About Us

Our mission is to research how universities and schools can work together to build school gardens that empower pupils and their communities–in age of unprecedented ecological and social challenges. Our interdisciplinary team will explore how school gardens can transform our cities, outdoor learning, and environmental outlook across international borders. The International Green Academy is a collective of researchers from the University of Glasgow and University of Arizona, as well as teachers and pupils at schools at Glasgow (Boclair Academy & Drumchapel High School) and Tucson (Tucson Unified School District).


Director: Dr. Ian Shaw, Associate Professor of Global Security Challenges, University of Leeds
Associate Director: Dr. Cheryl McGeachan, Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Glasgow

Research Assistant: Catherine Holmes, University of Glasgow

Green Technicians
Geographical and Earth Science students at the University of Glasgow

Boclair Academy (Glasgow)
Ruth Bone, principal geography teacher
Julie Crilley, geography teacher
Victoria Duncan, geography teacher

Drumchapel High School (Glasgow)
Steven Lamb, Business, Administration and Enterprise principal teacher
Ally Harris, Glasgow Life

The University of Arizona
Prof. Sallie Marston, Professor and Director, Community & School Garden Program
Moses Thompson, Counsellor at Manzo Academy, Associate Director CSGP
Rachel Wehr, Program Manager and Lead Field Coordinator

Tucson Unified School District
Blue Baldwin, Ecology Program Coordinator at Manzo Elementary School

Funding. We gratefully recognise the following support:

1. British Academy, 2019-2020. The International Green Academy: School Gardens and Progressive Urban Ecologies.
2. The University of Glasgow Knowledge Exchange Fund, 2019-2020. Challenging Eco-Anxiety: Climate Confidence and School Gardens.
3. University of Glasgow Chancellor’s Fund, 2020. Green Technicians: Diversifying and Enhancing Student Outdoor Learning.
4. The University of Glasgow’s School of Geographical & Earth Science Research Enabling Fund, 2020. Green Technician Programme.