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Editor In Chief
Hilary Bradbury. Epistemology, Material for non peer reviewed sections (reviews,
Mary Brydon-Miller: Research ethics, Urban Planning, Arts, Community education.
Lai Fong Chiu: Health promotion, Health development, Health communications.
Victor J. Friedman Action science, Organizational learning, Social entrepreneurship, Conflict.
Patricia Gaya Wicks: Sustainable development/Sustainability; Organizational Change, Rural
Davydd Greenwood: Higher education, Democratizing research, Industrial AR, IT.
Meghna Guhathakurta: Gender and development, Political identities and minorities, Sexuality.
Marianne Kristiansen: Communication; Dialogue, Organizational development, Work Groups.
Ernie Stringer: Community Engagement, Primary & Secondary Education, Social work.
Hilary Bradbury, Ph.D., is Director of Sustainable Business Programs at University of
Southern California Center for Sustainable Cities, www.sustainablecities.edu. She brings her
expertise in action research to work with businesses on issues of sustainability. Prior to this she
was Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University|
Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland, Ohio. She has published widely in journals
including Organization Science and Academy of Management Executive. She is editor of Action
Research and co-editor with Peter Reason of the bestselling Handbook of Action Research (Sage,
2001, 2006, 2008). Hilary is multi lingual, having grown up in Ireland and having worked in
Germany, Switzerland and Japan. She lives in LA with her family. The project that takes most
of her time now is SEER (Sustainable Enterprise Executive Roundtable). SEER enables
collaborative learning among Southern California business leaders so that more sustainable
practices result, benefiting the environment and the bottom line, through projects that promote
sustainable development. SEER is committed to developing actionable knowledge and
measurable positive impact. www.seer.net. Also see: www.Bradbury-Huang.net.
Lai Fong Chiu, Ph.D., has a background in public health and health promotion and health
service management. She is a Senior Research Fellow, at the Academic Unit of Public Health,
Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds. She is the originator and developer of
the Community Health Educator (CHE) Model for public health and health promotion in the
U.K. The CHE model is the product of a series of participatory action research projects in health
promotion research and practice which she has conducted since 1990. She has published
academic papers, book chapters and training materials on various topics related to participatory
action research and access to health services. She is a member of the panel of referees for NHS
research program (NHS R&D Health Technology Assessment Program, NHS Service Delivery
and Organization Program). She is currently an advisory member of the WHO Task Force on
Migrant friendly and Culturally Competent Healthcare Organizations and the leader of the
working group of Patient and Community Empowerment of the Task Force. Also see:
Victor J. Friedman, Ed.D., is Associate Professor in the Behavioral Sciences Department and
in the Sociology-Anthropology Department at the Max Stern Academic College of Emek
Yezreel, Israel. He is a founder and co-director of the Action Research Center for Social Justice
at the College, an initiative to build partnerships between academia and the community for the
purpose of mutual learning and development. His life's work has been to help individuals,
groups, organizations, and communities learn through "action science" - on-going
experimentation and critical reflection in everyday life. In recent years, his interests have
extended to social entrepreneurship as means for social inclusion and social transformation. He is
currently working on the development of an "incubator for integrative social entrepreneurship"
that combines ideas of social entrepreneurship, networking, and conflict engagement. He has
recently co-authored a book, Demystifying Organizational Learning, and has published in the
Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Teachers College Record, the American Journal of
Evaluation and in California Management Review.
Davydd J. Greenwood, Ph.D., At Cornell University for 37 years, Greenwood has conducted
action research in the Spanish Basque Country, Spain’s La Mancha region, in Upstate New York,
and in research universities, Greenwood has published Industrial Democracy as Process:
Participatory Action Research in the Fagor Cooperative Group of Mondragón (with cooperative
members); Teaching Participatory Action Research in the University in Studies in Continuing
Education (with the students from the class), and Introduction to Action Research: Social
Research for Social Change, first and second editions (with Morten Levin), Action Research:
The Scandinavian Action Research Development Program, and articles and chapters in the
Action Research, the International Journal of Action Research, the Handbook of Qualitative
Inquiry, and the Handbook of Action Research. Davydd is working with the CIREM Foundation
in Spain on a small business development program based on action research strategies including
the construction of small business networks that create co-generative learning arenas. This
involves two small business networks in Spain’s La Mancha region, one in Catalonia, and one in
Madrid. Davydd is in the fifth year of an international project on the future of public higher
education institutions with a particular emphasis on strategies for defending the “public goods”
universities once created through action research strategies that engage cross-disciplinary
stakeholder teams with external university constituencies in creating co-generative
learning/action arenas that could reinvigorate public and political support for higher education.
