Building Eco-social Resilience in Rural Communities: Benefits of Permaculture Pedagogy and Praxis

  • David Yisrael Epstein HaLeviEmail author
  • Greg William Misiaszek
  • Hugh KellyEmail author
  • Sheena Shah
  • Charles Mugarura
  • Liam James Walsh
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This chapter explores the need for pedagogies that focus on the localization of food production as a necessary response to counter the destructive outcomes of globalization, through exemplary practices in Kenya, Uganda, and Malawi. Through critical, Freirean-based ecopedagogy, we will analyze and give tenets of constructing permaculture pedagogies that center local practices and counter global-dominate practices by teaching to better understand the politics of their oppressions through and between local, global, and planetary lenses. We first unpack what is meant by permaculture and explore the curricular context of such a framework within the prism of the conceptualized “wicked problem.” From there we explore the critical theories of ecopedagogies and the scope they bring to analyze both problems and solutions. We finally move on to findings from the field and our conclusions, which describe national-level policies for constructing a permaculture curriculum with ecopedagogical groundings which, at global to planetary levels, will be essential as part of critical global/planetary citizenship education.


Permaculture pedagogy Ecopedagogy Climate change 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Yisrael Epstein HaLevi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Greg William Misiaszek
    • 2
  • Hugh Kelly
    • 3
    Email author
  • Sheena Shah
    • 4
  • Charles Mugarura
    • 5
  • Liam James Walsh
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Educational Policy and LeadershipUniversity at AlbanyAlbanyUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Education TheoriesBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.PermezoneSanta BarbaraUSA
  4. 4.Permaculture Research Institute KenyaNairobiKenya
  5. 5.Broadfield Enterprises Uganda – Permaculture Group (Resilient African Network- MUK)KampalaUganda
  6. 6.SydneyAustralia

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