Research Students

Each year, TTB and other related groups, such as the Brixton£,  are joined by several students from the UK and abroad, who do research with us as part of their Masters or other course. This helps us to take time out to look at things that can help develop our group and pass on our experience. We hope in time to attract funded longer-term researchers.

The visiting students provide the impetus to do our own research and see how the students can help us in the area of their research and by volunteering with our group. In return we can spend time participating in activities to provide data for them, such as surveys or interviews.

Current Students

Josephine Ives: University of Cambridge: ‘Diversity, Social Inclusivity and TTB’

The survey is now closed and we are awaiting Jo’s survey results and report.

Screenshot of Mixi, a Japanese social media application, showing something like a Facebook page.

Screenshot of Mixi – Mixi and Gree have been the main Japanese social networking services since around 2004. Facebook and Twitter were not used widely in Japan before the earthquake, though since then users are gradually growing, especially of Twitter. (Note, this is not Yuki’s Mixi page.)

Yukiko Kamio

Yuki is a Masters student in Royal Holloway, University of London, from Japan. She is also a professional web system engineer. Currently she is undertaking a research on the role of the Internet and social media for Transition Town movement.
She is also keen to join practical activities and is helping the TTB Communications group with technical strategy and issues, as a visiting volunteer. More about Yuki …

Yuki and the TTB Communications Group held a session on Social Media and TTB (June 11th). It included a short intro on how TTB uses Twitter and Facebook, a talk from Yuki about how the tsunami changed the use of social media and a focus group discussion to collect data for research. 

Yuki has also been collecting information about how people use Social Media for transition type activities with online and face-to-face questionnaires entitled: ‘The Transition Town movement and the Internet and Social Media’.

Yuki is currently writing up her research, due to finish in September 2013.

Photo of front cover of the book 'Transition in Action' . Has a picture of a rural scene and the text Totnes 2030, Energy Descent Action Plan

The book, ‘Transition in Action’, Totnes TT’s energy descent action plan. Sam asks how we can engage society at large without the process feeling Tyrannical?

Sam Auckland

Sam is studying at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is researching areas raised by people attending Transition Network and Transition Research Network discussions (using the ‘Open Space’ method where participants generate the topics of the meeting themselves and form discussion groups on that)

She says, ‘I would really like to create a piece, based on inclusivity, exclusivity and what makes people stay, and what makes people leave, Transition groups’.
She has sent us some initial slides intriguingly entitled ‘The Tyranny of Transition’
Look out for: Sam asking you to answer some questions or asking if you would do an interview – interesting questions about Transition.
An online version of the questionnaire will be coming soon.
Sam is working with TTB as an events volunteer and to develop material for this research area on our website, including a guide for future research students wanting to work with TTB.

Image with Mario Campana's abstract on the EPIC conference site - it shows an example local currency note.Mario Campana working with the Brixton£

Mario is a PhD student with City University’s Cass Business School. He is working with the Brixton Pound on local currencies, local communities and consumption.

On his research blog ‘Life on Brixton‘, he says: ‘Previous research acknowledges that sense of community contributes to people wellbeing. For this reason, understanding how consumption processes foster sense of community is a way to understand how to improve neighbourhood wellbeing and local economy.’

You will also find more information and Mario’s contact details on his blog. After having completed an MSc in Economics and Management for Arts, Culture, Media and Entertainment at Bocconi University, Milan – Italy (2009), Mario joined Cass Business School in 2010 as a PhD student. His main research interests are in the areas of consumer research, communities and new media.

He is soon to present a paper (September 17th, 2013), ‘Ideology and alternative market systems: the case of complementary currencies’ at the EPIC conference held this year in London at the Royal Academy. The EPIC conferences promote the use of ethnographic approaches in the study of human behaviour in business contexts. They say ‘By understanding people, what they do, how they do it and how these change over time, we can create better business strategies, processes and products, as well as enhance and simplify people’s lives.’

Past Students

There are lots of past students! Gradually more of their details will be added when we have dug out the information, with summaries of their work, what they are doing now and links to their reports.

David Boyce

David joined us from his course at Imperial College, Centre for Environment Policy. His research title was ‘
‘Lambeth community gardens and cooperative approaches for sustainable development.’

Jonathan Denning

Details of Jonathan’s work to come.

Note to TTB people or past students: Please add a comment below and I will add you and get in touch to get some details. Thanks.

Prospective students and researchers

If you want to do research with us, please first go to the Transition Network website research page to read their guidelines.

There is also a the recently formed Transition Research Network  dedicated to ‘Building mutually beneficial relationships of transition activists and researchers’, which also has a mailing list.

Sam is working on additional hints for working with TTB which will be here soon. In the mean time, read the information on our Contacts page and also consider contacting subgroups separately, as they have their own mailboxes etc.

There is also a page of guidelines for students wanting to do research with the Brixton£.

For Transition groups wondering whether to work with a researcher

Targeted mainly at Transition initiatives and other community groups, there is a Transition Research Primer which provides an overview of the potential benefits of working with researchers, along with common pitfalls and advice for successful collaboration.

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