Fieldwork: a key approach to learning at the School of System Change.

‘Fieldwork’ can be defined as ‘practical work conducted by a researcher in the natural environment, rather than in a laboratory or office’.

Zahra Davidson
Jan 25, 2018 · 3 min read

You can only really understand systems by engaging in systems, so the doing is an important as the listening

— Danny Burns, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University

Before Basecamp I was working intuitively with systems, matching stakeholders and resources to create impact. Now I have a more conscious understanding of interconnectedness and the dynamics at play.

— Stelios Voulgaris, Basecamp participant 2017


Promprylad — ‘Our systemic diagnosis journey’

My fieldwork was in Ukraine which was a fantastically unique experience, a post-industrial revitalisation project, something that I’ve never done before.

— Rachel Jetel, sustainability consultant

Fieldwork output for Promprylad. Designed up by Ellie Pritchard.

“We are using the output which has brought us far more value than other consulting projects.”

— Alona Karavai, Promprylad


Fieldwork output for Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Designed up by Zahra Davidson.

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation — ‘Valuing the Ocean’


Fieldwork output for Sky. Designed up by Irene Palacio.

Sky — ‘Ocean Rescue’

“We went into Sky, looking at how we can help them, using the system change tools that we’ve learnt in a real life situation.”

— Laura Hardman


Fieldwork output for North Camden Zone. Designed up by Gabriella Marsh.

Into the Zone

North Camden Zone


School of System Change

We are equipping people with the capabilities to lead system change initiatives addressing complex sustainability challenges. The School offers flexible access to the best learning experiences, tools, case studies from the field, while growing the community of practice.

Zahra Davidson

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Co-founder & Director @EnrolYourself | Affiliate School of #SystemsChange @Forum4theFuture | Formerly @yearhere @wearesnook

School of System Change

We are equipping people with the capabilities to lead system change initiatives addressing complex sustainability challenges. The School offers flexible access to the best learning experiences, tools, case studies from the field, while growing the community of practice.