Dr Simon Platten’s PhD research concerned the social dynamics of small-scale cultivation in the mountains and upland plateau of Minahasa, Indonesia. This focused upon planting patterns and the interface between moral and market economies.
In the UK Dr Platten maintains a research interest in small-scale cultivation. Most recently, he has been developing research with local allotment holders in Kent. Simon is interested in patterns of germplasm exchange, the maintenance of landrace diversity and the impact of homegardens upon household economy.
Dr Platten received his PhD from the University of Kent. He also holds an MSc in Environmental Anthropology from the same. Originally from Cornwall, Simon maintains strong links with the area.
Dr Platten continues to be involved in collaborations between the Eden Project in Cornwall and the School of Anthropology and Conservation here at Kent.