Geoff Lawton is a permaculture consultant, designer and teacher. He holds a diploma in permaculture design. Since 1995 he has specialized in permaculture education, design, implementation, system establishment, administration and community development.
Since 1985, Lawton has undertaken a large number of jobs consulting, designing, teaching and implementing in over thirty countries around the world. Clients have included private individuals, groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, non-governmental organizations and multinational companies.
Lawton's aim is to establish self-replicating educational demonstration sites. He has currently educated over 6,000 students in permaculture worldwide. Lawton's 'master plan' is to see aid projects being replicated as fast as possible to help ameliorate the growing food and water crisis.
Permaculture Research Institute
In October 1997 Bill Mollison, upon his retirement, asked Geoff to establish and direct a new permaculture research institute on the 147-acre (0.59 km2) Tagari Farm. Lawton developed the site over a period of three years and established The Permaculture Research Institute as a global networking centre for permaculture projects. The institute is a non-profit company limited by guarantee. It is currently located at Zaytuna Farm at The Channon in Northern NSW, Australia where Lawton is managing director.
The institute has since founded PRI USA, which is a registered charity - a tax-exempt organization under §501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Other permaculture research institutes that have been launched or are in the process of being launched include: PRI Jordan, PRI Canada, PRI Chile, PRI Turkey and PRI Afghanistan.
- Brick & Tile Permaculture, Permaculture International Journal
- The Sleeping Jaguar (co-author), Permaculture International Journal
- Ecuador (co-author), Permaculture International Journal
- Permaculture Aid in the Balkans, Permaculture International Journal
- Future Food Security, Green Connections
Harvesting Water the Permaculture Way (2007) Establishing a Food Forest (2008) Introduction to Permaculture Design (2009) Permaculture Soils (2010) Urban Permaculture (2011)
- The Permaculture Research Institute
- The Worldwide Permaculture Network
- Greening the Desert - Dramatic example of permaculture at work, as implemented by Geoff Lawton.
- Greening the Desert II - the follow-up to the above project.
- Permaculture Master Plan - Permaculture Centers Worldwide.
- Video Tour of Geoff Lawton's Zaytuna Farm (Apr/May 2012)
- Video Tour of Geoff Lawton's Zaytuna Farm (Mar/Apr 2013)
- The Permaculture Research Institute of Greece
- The Permaculture Research Institute of Turkey
- The Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast
- The Permaculture Research Institute of Arabia
- Permaculture Across Borders