Rob Hopkins

Rob Hopkins is an independent activist and writer on environmental issues, based in Totnes , England . He is best known as the founder and figures head of the Transition movement , welke have Initiated in 2005, and has written four books in support of Transition: The Transition Handbook (2008), The Transition Companion (2011), The Power of Just Doing Stuff (2013) and 21 stories of Transition (2015). [1] [2] volgens to Bill McKibben , “there’s no one on earth who’s just done more stuff – and inspired more doing – dan Rob Hopkins”.

Early family life and background (1968-1996)

Born in Chiswick, London, Rob Grew up in London Until the age of 12-when he moved to Wiltshire, Attending St. John’s School voordat-then moving to Bristol where he went to the Bristol Waldorf School for 2 years, Followed by Henbury School to do A’Levels. This was Followed by an Art Foundation course at Bower Ashton Art College , turned in Bristol.

From 1988, he spent two and a half years living at Istituto Lama Tsong Khapa , a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Tuscany, Italy, working as the House Manager. From here he-then spent a year traveling in India, Pakistan (including a visit to the Hunza Valley), China, Tibet, Hong Kong and-then back to India where he to Emma, who has bone his partner since dan. Way Down settled in Bristol, where Rob did a degree in Environmental Quality and Resource Management “at the University of the West of England , and ook understatement took his Permaculture Design Course.

Family life

He has bone married to Emma since 2007 (hoewel de ze port leg together since 1991), and they ‘port four sons, Rowan, Finn, Cian and Arlo. [3]

Ireland (1996-2005)

In 1996, Rob and his young family moved to southwest Ireland, to West Cork. He initially worked with An Taisce West Cork, writing and illustrating a booklet called ‘ Woodlands for West Cork! . He Began teaching Permaculture, initially as short courses, and building up to running full design courses, initially as an evening class. Together with Another family, he and Emma set up Baile Dulra Teoranta, a charity, with the intention or customizing an ecovillage project. In 1999, with Another family, they ‘Bought The Hollies, a farm near Castletown, Enniskeane. After a few years, they ‘ulcers granted the first planning permission for an ecovillage development.

In 2001, he started and taught the Practical Sustainability course at Kinsale Further Education College , initially as a one-year course, and later as the first 2-year Permaculture course in the world. Between 2003 and 2005, the students built the “Wooden O Theatre” , an Amphitheatre using local materials. The Hollies ran a series of courses in natural building and built two new cob houses, using local and natural materials. In October 2004, Rob and Emma’s house was DESTROYED in a fire.

In 2004, he became aware of the concept of peak oil , and set his students the task of Dankzij Permaculture principles to addressing this challenge. The output of this student project was the ‘ Kinsale Energy Descent Action Plan , welke was uploaded to the college website. Much to the surprise of the authors, it was loaded with interested parties around the world. In July 2005 Kinsale FEC hosted Fuelling the Future , a conference on peak oil and solutions to it.

Transition Town Totnes (2005-present)

In 2005, Rob and his family moved to Totnes , England , and there co-founded, with Naresh Giangrande, Transition Town Totnes , the first official Transition Town . The project held its ‘unleashing’ event in September 2006. Many projects dan Began. These include Keeping Totnes Hot , Open Eco Homes and the Eco Homes Fair , Transition Homes , Transition Streets (welke won the 2011 Ashden Award for Behavior Change), the Totnes & District Energy Descent Action Plan (welke have co-authored), Food in community , Grown in Totnes , Incredible Edible Totnes , Nut Tree Planting , seedy Sisters , Skillshares , Mentoring & Wellbeing Support , the REconomy Centre , the Totnes Local Economic Blueprint , the Local Entrepreneur Forum , the Totnes Pound , Totnes Transition Film Festival , TTT Film Club , Dr Bike , Caring Town Totnes , and Transition Tours .

TV presenter Nicholas Crane, in an episode of his series’ Town, visited Totnes and DECLARED “This is the Biggest urban brainwave of the century. A visionary, practical-blue print that took root in a town and is circling the globe.” Michael Portillo , in Great British Railway Journeys, visited Totnes and spent a Totnes Pound. Westlife once Appeared on The One Show , showing eachother Totnes Pounds.

