall miss her. Learners, colleagues and affiliates who knew Chris and wish to write to us about her work and contribution are invited to do so. We are hoping to create here at Crossfields Institute a new online resource and hub for action research in her name. Our thoughts and warmest wishes are with the husband, family and friends at this time.

How do you make sure your research is ethical?

How do you make sure your research is ethical? asks the Guardian in this article:

Dr Isis Brook, Head of Faculty for Environment and Transdisciplinary Studies at Crossfields Institute has developed a new and exciting module in Ethics that will be offered as part of a suite of Masters programmes launching in 2015. For more information about the new Masters programmes offered at Crossfields Institute, write to the Faculty Administration Manager, Jane Tyler on email:

Duchy Home Farm Visit

A visit to the Duchy Home Farm took place on a grey but thankfully dry day on Saturday for the MSc in Practical Skills Therapeutic Education students.

An excellent guided tour from the Farm Manager to HRH Prince Charles around his organic farm that supports education and research by hosting workshops that promote the links between food, farming, health and the environment.