Morten Levin is a partner in both of these projects and Davydd and Morten are now initiating a
period of examination of the concepts and practices of academic freedom from an action research
Meghna Guhathakurta, Ph.D. is currently Executive Director of Research Initiatives,
Bangladesh (RIB), a research support organization, which funds research for poverty alleviation
and development. She was Professor of International Relations at the University of Dhaka for the
last 22 years. As Executive Director at RIB, she helps to supervise and coordinate action
research among the very marginalized communities in Bangladesh. Among them are the Dalits (
the untouchables), the Bagdis (fisherfolks), lesser known Adivasis ( indigenous people) such as
the Mundas, Bunos and the Bedays ( the river gypsies and snake charmers). Drawing on her
background in human rights and feminist thought and practice, she is engaged in coordinating
action research on Gender, Lives and Livelihood: Women in Marginalized Communities in the
Eco-regions of the Sundarbans ( Mangrove forests). Meghna also works intimately with Adivasi
or indigenous advocacy groups for capacity building in the Chittagong Hill Tracts and the
Northern Plainlands of Bangladesh. Also see www.rib-bangladesh.org
Marianne Kristiansen, has been employed as an associate professor at AalborgUniversity,
Denmark, for 26 years, where she has been a co-founder of the communication studies program,
a founder and director of the Centre of Interpersonal Organizational Communication, and active
in organizing the Danish action research network. She has conducted action research in high
school and adult education and in private and public organizations. Besides being an action
researcher, she has worked as a consultant in different private and public organizations helping
and training employees at various organizational levels. Her work as an action researcher and as
a consultant has confronted her with questions dealing with possibilities and limits of making
organizational changes in power-based organizations and with power relations between
participants and action researchers. Her current action research focuses on modern dilemmas in
private and public team-based organizations. This project is funded by the Danish Council for
Technology and Innovation. In English, she has published articles in Cybernetics & Human
Knowing, Southern Communication Journal, Action Research, International Journal of Action
Research; a chapter for the Handbook of Action Research, and a book titled “Dialogue and
midwifery in organizations” (Rainer Hampp Verlag). In these publications, the following
concepts are enfolded: emergent, mutual involvement, caring container, social concrete blocks,
self-referentiality, midwifery, and dialogic competencies.
Also see: www.dialog-mj.dk and www.kommunikation.aau.dk.
Mary Brydon-Miller, Ph.D., directs the University of Cincinnati’s Action Research Center and
is an Associate Professor of Educational Studies and Urban Educational Leadership, in the
College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services. Originally trained in the field of
environmental psychology, she is a participatory action researcher who engages in both
community-based and educational action research. Her current scholarship focuses on ethics and
action research. She is also involved in developing training for medical health professionals and
community partners in community based participatory research projects and on using action
research as a strategy for increasing access to higher education. Other publications include work
on participatory action research methods, critical race and feminist theory and action research,
refugee resettlement, elder advocacy, disability rights, and academic writing in the social
sciences. She is also interested in arts-based action research and alternative strategies for
disseminating the results of action research projects. Also see: www.uc.edu/arc.
Ernie Stringer, After an early career as primary teacher and school principal, Ernie was lecturer
in education at Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia. From the mid-eighties he
was based at Curtin’s Centre for Aboriginal Studies where he worked collaboratively with
Aboriginal staff and community people to develop a wide variety of innovative and highly
successful education and community development programs and services. His work with
government departments, community-based agencies, business corporations and local
government agencies assisted them to work more effectively with Aboriginal people. In recent
years, as visiting professor at universities in New Mexico and Texas, he taught action research
and worked with African American and Hispanic community and neighborhood groups. As a
UNICEF consultant he recently engaged in a major project to increase parent participation in the
schools in East Timor. He is author of the texts “Action Research (Sage 2007),” “Action
Research in Education (Pearson 2008),” “Action Research in Health” (with Bill Genat, Pearson
2004), and “Action Research in Human Services” (with Rosalie Dwyer, Pearson 2005). He is a
member of the editorial board of the Action Research Journal and is Past President of the Action
Learning, Action Research Association (formerly ALARPM). His current work focuses on
applications of action research in educational settings.
Patricia Gayá Wicks, Ph.D., is a Lecturer in Leadership Studies at the University of Exeter.
Her research draws primarily on action research practices and on participatory worldviews to
explore how individuals and communities can take effective action in the face of overwhelming
circumstances, most particularly as in the case of our current ecological crisis. Her recent work
develops Spinoza’s notion of ‘repose’ as a way of engaging with complex, difficult issues in a
manner which continues to foster joy and energy in meeting the challenges of these situations.
Patricia was awarded her PhD at the Centre for Action Research and Professional Practice at the
University of Bath. As a member of faculty at the Centre for Leadership Studies, Patricia
teaches on the undergraduate Management with Leadership programme, the MA/MRes in
Leadership Studies programmes, the MSc in Sustainable Development, and on Continuing
Professional Development courses. Patricia is currently co-authoring a book with Dr. Donna
Ladkin, of Cranfield School of Management, provisionally entitled “Managing with Grace:
Philosophies of Action for Organizational and Ecological Sustainability”. The book poses the
question: ‘How might action be different if it were grounded in an appreciation of the limits as
well as the potentialities of human agency?’ Could effective action be purposeful but not
driven? Might action informed by humility result in more generative outcomes for managers, the
organizations within which they work, as well as the larger supporting ecology of the Earth?
The book draws on the work of key Western, primarily Continental, philosophers, including
Benedict de Spinoza, Martin Heidegger, Gregory Bateson, and Freya Mathews, to explore
alternative possibilities for action based in grace. Patricia is also involved in researching the One
Planet Leaders programme, delivered by WWF (International) in association with the Centre for
Leadership Studies. This new research initiative, undertaken as part of the emerging Centre for
Research into Environmentally Sustainable Organizations (CRESO) at Exeter University, aims
to track programme participants’ experiences as they seek to apply their learning in practice, and
as they undertake action learning sets and related processes in order to collaboratively reflect on
their practice and implement necessary organizational changes. For more information on this
programme, see: http://www.centres.ex.ac.uk/cls/events/event_detail.php?id=173. Patricia is
from Argentina, and has also lived in Saudi Arabia and the Sultanate of Oman. She is now
settled in England, where she lives with her husband. Also see: