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Dr Joanna Burch-Brown


I am a lecturer in Philosophy at Bristol University, and my research is in normative and practical ethics.  I did my doctoral work at University of Cambridge (King's College), in the History and Philosophy of Science Department.  My undergraduate work was at Oberlin College, in politics (environmental political theory) and I did an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History at Cambridge.  Before coming to Bristol, I spent a year as a Research Fellow at Oxford University, in the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. 

For 12 years (2003-2015) I acted as a trustee and director for Forest Farm Peace Garden (FFPG), a community gardening project based in East London. I founded this charity ten years ago with a grant from the Compton Foundation of San Francisco. The project aims to promote health, wellbeing, environmental sustainability and intercultural awareness.  We work especially with refugees and asylum seekers, mental health service users, local probation teams, wildlife trusts, and local volunteers.  We have regenerated two and a half acres of land with raised fruit and vegetable beds, ponds, willow domes, a wind turbine, a carpentry area, a cob oven, an apiary, and a forest garden, and we run lots of arts events and gardening workshops for local folks. We have won a variety of awards and grants, most recently including £90,000 from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund.

I'm a founding member of the University of Bristol's new Centre for Black Humanities, and have an active research collaboration with members of Bristol's Countering Colston campaign.



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