Kirsten Stevens-Wood

​ ​ ​ ​               ​Position:​Lecturer
​School:​ Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy
​ Telephone:​029 2041 7169
​Room No:​D3.06



Kirsten has taught in Higher Education for the last 14 years and currently delivers on both the Health and Social Care degree programme and the MA/Post Graduate Diploma in Youth and Community Work.  She also supervises undergraduate and post graduate research projects.  Kirsten is a qualified Community Development worker who has worked in a wide variety of community based organisations including the City Farm movement and the voluntary sector. Kirsten has an MSc in Research Methods and is working towards her PhD exploring creativity in communal living.  She is also the lead for the Intentional Communities Research Group and an editor for Diggers and Dreamers Publishing group.


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.  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:

 Conference Papers:

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.   


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