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.


Research Degrees at Dartington

MPhil and PhD qualifications in partnership with University of Westminster


our researchers

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


latest news

A postgraduate forum on the theme of Extinction took place on 3 November, organised by Dartington Trust and Art.Earth as part of the Borrowed Time symposium. Mirko Nikolic gave the keynote presentation. He recently completed a PhD at University of Westminster and is now a postdoc research at Linkoping University in Sweden. Chiara Flora Bassignana, a doctoral candidate at University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy and a visiting researcher from Dartington presented and there were 11 presentations from current students and recent graduates on MA Poetics of Imagination, MA Arts and Place and MA Mind, Movement and Ecology. You can see the presentations here.


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.


A number of loans from the Dartington Archive feature in Global Groove exhibition, which opens at Museum Folkwang in Essen on 13 August.


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.


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.


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.


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 >