Roads to Research: Action Research for Transformations

12:00PM to 1:00PM January 30, 2020
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Quarterdeck, Grant Building
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Please join us for a Roads to Research presentation with Catherine Etmanski, Niels Agger-Gupta, and Visiting Professor, Hilary Bradbury

  • Date: January 30
  • Time: noon to 1 p.m.
  • Location: Quarterdeck, Grant Building

Action Research for Transformations

As many across campus will know, the MA Leadership program promotes engaged and action-oriented approaches to research. To further enhance these approaches and support mutual learning, the School of Leadership Studies has invited Dr. Hilary Bradbury to be a Visiting Professor throughout 2020. Hilary is Editor-In-Chief of the SAGE Action Research Journal (ARJ), and has edited multiple issues of the bestselling SAGE Handbook of Action Research (also with Peter Reason). Today Hilary leads AR+ Foundation ( a global online and face-to-face community to support action-oriented scholar-practitioners to work at their developmental edge, in response to the social-eco challenges of our times. 

AR+ Foundation convenes community, curates resources, and develops accessible resources. AR+ emphasizes Action Research for Transformations (ART) and calls action researchers to better tie their efforts, practice, and inquiry to the challenging practice. Action Research for Transformations (ART)

  • Has, as its purpose, the support of our collective thriving on this planet.
  • Includes and transcends individualistic rationalist empiricism because we acknowledge whole selves who are relational beings.
  • Starts with stakeholders’ felt experiences and a joint willingness to tackle unilaterally held power that divides us.
  • Embraces multiple ways of knowing-for-action, with concern for tending “brave spaces” to enable transformative capacity.
  • Integrates personal/reflexive (“first person-”), interpersonal/relational (“second person-”) and impersonal (“third person-”) knowledge; all three are needed to empower us to shape the social world of our aspirations.

Catherine Etmanski will place this work in context by sharing examples of MA Leadership students’ engaged and action-oriented approaches to research. She will also speak to her involvement in the AR+ community as a co-facilitator with Hilary for the “Mindful Integration of Creativity and Action” (MICA) co-lab.

Niels Agger-Gupta will speak about his involvement in the “Action Research for Transformations” conference in Sweden in 2019, and his work promoting large group collaborative research processes.

Hilary Bradbury will speak more about the Action Research for Transformations initiative, and the multiple possibilities for collaboration as part of the AR+ global community and beyond.

Please bring your lunch. Cookies & coffee will be provided.

Research Services gratefully acknowledges the funding support of the Research Support Fund (RSF) in the development of this initiative. The RSF is administered by the Tri-Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat.

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