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I have worked for over 30 years on sustainable agriculture and food security applied research and development, specialising in building the capacity and resilience of vulnerable communities to natural and man-made disasters, and regeneration of the natural resource base. Sectoral experience covers production and postharvest, agroforestry, food supply and distribution systems, urban agriculture and nutrition, organic and fair trade, bioregional development, research, extension and knowledge systems, and farmer livelihood strategies. I have institutional experience of the United Nations – FAO, IFAD, WB; the EU; the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) – CIP, ICRAF; UK government departments of DEFRA and DFID; and the private and non-governmental sectors. Specific country experience in Europe – UK, Netherlands and Spain; Central and South America – Peru, Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, Jamaica; Asia – Afghanistan, China, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia; Africa – Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa. I am currently a Deployable Civilian Expert with DFID’s Stabilisation Unit.

I have a doctorate in Ecological Agriculture, Knowledge Systems and Food Security in Post-Crisis Cuba, from Wageningen University, Wageningen, the Netherlands ( 2005), and am currently Chair of the UK Biodynamic Agriculture Association.

Research Interests

Chiefly: Quantum Thinking for Agroecology.

Also: Cuban farming and food systems; Agriculture and human nutrition; Regenerative agriculture and permaculture; Eco-psychology, green ecology and traditional knowledge systems; Stabilisation Agriculture: Building environmental and social resilience to natural and man-made disasters

Vision Statement

Ultimately food and farming research becomes a study of humanity. If we keep at it, and don't  let ourselves get stuck on one particular issue or belief, then we are drawn to the bigger existential questions, and also drawn into a deeper connection with nature. As Buckminster Fuller pointed out, the environmental movement only exists as long as we see nature as being separate from ourselves. For once we recognise that our environment is a reflection of, and part of, ourselves, and that it is conscious, then we would treat it very differently. My research vision is to have fun exploring this, with like minded people.


Education/Academic qualification

Agriculture, Doctorate, Wageningen University and Research Centre

1 Mar 19981 May 2005

Sustainable Agriculture, MSc, Wye College

1 Sep 199231 Aug 1993

Land and Water Management, Postgraduate Diploma, Cranfield University

1 Sep 19851 Jun 1986

Studies in the Rural Environment, Degree, University of Wales Trinity Saint Davids

1 Sep 198231 Aug 1985

External positions

Council Member, Biodynamic Agriculture Association

1 Nov 2016 → …

External Examiner, Schumacher College

1 Sep 20141 Sep 2016

Board of Trustees, Bioregional Development Group

1 Jan 20121 Jan 2014

Editorial Committee Member, International Journal for the Study of Cuba

1 Jan 2012 → …

Research Advisory Board Member, Permaculture Association UK

1 Jan 2012 → …

Council Member, Writtle University College

1 Jan 20121 Jan 2014


  • S Agriculture (General)
  • quantum
  • GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography

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Projects 2017 2020

Research Output 2007 2019

Alternative Agriculture

A Case Study Investigation of Sustainable Yogic Agriculture and Reflections on its Relation to Biodynamic Agriculture

Wright, J., Bojesen Jensen, J. & Ramsay, T., 2019, (Submitted) In : Open Agriculture.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Skates (Fish)
17 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Economic and social effects
4 Citations (Scopus)
66 Downloads (Pure)

Cover crop biomass production is more important than diversity for weed suppression

MacLaren, C., Swanepoel, P., Bennett, J., Wright, J. & Dehnen-Schmutz, K., Mar 2019, In : Crop Science. 59, 2, p. 733-748 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
cover crops
weed control
biomass production

Introducing the Invisible into Agricultural Knowledge Systems

Wright, J., Jul 2018, p. 45. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

farming system
indigenous knowledge

Activities 1995 2017

  • 20 Participation in conference
  • 2 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Oral presentation

Quantum-Based Agriculture: Time to Embrace the Invisible?

Julia Wright (Speaker)
28 Nov 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Biofach 2016 Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM

Julia Wright (Keynote Speaker)
10 Feb 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Islands: Models for our Planet – Metaphors for our World

Julia Wright (Speaker)
12 Jan 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

International Permaculture Conference

Julia Wright (Co-convenor)
8 Sep 20159 Sep 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

5th International Conference University, Empreza, Ecological Agriculture and Livestock

Julia Wright (Keynote Speaker)
5 Nov 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference