Yin Chan

Date of Completion


Document Type

Open Access Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Robert Ricketts

Second Advisor

Jeremy Szteiter


The plight of suburban wildlife receives considerably less attention than that of exotic or endangered species despite facing similar threats due to the decline of their natural habitats as humans expand upon them. From the perspective of a reflective practitioner, this paper provides new avenues to rethink current views on human-local wildlife relations and answer some of the difficult questions surrounding the topic. The methodology of Action Research is employed to explore concepts relevant to human-local wildlife relations. A synthesized practical framework integrating Action Research with Permaculture Design is proposed to create models for mutually beneficial coexistence between local wildlife and human beings. Each stage of the framework utilizes either a critical analysis or creative problem-solving tool from my studies in the Graduate Program in Critical and Creative Thinking (CCT) at the University of Massachusetts Boston College of Education and Human Development. Finally, I reflect on my learning processes and outcomes at the CCT program and its influence on my personal development.