‘KEEP’ Knowledge Exchange for Entrepreneurship in Permaculture project
The ‘Knowledge Exchange for Entrepreneurship in Permaculture (KEEP)’ project is funded by the ESRC/ISBE Research and Knowledge Exchange(RAKE) initiative. The project begins on 1 January 2016 and ends on September 30, 2016.
KEEP is a collaboration between the Permaculture Association and Kingston University’s Small Business Research Centre(SBRC). The Permaculture Association aims to help people who want to start or develop small firms based on the principles of permaculture (ecological design and sustainable living) to do so.
Kingston University has an excellent reputation for supporting and researching entrepreneurship and through the SBRC will do both in relation to furthering the Permaculture Association’s aims, which involve setting up a permaculture enterprise hub, and improving the state of knowledge about sustainability-related entrepreneurship.
The project involves interviews with entrepreneurs running permaculture-based businesses. A wide range of beneficiaries will learn about how to set up successful permaculture businesses from the outputs of the project, which will include the first ever mapping of UK permaculture businesses, a Permaculture Enterprise Handbook and six case studies, as well as research papers and presentations.
The project will provide practical support for practitioners in the form of two permaculture enterprise workshops (one to be held in the north of England, the other in London) and researcher development for an early career researcher.