Collaborative Research: Examples and Lessons from a Baltic Sea Project


“Ecovillages for Sustainable Rural Development,” or ECOVILLAGES, is a collaborative research project in which ecovillagers and academics, and ecovillager academics, aim to advance the political recognition, number, resources, and influence of ecovillages in the Baltic Sea Region. The ECOVILLAGES project builds on the conviction that ecovillages are a solution to many problems facing society today. It also involves actors with different experiences and approaches to implementing and spreading that solution. As such, it highlights important issues and possibilities that emerge when academics, activists, and activist academics attempt to work together to change society.