Intensives and Short Courses

Although the course is run by distance learning, and can be completed without travelling from your home or place of residence, there are intensives held annually which you are encouraged to attend. Intensives are not compulsory – you can complete the course without attending – however your learning and contact with colleagues will be greatly enhanced by attending when possible.

There is no additional cost for attending intensives (i.e. they are included in your course fees) however, expenses for travel, accommodation and food are NOT included in course fees. We will provide a list of accommodation at a range of prices and where necessary will support you in planning for your attendance in an intensive.

Intensives are a unique opportunity to experience and participate in:

  • lectures and tutorials from course faculty
  • talks and presentations by external faculty, practitioners and researchers
  • workshops
  • site visits and on-the-ground case studies of local initiatives
  • meals and social spaces
  • experience of local culture (farmers markets, CSAs)

Intensives will be held in a variety of locations internationally, depending to a certain extent on where participants are living and undertaking their research.


Many of our intensives take place at Emerson College, Forest Row, Sussex.


Our most recent intensive was held at the Museum in the Park, Stroud, Gloucestershire UK.

Short Course

Our intensives include a one or two day short course, open to the public, on various themes that both relate to the Researching Agroecology course and are of general interest.

Our most recent short course explored  Animal Nature through workshops, talks and presentations. Below you can find a video of slideshow created from the event.

You can find more information out about the short course here.

You can also contact Jane Tyler at

Potential Venues for Intensives to be held in the future include:

Hawkwood College, Stroud, Gloucestershire, England:

Emerson college, Forest Row, East Sussex, England:

Hawthorne Valley, Ghent, New York, USA: