Research at Dartington

Dartington Trust is a centre for arts, ecology and social justice, based on a 1,200 acre estate near Totnes, Devon in southern England. The research focus of contemporary Dartington is imagining, visioning, prototyping, and living ecological futures with a particular emphasis on food production, land use, and the arts.

Our researchers have expertise in a wide range of topics including arts practice-led research; animism; medieval literature; modernism; story and myth; arts, design and ecology; ecology and spirituality; Goethean science; regenerative economics, farming and food; social work with adults and children; social enterprise.

We offer research degrees in partnership with University of Westminster CREAM.

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Research Degrees at Dartington

MPhil and PhD qualifications in partnership with University of Westminster

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our researchers

Meet our academic staff, and the publications and research projects they are producing

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latest news

The University of Plymouth Research Festival 2021 is online 28 June- 2 July.

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Dr Jo Joelson, Programme Lead, Arts and Place recently presented at the Man-Machine Wellbeing Symposium in Portugal. Jo discussed how light plays a central role in human experience. There are fundamental things driven on primal levels by light and our evolved biological relationship to light. Jo is particularly engaged with light’s role in theorising landscape and place.

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Dr Tracey Warr, Head of Dartington Arts School, was recently interviewed on her own work and on art and ecology education for the IHME Helsinki Podcast series: Art, Science, Ecology.

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Dr Martin Shaw, Programme Lead, Poetics of Imagination, has just released a series of podcasts on Spotify with Chelsea Green Publishing. Smokehole Sessions features conversations with Jay Griffiths, John Mitchinson, Mark Rylance and others.

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Emma Bush, Poetics of Imagination, just published an essay on bodies as instruments of sensory navigation in Walking Bodies, edited by Helen Billinghurst, Claire Hind and Phil Smith, published by Triarchy Press.

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Dr Sarah Kelly, Engaged Ecology, reports that recordings and resources from Bath Spa’s recent online art and ecology conference, Alternatives to Crisis, are available here >