Personal profile


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 on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Cuban Studies, a Member of Research Advisory Board of the Permaculture Association, and Council member 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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Research Output 2008 2017

A Case Study of the Mayan Civilization and Strategies Used by Mayan Society for Judicious Use of Water in their Ancient Agroecological Systems

Wright, J., Tzec-Gamboa, M., Solorio Sánchez, F. J., Ramírez-Avilés, L., Fiebrig, I., Pulido, M. & Basu, S. K. 2017 Environment at Crossroads: Challenges, Dynamics and Solutions. Basu, S. K., Zandi, P. & Chalaras, S. K. (eds.). 1st ed. Iran: Haghshenass Publication, p. 161-168 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

climate change
soil fertility
El Salvador
agricultural sector
working group

Healing Gardens: A new Approach for Integrating Health, Environment and Society

Basu, S. K., zandi, P., Wright, J., Solorio, F. J., Cetzal-Ix, W., Sengupta, R. & Arya, A. 2016 ANTHROPOGENIC POLLUTION CAUSES AND CONCERN. Arya, A. & Basu, S. (eds.). New Delhi, India: The Readers Paradise, p. 390-403

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Silvopastoral Systems: Best Agroecological Practice for Resilient Production Systems Under Dryland and Drought Conditions

Solorio, S. F. J., Wright, J., Franco, M. J. A., Basu, S. K., Sarabia, S. L., Ramirez, L., Ayala, B. A., Aguilar, P. C. & Ku, V. J. C. 2016 Quantification of Climate Variability, Adaptation and Mitigation for Agricultural Sustainability. Ahmed, M. & Stockle, C. O. (eds.). Switzerland: Springer Verlag, p. 233-250

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
climate change
arid lands
silvopastoral systems

The Potential of Silvopastoral Systems for Milk and Meat Organic Production in the Tropics

Solorio, S. F. J., Basu, S. K., Sarabia, S. L., Ayala, B. A., Ramirez, A. L., Aguilar, P. C., Erales, V. J. A., Ku, V. J. C. & Wright, J. 2016 Organic Farming for Sustainable Agriculture. Nandwani, D. (ed.). Springer Verlag, p. 169-183

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
silvopastoral systems
meat production
milk production

Activities 1995 2016

  • 20 Participation in conference
  • 2 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Biofach 2016 Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM

Wright, J. (Keynote Speaker)
10 Feb 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

International Permaculture Conference

Wright, J. (Co-convenor)
8 Sep 20159 Sep 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

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

Wright, J. (Keynote Speaker)
5 Nov 2014

Activity: Participation in conference

Technology or Agroecology Workshop of the Tropical Agriculture Association

Wright, J. (Speaker)
10 Mar 2014

Activity: Participation in conference