Vincent Walsh is a socio ecological action led futurologist. Director of the Biospheric Foundation CIC, Europe’s first socio ecological urban research practice, geographically positioning critical research, creating the conditions for transdisciplinarity & the emergence of new urban cultures. The project put Greater Manchester at the forefront of this vital area of international research
and activity. Vincent founded of The Biospheric Project, Europe’s first multi system urban farm, part laboratory and part research centre, all embedded in the heart of an existing community in Greater Manchester, UK. Supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and players of People’s Postcode Lottery (91k), Manchester International Festival 2013, generating £38m, boosted the
city’s economy and created hundreds of jobs.
Vincent completed a PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University focusing on socio ecological urban development. Vincent’s research at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) was chosen as one of the 100 Big Ideas that will change the future by the Research Council UK. Vincent is a practitioner -researcher for the Urban Environment cluster group at School of Science and the Environment, MMU. Vincent was a joint partner in Manchester winning bid to host the 6th World Congress on Ecological Restoration, after ’team Manchester’impressed decision-makers with the city’s sustainable credentials. The five-day event, which takes place 23-27 August 2015, will bring 1,500 delegates to the city, in a deal estimated to be worth £3.9m for the local economy.
Vincent joined the Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (SURF) at the University of Salford as a practitioner – researcher in January 2014. Also collaborating with SURF, co-producing a case study on the Biospheric Foundation. This case study contributed to the research being undertaken for the Greater Manchester Local Interaction Platform, funded by Mistra Urban Future. Vincent was a key partner securing a million pound funding bid for East Salford, Communities Living Sustainable program, a five year investigation, implementing sustainable urban infrastructure.
Vincent is a co-founder of Microcosm, an Ecological Property Development Company working in collaboration with innovating system thinkers, deep ecologists & architects, exploring the boundaries of advanced ecological urban systems. Vincent has embarked on a number of worldwide community projects. Developing ecological dwellings at Eko Sense in Croatia, filming a documentary while living with homeless communities in New York, Chicago and San Francisco, as well as time in Ethiopia and Nigeria developing skills around agroforestry. Vincent is a Brand Ambassador for the world renowned outdoor clothing label Craghoppers.