Rob Hopkins

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Rob Hopkins in the documentary Voices of Transition

Rob Hopkins is an independent activist and writer on environmental issues, based in Totnes, England. He is best known as the founder and figurehead of the Transition Towns movement, which he started in 2005, and has written three books in support of Transition: The Transition Handbook (2008), The Transition Companion (2011) and The Power of Just Doing Stuff (2013).[1][2]

Family life[edit]

He is married, with four sons, Rowan, Finn, Cian and Arlo.[3]


In 1996, having earned a degree in Environmental Quality and Resource Management, Rob Hopkins moved from the UK to Ireland, and began teaching permaculture and natural building at Kinsale College of Further Education, where he set up the world's first full-time two year permaculture course, as well as co-ordinating the first eco-village development to be granted planning permission in Ireland.

In 2004, he became aware of the concept of peak oil, and set his students the task of applying permaculture principles to addressing this challenge. The output of this student project was the ‘Kinsale Energy Descent Action Plan’, which was uploaded to the college website. Much to the surprise of the authors, it was downloaded by interested parties around the world.

In 2005, Rob Hopkins moved to Totnes, England, and there co-founded Transition Town Totnes, the first official Transition Town, basing his actions on the same permaculture principles that underpinned his work in Kinsale. In 2007, he co-founded the Transition Network, a charity designed to support the many Transition initiatives emerging around the world, inspired by the processes begun in Kinsale and Totnes. Since then he has been writing and speaking widely about the theory and practice of Transition Towns.

He also holds an MSc in Social Research, and completed a PhD at Plymouth University in 2011 on the subject of Transition - Localisation and Resilience at the Local Level: The Case of Transition Town Totnes.[4][5][6][7]

Awards and recognition[edit]


  1. ^ Transition Network website - About
  2. ^ Transition Culture website - About
  3. ^ Transition Network website - staff and key contributors
  4. ^ Green Books - Author Info: Rob Hopkins
  5. ^ "Kinsale Energy Descent Action Plan - Online",, 5 December 2005
  6. ^ Transition Network website - About
  7. ^ Transition Culture website - About
  8. ^ Announcement of 'Top 20 Green Blogs' list, The Daily Maybe, 16 October 2007
  9. ^ Schumacher Society website
  10. ^ Transition Culture website - About
  11. ^ The Observer Ethical Awards website
  12. ^ The Guardian Green Community Heroes Awards website
  13. ^ "Becoming a 2009 Ashoka Fellow", Transition Culture, 29 March 2009
  14. ^ Post Carbon Institute website
  15. ^ Atmos Totnes - Who We Are
  16. ^ "Twitter keeps building industry informed on sustainability", The Guardian, 9 November 2011
  17. ^ NESTA - "43. Rob Hopkins: Transition Town Movement"
  18. ^ "European Union award for Transitioners", Transition Network website, 3 December 2012

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