Kirsten is a qualified Community Development worker who has worked in a wide variety of community based organisations including the City Farm movement and Prisons with young people leaving custody. Kirsten has an MSc in Research and has taught in Higher Education for the last 10 years. Kirsten currently teaches Working in the Community, Evaluating Quality, Health and Social Care in Context and delivers the series of short courses on Intentional Communities. She is currently undertaking her PhD which is an ethnographic study of an established UK Community.
Kirsten's research focuses on the formation, lived experience and the experimentality of intentional communities. She is particularly interested in the ways in which intentional communities foster and engage with social and practical experiments and testing ways of living which can potentially influence wider social practices. This work includes a focus upon the process that enable experimentality, and the way in which being ‘alternative’ can facilitate and action utopian thoughts and ideas. She is also the lead for the Intentional Communities research group at Cardiff Metropolitan University.