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IJAR2022 Symposium

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International Journal of Action Research (IJAR) 2022 Symposium


Istanbul, October 12-14, 2022

ARAMA Chair in Action Research, Sabancı University will proudly host the 6th International Journal of Action Research (IJAR) Symposium (IJAR 2022) on October 12-14, 2022 in Istanbul.

Registration is open now!

Symposium Concept Note

‘Action Research on the Edge’ will be the sixth International Journal of Action Research (IJAR) Symposium in the series of the symposia organized in collaboration with IJAR. The symposium is planned to be held in a hybrid format in Istanbul by ARAMA Chair in Action Research at Sabancı University. These symposia are organized in a somewhat eclectic fashion in the sense that the organizing institution adopts a flexible approach in shaping the agenda as well as utilizing the presenting possibilities for collaboration.

The main theme of the 2022 symposium is ‘Action Research on the Edge’ which reflects the dynamics of the emerging socio-ecological context that the world has been emersed in within the last few decades. These dynamics tend to indicate a state of turbulence that seems to be characterized by extreme conditions and unexpected triggering of events within this new causal texture of the organizational environment. The rising climate crisis, massive shifts in refugee flows, the accelerating health risks arising from the pandemic, increasing polarization, populism, and aggression among leading countries in the world, tendency towards economic and technological disruptions, extraordinary demands and pressures on the new generation are all indicators of being on the edge. Institutional capacities for adaptation and transformation are being severely limited when confronted with these contextual shifts.

The premises, practices, and theoretical foundations of action research in this context needs to be assessed and revisited so that new contributions to the current state of knowledge can be explored. The promise of action research needs to be articulated for researchers as well as for practitioners.

As the most Eastern state of Europe and the most Western state of Asia, Turkey is perfectly positioned on the edge and amid these currents of change and transformation which presents fascinating experimental opportunities for action research interventions and practices.


Past IJAR Symposia

  1. June 20-22, 2011, Porto Alegre, BRASIL

Social Research and Citizenship

  1. June 5-7, 2013, Copenhagen, DANMARK

Participation and Power in Action Research

  1. June 23-25, 2015, Bogota, COLOMBIA

Homage to Orlando Fals Borda

  1. June 8, 2018, Agder, NORWAY

Coping with the Future

  1. June-September 2020, San Sabastian, SPAIN (virtual)

Sessions designed around policy making processes.

The fee for particpation in the IJAR 2022 symposium (virtual and physical) is 100 euros. Participation for students is free. All participants need to register.

Please kindly click the link below for fee payment:


International Journal of Action Research (IJAR) 2022 Symposium



TENTATIVE SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM (To be finalized upon the receipt of abstracts and the design of formats for delivery)

October 12, 2022

10.00 – 16.00              Participatory City Planning Practices: A Search Conference on Sustainable Cities

16.00 – 16.30              COFFEE BREAK

16.30 – 18.00              Different Practices of Action Research in Regional and Territorial Development

19.30 – 21.30              DINNER

October 13, 2022

09.00 – 10.00               BREAKFAST & REGISTRATION

10.00 – 11.30               Global Perspectives on AR and AR Alla Turca 

11.30 - 12.30                Knowledge Democracies

12.30 – 14.00               LUNCH & KEYNOTE

14.00 – 16.30               Universities, Education and Pedagogy Regenerated by AR 

16.30 – 16.45               COFFEE BREAK

16.45 – 18.00               Perspectives on Gender and AR 

             20.00               DINNER CRUISE ON THE BOSPORUS

October 14, 2022

09.00 – 10.00               BREAKFAST & NETWORKING

10.00 – 12.30               Corporate Transformation and AR Case Presentations

12.30 – 14.00               LUNCH & KEYNOTE

14.00 – 16.30               Managing Multiple Corporate Transformations

16.30 – 16.45               COFFEE BREAK

16.45 – 17.30               PHD Students Session

17.30 – 19.00               Business Meeting and Future Planning

IJAR 2022 Symposium Registration

Will you be submitting a paper for the symposium?

Paper submissions for the IJAR Symposium

Please submit your original action research related contribution to one of the themes listed below. Selected papers will be nominated for a special edition in IJAR. 

DEADLINE for paper abstracts is JULY 29th and DEADLINE for full papers is AUGUST 26th.

Please send your paper abstract to . Abstracts should not exceed 300 words and should briefly explain what contribution to the current state of knowledge it makes to current debates, discussions, fields, varieties, theories and practices of action research.

Symposium themes (tentative):

- Participatory City Planning Practices and Developing Sustainable Cities

- Global Perspectives on AR and AR Alla Turca

- Universities, Education and Pedagogy Regenerated by AR

- Perspectives on Gender and AR

- Corporate Transformation and AR Case Presentations

- Managing Multiple Corporate Transformations

- Regional and Territorial Development 

- Developing Knowledge Democracies

- Global Citizenship and Other Global Issues Including Poverty, Migration, Social Inequities 

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