In 2015 I began my Masters studies in climate change adaptation planning and sustainability at the Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales. Through the coursework offered in this degree I have studied topics such as ecosystem services, environmental economics and politics, sustainable building methods, energy provision and post-disaster settlement planning. Learning more about these topics in an academic context has strengthened my permaculture thinking and in turn, permaculture has given me system thinking tools with which to draw these ideas together.
In February, 2017 I will begin the formal research phase of my dissertation in Adelaide, South Australia. I will be holding workshops designed to help people develop household and community heatwave plans which draw on permaculture design strategies. I will be reviewing these workshops using an Action Research approach and will analyse the participants discussions from a Grounded Theory perspective.