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about is the website of the Harris family: Steve Harris, Sue Wakefield, Isobel Davis and Milly, our pet dog. We've recently moved to the lovely seaside resort of Porthcawl in south Wales. We also spend a lot of time in our family woodland in west Wales.
Steven Robert Harris, BSc, PhD
Photo of Steven Robert HarrisSteve Harris is a Research Fellow at the Schumacher Institute for Sustainable Systems, Bristol, where he investigates the social, technical and economic challenges of climate change and the transition to post-carbon living, with a particular focus on developments in post-devolution Wales.

Born and schooled in Birmingham, England, Steve returned to education in the 1990s following a career in the construction industry. His undergraduate training was in computer science, multimedia & hypermedia authoring and human-computer interaction. Steve's Doctoral research applied systems thinking (in the form of activity theory) to the participatory design of collaborative computer-mediated learning environments; the empirical work involved field studies at an adult basic skills open learning centre in south Wales. During this period he developed expertise in the use of systemic-structural activity theory - a unique systems approach to design initially developed in the former Soviet Union - working with the theory's founder, Dr. G. Z. Bedny and as a visiting researcher at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. More about Steve's research can be found here.

Steve began to work in Further Education in 1997, and HE in 2001, joining the University of Glamorgan full-time in 2003 as a member of the interdisciplinary Centre for Astronomy and Science Education, where he helped to design and deliver postgraduate teaching in science communication. As an activist involved with social and environmental issues, Steve's interests increasingly focused on community engagement with sustainability and climate change. In 2006 he helped set up Science Shops Wales, a prototype national network of community-based research centres. As project manager over the next four years, Steve initiated and coordinated a programme of demand-driven, community-based action research mainly focused on supporting Welsh civil society responses to climate change. In 2010-11 he was the coordinator of the Communiversity of Wales pilot project, which involved the design and delivery of a Wales-wide learning exchange network for community-based sustainability practitioners.

Steve is a founder member of the award-winning Aman Valley Conservation Association, a Council Member of the Workers’ Educational Association, and a Trustee for the campaigning NGO Sustainable Wales. He is a member of the Permaculture Association, the Centre for Alternative Technology, Plaid Cymru and Scientists for Global Responsibility. As a passionate advocate of systems thinking and permaculture design, he is proud to be a shareholder in Lammas, the first planned eco-village in Wales. A practising Buddhist and long-standing member of SGI-UK, Steve lives in Porthcawl, south Wales and is married with one daughter, Isobel. In 2010 he was named as one of the Welsh sustainability organisation Cynnal Cymru's Green Heroes.

Download: Steve's Professional CV | publications | Doctoral Thesis

Steve also sometimes works as a creative artist in various media: web, video, desk-top publishing and music. In the 1970s and 80s he was a member and leader of several bands, notably Moon at the Window. You can listen to (and watch) some of Steve's music from the 1980s here.

Susan Janine Wakefield
Photo of Susan WakefieldSue Wakefield is a Yoga teacher and community activist. She is a founder member of the Aman Valley Conservation Association and the Cwmaman Health Group, and over the past decade has been employed as an adult education tutor, community development worker and time-bank coordinator. Sue is currently a volunteer for Sustainable Wales and a member of the SUSSED Fair Trade cooperative.

Isobel Ruby Davis
Photo of Isobel DavisIzzy Davis is currently studying for her Biological Sciences MSci at the University of Birmingham. She is in the third year of her 4-year programme. She is a member of the editorial team for SATNAV, the University's student-led science magazine.

Photo of Milly the dogMilly is 7 years old. She is a cross between a Staffordshire Bull Terrier and a vaguely Bearded-Collie-like dog. She enjoys eating, sleeping, swimming, walks, chasing sticks and balls on the beach, playing with her toys, being fussed over and barking at the postman. We love her a lot.