Global South Engagement

Research is working to grow as a network and provide value for the researchers and permaculture practitioners that constitute it. It is also attempting to reestablish PIRN (or an alternative to it) as a hub for researchers interested in sharing their findings and ideas. In the interest of fostering diversity and uplifting the voices of the marginalized, it was determined that extra effort would be needed to engage people from the Global South to help the network bloom into a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive space.


Christina M. Sayson, Philipp Grunewald


Diversity, Participation & Engagement, Capacity+ project


The PCColab will benefit by having its circles widened/deepened by the increased engagement of members/new members from the Global South whose voices may not have been heard before. It has been my observation that despite efforts to change this, the PCColab is still very much a Global North-dominated space, where White voices are the ones most frequently heard. In making the conscious effort to reach out to those of the Global South, we would be saying, “You’re welcome here. You can participate. It isn’t just about us, this space is yours too.”


Permaculture researchers/practitioners will benefit from connecting to each other at the international level and by accessing opportunities to work as part of the Permaculture CoLab.


  • A list of Global South permaculture researchers and practitioners willing to participate in co-leading the reinvigoration of an international permaculture research network and its initiatives
  • Meeting interested individuals: eliciting their interests, motivations, opportunities and barriers.
  • The scheduling of at least one meeting with a group of these researchers and practitioners to co-ideate the next steps they would like to take to grow permaculture research networks at an international level
  • The development of a concrete Global South Engagement Plan based on the matters discussed in the meeting or meetings described above
  • Integrate all of the above, if appropriate, with Philipp’s work on reinvigorating international permaculture research networks