Why Study With Us?

agroecology-treeWhen you choose to study with the Crossfields Institute on the Researching Holistic Agroecology course you are choosing to join a growing, international community of students and researchers who are committed to contributing to a global food revolution through local initiatives and research that is rooted in place.
By engaging with aspects of the course through distance learning you are enabled to study at postgraduate level while remaining in your own locale. Your campus is your own house, farm, field, or community where you live and/or work.
We call this ‘situated research’ – study and enquiry undertaken while staying in touch with the researchers’ own context. This approach supports farmers, gardeners, food advocates or individuals with an interest in the social dimension of agriculture and food production to become researchers in their own right.

This course encourages students and practitioners to engage with a diversity of approaches and perspectives on holistic approaches to agroecology in order to both broaden and deepen research in these areas in order to support both local and global innovation in these realms.

What are the aims of the programme?

  • To broaden students’ understanding of different sustainable food production systems (Biodynamics, Organics, urban agriculture etc.) in a local and global context
  • To challenge students to become flexible, intuitive and independent in their enquiry, not just in how they do things but in what and why they do things, and address the role of ethics in research and in global food systems
  • To develop graduates with the knowledge, confidence and skills to critically interrogate the results of research into sustainable agriculture and food production and to design and carry out research themselves using theoretical and reflective frameworks appropriate for a holistic view of nature and the human being
  • To develop graduates who can communicate their own research findings, the ideas underpinning holistic land-based practices, and the advantages of sustainable approaches to a range of stakeholders and other audiences
  • To support a developing community of practice who will create new practice and new ways of thinking in agriculture and food production, generate new findings, share evidence-based best practice, and support new sustainability initiatives

This innovative programme is run in cooperation with the Institute for Education and Social Innovation (IBUGI), an institute at Alanus University, in Bonn/Germany