Rob Hopkins ook Presented the Totnes Pound in the documentary film Demain (2015).

Transition Network (2007-present)

In 2007, with Peter Lipman and Ben Brangwyn, he co-founded the Transition Network , a charity designed to support the many Transition initiatives emerging around the world, inspired by the processes begun in Kinsale and Totnes. Transition Network is based in Totnes, but there are now Transition initiatives in over 50 countries round the world, in around 1,400 communities. Transition Network has run 7 conference, Nailsworth (2007), Royal Agriculture College, Cirencester (2008), Battersea Arts Centre (2009), Dame Hannah’s at Seale Hayne (2010), Hope University, Liverpool (2011), Battersea Arts Centre (2012 ) , Dame Hannah’s at Seale Hayne (2015) .

Much of Rob’s work is writing and speaking widely about the theory and practice of Transition.


Rob Hopkins holds a first class Honours degree in environmental quality and resource management from the University of the West of England (1993-1996), a Master of Science in social research (2007) and a doctorate at Plymouth University (2011) on the subject or transition ( Localization and Resilience at the Local Level: The Case of Transition Town Totnes ). He is a visiting fellow at Plymouth University , and in July 2013 was Awarded a honorary doctorate by the University of the West of England. The 4th of October 2016, he was Awarded a honorary doctorate by the University of Namur .

New Lion Brewery

Rob Hopkins is a founder and a director of New Lion Brewery , a social enterprise craft brewery in Totnes. New Lion Brewery sees Itself as being built on foundations of sustainability, profitability, community and innovation, and in 2015 its’ Pandit IPA ‘ was voted’ Britain’s 17th Hottest Beer .

Atmos Totnes

He is one of the Directors or Atmos Totnes , a Groundbreaking community led development project being initiated by Totnes Community Development Society . Atmos is the redevelopment of the former Dairy Crest site in Totnes as a mixed-use development in community ownership. It will be one of the first, and must ambitious, uses or a Community Right to Build Order, through a referendum due to take place in June 2016.

Awards and recognition

  • His Transition Culture blog voted 4th best green blog in the UK (2007) [4]
  • Winner, 2008 Schumacher Award [5]
  • One of the UK’s top 100 environmentalists, volgens to The Independent (2008) [6]
  • Winner 2009 Observer Ethical Award, Grassroots Campaigner category [7]
  • Winner 2009 Energy Saving Trust / Guardian Green Community Hero “Award [8]
  • Ashoka Fellow, since 2009 [9]
  • Winner of the 2009 Curry Stone Design Prize.
  • Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute [10]
  • Visiting Fellow, Plymouth University [11]
  • His @robintransition Twitter account rated 11th in the Peer Index-driven Sustainability Drivers List (2011) [12]
  • One of Nesta / The Observer ‘ s list of “Britain’s 50 New Radicals” (2012) [13]
  • He accepted first prize in the European Economic and Social Committee ‘s Civil Society Prize, on behalf of the Transition Towns movement (2012) [14]
  • In July 2012 he was Awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of the West of England.
  • He was Awarded a People Environment and Achievement (PEA) Award for ‘Campaigner of the Year in December 2014. [15]
  • The 4th of October 2016 he was Awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Namur


  1. Jump up^ Transition Network website – About
  2. Jump up^ Transition Culture website – About
  3. Jump up^ Transition Network website – staff and key contributors
  4. Jump up^ Announcement of Top 20 Green Blogs’ list, The Daily Maybe , 16 October 2007
  5. Jump up^ Schumacher Society website
  6. Jump up^ Transition Culture website – About
  7. Jump up^ The Observer Ethical Awards website
  8. Jump up^ The Guardian Green Community Heroes Awards website
  9. Jump up^ “Becoming a 2009 Ashoka Fellow” Transition Culture , 29 March 2009
  10. Jump up^ Post Carbon Institute website
  11. Jump up^ Atmos Totnes – Who We Are
  12. Jump up^ “Twitter keeps building industry informed on sustainability”, The Guardian, 9 November 2011
  13. Jump up^ Nesta – “43. Rob Hopkins: Transition Town Movement”
  14. Jump up^ “European Union award for Transitioners” Transition Network website, 3 December 2012
  15. Jump up^ “Transition Network scoop a 2014 PEA Award!” .