My research focuses on the formation, lived experience and the experimentality of intentional communities. I am particularly interested in the ways in which intentional communities foster and engage with social and practical experiments and testing ways of living which can potentially influence wider social practices. This work includes a focus upon the process that enable experimentality, and the way in which being ‘alternative’ can facilitate and action utopian thoughts and ideas. I am also the lead for the
Intentional Communities research group at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
STEVENS-WOOD, K. 2023. Escaping capitalism? Time, quality of life and hybrid economies. in Pickerill, J. 2023. Eco-Communities: Surviving Well Together. Wiley.
COATES, C, DENNIS, J, HOW, J STEVENS-WOOD, K. 2021. Intentional Community in Britain. London, Diggers and Dreamers Publications.
Articles and Book Chapters:
STEVENS-WOOD, K; LITTLEWOOD, J AND SANNA, F. A Community Housing Association's Strategy for the Benchmarking, Reduction and Sequestration of Carbon Towards a Resilient and Globally Responsible Wales (UK)
STEVENS-WOOD, K. 2022. Researching Intentional Communities: A Reflection. Communities Magazine, Summer 2022 issue, #195, p
STEVENS-WOOD, K. 2021. Making Community: Is there a Magic Formula? in COATES, C, DENNIS, J, HOW, J STEVENS-WOOD, K. 2021. Intentional Community in Britain. London, Diggers and Dreamers Publications.
STEVENS-WOOD, K. 2020. These Communities are Experimenting with Greener and Fairer ways of living. The Conversation. Available at:
STEVENS-WOOD, K, 2018. Four reasons to consider co-housing and housing cooperatives for alternative living, The conversation. Available at:
A Community Housing Association's Strategy for the Benchmarking, Reduction and Sequestration of Carbon Towards a Resilient and Globally Responsible Wales (UK). 16-17 September 2022. SEB 2022: 14th International Conference on Sustainability in Energy and Buildings, Split, Croatia.
Intentional communities in the UK and their response to an ageing population. July 14-16, 2022, Audonicon Conference Center, Skanderborg, Denmark AND Virtual. International Communal Studies Association.
A Housing Association Led Carbon Sequestration Strategy for a Post Covid19 Resilient and Globally Responsible Wales. KES Covid-19 – International Virtual Summit (2021), KES Virtual Conference Centre, March 29, 2021
The Creative Life Cycle of Community. Communal Studies Association, Ephrata (Online). 1-3 October 202
The Worklife Ballance in an intentional community. European Ecovillage Conference: Ecovillages in thwe world, the world in Ecovillages: Peace, ecology and Social Justice. 14-17 July 2019, Comune di Bagnaia, Italy.
Desperately Seeking Utopia: The use of Prefigurative language by communards seeking others to create intentional communities. 19th International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society, Tarragona, Spain. 9 – 12th July 2018.
Creating Community: is there a magic formula? 3rd Intentional Communities Symposium. 7th July 2018.
Meeting myself coming back – the ever decreasing circles of ethnographic reflexivity. Cardiff Met Post Graduate Conference, Cardiff. 16th May 2018.
The Story of Ted – using TED talks to engage students in informal learning contexts. Cardiff Met Annual Teaching and Learning Conference. June 2017.
'Women in intentional Communities'. International Women’s Day, Cardiff Metropolitan University. March 2017.
Do intentional communities have a role to play in our housing future'? Housing Studies Association Conference. February 2016.
Reality Bites: A discourse analysis of intentional communities'. NCVO Research conference. November 2015.