Purpose of research

Research at The Field Centre directly supports the charitable objects of Ruskin Mill Trust (RMT). It aims to improve our practice with students, evidence the benefits of our approach, and deepen staff understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of our Practical Skills Therapeutic Education (PSTE) method.

We further these aims through three kinds of research:

  • Practitioner research by staff for staff
  • Goethean research to develop our theoretical basis
  • Outcomes-oriented research for external stakeholders

The Field Centre Management

Our research consultant Dr Laurence Cox, and applied researcher Dr Gill Nah provide the research infrastructure that supports around 20 active researchers, both with the Trust and externally.

Doctoral Research

The Field Centre is pleased to confirm its responsibility for undertaking PhD level research, specifically research to ensure the vibrancy and quality of the Trust’s method. All research undertaken serves to develop staff practice for the benefit of and impact on student progression.

To further this, Ruskin Mill Trust is sponsoring the following PhD research in collaboration with these universities:




Berni Courts

Coventry University

Field 3 Biodynamic Ecology

Vicki Wren

Exeter University

Field 4 Therapeutic Education

Matt Briggs

Sheffield Hallam University

Field 2 Practical Skills

Constantin Court

Sheffield University

Field 4 Therapeutic Education

Ricardo Pereira

Coventry University

Field 3 Community Supported Agriculture

Simon Reakes

Royal Holloway, University of London

Field 1 Genius Loci

Associate researchers

The Field Centre hosts two associate researchers, Dr Judyth Sassoon (School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol; PDRA Research Group), Dr Troy Vine (Humboldt University Berlin; Schumacher College). Both Judyth and Troy are primarily based in other academic institutions, and carry out research in their specialised fields for the Field Centre.