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GEN Protocol for Ecovillage Research
Information for Researchers and Journalists

Are you an academic searching for an ecovillage as a case study for your survey?
Are you a student intending to write an academic paper on an ecovillage?
Are you a journalist interested in reporting on an ecovillage?
Or are you an ecovillage community or member receiving requests from students or researchers asking to study your ecovillage?

The GEN Research Working Group wants to support your research endeavor by providing a basic guide including information on the status of the field and research protocol. Please read the following information before you approach an ecovillage or the GEN network:

We, representatives of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) welcome your intention to research or report as a journalist on ecovillages. We kindly ask you to carefully read first the following information before contacting the ecovillages you wish to approach. This will make things easier for both you and our member communities.

First step: Understanding the existing field of research on ecovillages

Ecovillages are increasingly approached by science, politics and media from almost all areas of science and research or in many different sub-disciplinary aspects. Ecovillages seem to be increasingly interesting as “all-round laboratories” of the future. Thorough research has already been conducted. An increasing number of publications are available to refer to. At this time, GEN can only provide basic information. However, we appreciate receiving more information from in order to update and improve this website.

Please read and refer to the large variety of exciting, quality research and literature that has already been published. There is likely to be existing research that can improve and sharpen your research question. We have brought together the following links for information on the current status of the field of ecovillage research:

Bibliography of Research

Links to academic research websites on communities and ecovillages:

Links to research networks around communities and ecovillages:

Links to research projects on ecovillages

Links to research networks of like-minded movements:


Second step: Approaching and visiting ecovillages for field research

Third step: Documenting your research

Email Listserve of the GEN research working group

If you want to connect to other researchers around ecovillages, for networking on conferences, calls, and/or research funding, you are welcome to subscribe to our email listserve. Find more information under the “Work and Activities” part of this website