Geoff Lawton

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Geoff Lawton
Lawton, 2015
Born (1954-12-10) December 10, 1954 (age 62)
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
Residence Australia
Citizenship Australia
Fields Permaculture, Agriculture
Spouse Nadia Lawton

Geoff Lawton (December 10, 1954) is a permaculture consultant, designer, teacher and speaker.[1][2] Since 1995 he has specialized in permaculture education, design, implementation, system establishment, administration and community development.[3]


Since 1985, Lawton has undertaken a large number of jobs consulting, designing, teaching and implementing in over thirty countries around the world.[4][5] 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 15,000 students in Permaculture worldwide.[citation needed] These include graduates of the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course and courses focused on the practical design of sustainable soil, water, plant, animal, energy, structures, legal and economic systems. Lawton's 'master plan' is to see aid projects being replicated as fast as possible to help ameliorate the growing food and water crisis.

In 1996 he was accredited with the Permaculture Community Services Award by the permaculture movement for services in Australia and around the world.

In October 1997 Bill Mollison, upon his retirement, asked Geoff to establish and direct a new Permaculture Research Institute on the 66 hectare Tagari Farm developed by Bill. Geoff Lawton further developed the site over three years and established The Permaculture Research Institute Australia as a not for profit company. PRI was eventually moved to Zaytuna Farm, in The Channon, where it continues today.

Geoff Lawton is the managing director of The Permaculture Research Institute Australia and The Permaculture Research Institute USA a registered not for profit organisation that has tax deductible gift recipient status. Establishing sustainable aid projects as permaculture demonstration sites that also function as education centres for local and international students has become a major focus with the establishment of Permaculture Research Institutes in Jordan, Afghanistan, Spain, Malaysia, Vietnam, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Thailand, China and many more countries underway.

Geoff and Bill have remained close over the years and have also taught a number of courses together. Geoff Lawton is also a presenter in Bill Mollison's Teaching DVD Set.[6]

Lawton is good friends with John D. Liu, a Chinese-American film-maker and ecologist who documented large scale ecological recovery in the Loess plateau, China after a government project set to rehabilitate an area the size of Belgium. Lawton appears in Liu's documentary Hope In a Changing Climate.[7]

Recently, he has achieved success in establishing a permaculture ecosystem in Wadi Rum, in southern Jordan.[8][9] He has also helped to begin the Al Baydha Project, a land restoration program, in western Saudi Arabia.

On March 31, 2012 Geoff Lawton appeared at TEDx conference in Ajman.[10]


  • 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)
  • Greening The Desert II (2009)[11]
  • Permaculture Soils (2010)
  • Urban Permaculture (2011)


  • The Permaculture Research Institute Australia won the Humanitarian Water & Food Award for 2010 for their initiative “Greening the Desert“.[12]
  • The Permaculture Research Institute and founder Geoff Lawton, based in Australia, are the 2015 winners of the Energy Globe Award.[13]
  • The Permaculture Research Institute recognised with UNCCD Accreditation[14]

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  1. ^ "IPC is Becoming A World Class Event!". Permaculture magazine. May 22, 2015. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Freedom Summit - Speakers". Retrieved 4 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Making barren lands bountiful". CNN. October 7, 2009. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  4. ^ Isaacs, Guineith (March 20, 2015). "Permaculture Creates an Oasis in the Middle East". Guardian Liberty Voice. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  5. ^ Grover, Sami (October 14, 2010). "Permaculture Greens the Jordanian Desert, But Why Are People Wary? (Video)". TreeHugger. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "Permaculture design course [videorecording] / featuring Bill Mollison , Geoff Lawton". Trove. Retrieved 16 March 2016. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "From Desert to Oasis in 4 Years". February 1, 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "Energy self-sufficiency on a Scottish island, gardens in the sky, flushing with pride and restoring the Jordan Valley". Al Jazeera English. July 7, 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "Speakers". TEDx. March 31, 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2016. 
  11. ^ "Greening the Desert II". December 11, 2009. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  12. ^ "The Permaculture Research Institute 2010 Award Winner". (The Humanitarian Water and Food Award Website). Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  13. ^ "Geoff Lawton & Permaculture Research Institute Win Prestigious Energy Globe Award". Permaculture Magazine. July 10, 2015. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  14. ^ "The Permaculture Research Institute recognised with UNCCD". January 1, 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 

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