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WorldWild Podcast

 Episode 41  17th April 2020

Wild Solitude with Leanne Townsend

This week we are speaking with Leanne Townsend, a social scientist at the James Hutton Institute and forager, about solitary pursuits, foraging as therapy, being rooted where you are, and our role as humans in the wild. Leanne is currently planning a research project into foraging practices and the role of the forager in the modern-day. We discuss the importance of unearthing the relational in our dealings with wild places and what we can do to rethink our ways of being to bring intimacy into solitude. Tap into a fascinating conversation apt for our times...



'I'm almost my own case study'

- Leanne Townsend / ep.41

About Leanne Townsend


Leanne Townsend is a social scientist based at The James Hutton Institute, working in the Social, Economic and Geographic sciences. She has researched and published papers on food systems, the digital divide between rural and urban communities in Britain, and rural development with an eye towards sustainability. She is also a forager and runs Wild Food Stories, based in Aberdeenshire and throughout Scotland. She is currently planning to merge her ‘two selves’ in a social science study on foraging and wild food practices in the UK.

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We offer a series of conversations to tap into the wildness within ourselves and to uncover what is possible when we do. It is our hope that through the WorldWild Podcast we can contribute to the revitalisation of wild food culture and conversation around the world.


Through people who know their landscapes intimately, we gather the threads to weave a rich tapestry. Piece by piece the vision of a wilder world comes into view. The wild embrace of nature welcomes us back and offers us a seat at the table. A feast, no less!



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