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Intentional Communities Symposium 25/06/2021

Event Overview


Keynote Speakers


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Dr Helen Jarvis is Reader in Urban Social Geography at Newcastle University: she gained her PhD from the London School of Economics in 1997.  Her current research considers intentional communities of collaborative housing, civic engagement, geographies of inequality from a household perspective and work-life reconciliation.  She is internationally regarded for advancing new paradigms of sustainable de-growth and social architectures that support a green sharing economy.  Visiting fellowships include a period as 'researcher in residence' in the 'freetown' of Christiania, Copenhagen, in 2010. She sat on the board of directors of the UK Cohousing Network 2014-2018 and remains a core participant of Tyne and Wear Citizens (a branch of Citizens UK). 


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Bill is an Associate Professor (Hon) for the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, University of Queensland and an Adjunct lecturer for the School of Environment and Science, Griffith University.  in addition to this he is a self-employed editor and researcher.  Bill has been researching, writing about and occasionally living in Intentional Communities for over 30 years and in this time has produced 12 books, more than 20 chapters and over 40 peer reviewed articles.  In 2018 he was granted the Distinguished Scholar Award, by the Communal Studies Association

Bill  is a regular contributor to radio and television debates about communal living and utopianism and is currently researching and writing the complete history of Utopian communalism in Australia.



We are currently accepting applications from speakers.  If you would like to present your research at the Intentional Communities symposium, please contact Kirsten Stevens-Wood with a 200 word synopsis of your research / proposed presentation.

We are open to international applications and would hope to facilitate at least one of these via a web connection. 

Event Programme

  Friday 25th June 2021 -  Symposium details to follow            


We would like to encourage people to travel to the symposium in a sustainable way. To facilitate this we have set up a Google Docs lift share here.

TRAIN: The nearest train station is Ledbury which is 13 minutes away by taxi (we suggest booking in advance with a local provider), or a 35 minute bicycle ride.

CAR: The post code for Cannon Frome is: HR8 2TD.

For Sat Nav please use Canon Frome Court or St James Church Canon Frome.


This years symposium is being hosted by Cannon Frome Court Community, near Ledbury. Cannon Frome Court are able to offer a very limited number of rooms which can be booked directly through them via Roy Manwaring (manwaringr@hotmail.co.uk). They are also offering camping onsite. Please contact Cannon Frome direct to book this and only once you have booked your symposium ticket.

Delegates may also wish to book independent accommodation of which there is a small selection in the local area.

How to Register

Symposium tickets are £48.00 this includes a full day of academic presentations plus some workshops / a community tour. Tickets also include tea, coffee, cake and lunch, all produced by the Cannon Frome community.

You can register for this event here.

Please note we have a very small number of reduced-price tickets available on application – please only apply for these if you are on a very low income and are not able to access support for your ticket costs. Applications for reduced tickets can be made via email to Kirsten Stevens-Woods (kstevens-wood@cardiffmet.ac.uk). Closing date Monday 30th March 2021.

Contact Us

Queries and correspondence regarding the content of the event should be sent to Kirsten Stevens-Wood at: kstevens-wood@cardiffmet.ac.uk