Udi Butler, PhD

Udi has been active in the field of ethnographic and participatory action research for the last 17 years. His work focuses on marginalized children, youth and participation, indigeneity in art, media and higher education, regenerative practices for ecologies and communities, and the role and possibility of higher education to offer hopeful futures. This later work has included a critique of current higher education systems and a collaboration with alternatives that are emerging from social and ecological movements and indigenous communities across the globe offering innovative practices around sustainable development and regeneration. To this end Dr. Butler has co-founded with Kelly Teamey and others the Enlivened Learning project and the Ecoversities Alliance. Across these strands, Dr. Butler has combined social research, often historically contextualized and critically ethnographic, with more co-creative and collaborative methods of inquiry. At the same time, Dr. Butler has experimented with creative forms of communication, which, in addition to published articles and books, has involved such formats as documentary filmmaking, collaborative publications, and collaborative exhibitions. Dr. Butler received a PhD in social anthropology from Goldsmiths College (University of London), an MS in international development from the University of Bristol, and an MFA from the University of Edinburgh. Dr. Butler has held faculty appointments at EARTH University (Costa Rica), the University of Bristol (UK), and the University of Oxford.


  • PhD, Goldsmiths College, University of London
  • MS, University of Bristol
  • MFA, University of Edinburgh
Udi Butler, PhD

SIT Graduate Institute

Assistant Professor and Chair

MA in Sustainable Development

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