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IJAR2022 Symposium

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International Journal of Action Research (IJAR) 2022 Symposium


Facebook İstasyon, Maslak, 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 now open!

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:

Facebook İstasyon, Maslak, İstanbul

OCTOBER 12, 2022                                                                                                                                                                                         

8.30 – 9.30 Registration                                                                                  

9.30 – 10.00 Opening Keynote Address by Miren Larrea, Editor-in-Chief of IJAR (Online)       

10.00 – 10.30 "Action Research Alla Turca" Oğuz Babüroğlu, Action Research Initiative, Sabancı University (In person)                                             

SESSION ONE (Search Conference – NO ONLINE STREAMING)                                                           

Forging and Sharing Best Practices for the European Green Deal: Putting Words into Action (Please scroll down for the full search conference program)

10.30 – 11.00  Introduction & Methodology                                                                            

11.00 – 12.00  Areas of Necessity for Green Deal and Best Practices

12:00 – 12.30  Reflections & Evaluations         


12.30 – 13.30  LUNCH           


13.30 – 14.00  Group Work & Explanation of Mechanisms                                                      

14:00 – 15:15  Group Work & Presentations


15.15 – 15.30  COFFEE BREAK       


15.30 – 16.00  Reflections & Evaluations           


SESSION TWO (Roundtable)                                                        

16.30 - 1800  IJAR Roundtable on Action Research for Social Inclusion in Quebec/Canada

Isabel Heck (Chair) (Online), Collective Impact Project.

Janie Houle (Online), Universite du Quebec a Montreal.

Grégoire Autin (Online), Parole d'ExcluSE.

Sonia Tello Rozas (Online), Université du Québec à Montréal.


OCTOBER 13, 2022                                                                                                                                                                                   

8.30 – 9.30 Registration and Networking      


SESSION ONE (Panel)          

9.30 – 11.30 Edges of Action Research                                                                                 

Anlı Ataöv (In person) et al., "The Eco of the Place [Yerin Ekes]: Binding Rational and Emotional through Music in Place."                                                                           

Duygu Özalp Başkent (In person), "“Action Research in Designing and İmplementing a Pre-İncubator”                                                                  

Joaquín Gregorio Oliva Peirano (In person), Orkestra, “How ARTD promotes policies’ democratization?”          


11.30 - 11.45 COFFEE BREAK              



11.45 - 13.00 Extending Action Research to Global Citizenship and to Activist Research

Ender Peker (In person) and Akgün İlhan (In person), “From intention to action: Realisation of rainwater harvesting (RWH) systems in buildings”.                                                                

Marria Hassan (Online), The Islamia University Bahawalpur, Pakistan, "Sustainable Governance, Green Innovation and Gender Diversity: A Case of Pakistan"

Zeynep Gülru Göker (Online), “Activist-research on Responses to Anti-Gender Mobilizations: Reflections on the Project #GenderStruggles in the Framework of Feminist PAR”


13.00 – 14.00 LUNCH       



14.00 – 16.00 Action Research in Territorial Development and in Urban Edges 

Mikel Gaztañaga Cinto (In person), "Policies to support meaningful work: the challenge of reaching companies in Action Research for Territorial Development".

Claudia Icaran Díaz de Corcuera (In person), “The role of facilitative researchers on putting the voice of youngsters at the center of urban public policy: the case of the involvement of Orkestra in the UPLIFT project in Barakaldo, Basque Country”.

Miren Estensoro Garcia (Online), “Being facilitators of facilitators: capabilities of action researchers working with urban policy makers".                                

Naia Begiristain (Online), Ibone Eguia (Online), Ane Izulain (Online), Mikel Gaztañaga (in person), Eva Sánchez (Online) and Claudia Icaran (In person), “Generating facilitation capabilities for territorial development among young professionals in organizations. The case of Orkestra- Basque Institute of Competitiveness”.                   

Eva Sanchez (Online) andNaia Begiristain (Online), "Dialogue dynamics for territorial development: interaction between formal and informal spaces of an agora"?


16.00-16.30 COFFEE BREAK           


SESSION FOUR (Roundtable)              

16.30 – 18.30 Knowledge Democracies                                                                                  

Olav Eikeland (Online), OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University/Storbyuniversitetet

Mooken Malida (In person), IJAR Editorial Group, University of British Columbia                  

Lonnie Rowell (Online), University of San Diego

Ruth Balogh (Online), University of Glasgow                                     

Carmen Martinez Vargas (Online), University of the Free State                        

Erik Lindhult (Online), Mälardalen University


OCTOBER 14, 2022                                                                                                                                                                                   

08.30 – 9.30 Breakfast and Networking                                                                       

SESSION ONE                                            

9.30 - 11.30  Universities, Education and Pedagogy Regenerated by AR (Panel)

Yesim Hanci-Kaya (In person), Gülay Bulut (In person), "Improving the representation of refugees in primary school textbooks of Turkey through action research".                    

Malida Mooken, (In person) "Universities, Education and Pedagogy Regenerated by AR"

Mine Aksar (In person), Evrim Yurtseven (In person) and Irmak Akıncı Canbaz (In person), Change Agent, Teachers Network, "Change Starts with Me: Teachers as Action Researchers Program".                                                                                                                                                                    Jaqueline Gisele dos Santos (Online) and Maria Julieta Abba (Online), "Autobiography and action research: report of a researcher and English teacher".                                                  

Mehmet Derindere, “Helping Research Clients Select Problems They Can Solve: A Case from a High-tech Company”.             


11.30 - 11.45 COFFEE BREAK     



11.45 - 13.00  Action Research on the Edge                                                              

Tauriq Jenkins (In person TBC) & Richard Ennals, (Online) “A Tale of Two Rivers: Action Research on the Edge”.

Tina Saud (Online), “Evaluating the Effectiveness of Kaizen Implementation on the Performance of Coffee sector in Nepal”.                                                   

June Bam-Hutchison (Online), Shamila Abrahams (Online), Eshcha Adams (Online), "Digitisation of indigenous African matrilineal knowledge: an action research archival project in decolonisation of knowledge in higher education".

Carolina Schenatto da Rosa (Online), June Bam Hutchison (Online), Danilo R. Streck (Online), "Systematization of Experience as Action Research: an intercultural dialogue on decolonizing knowledge production and dissemination".


13.00 – 14.00 LUNCH       



14.00 – 16.00 Beginning, Continuing and Ending Action Research in Turkey               

Zeynep Tansuğ (In person) "A Referant Organization's Transformation Case Study: Fostering Sustainable Agricultural Development Through Building a Systemic and Holistic Approach".                                           

Burcu Özüpak (In person), Participatory Planning Deciphered for Greater Istanbul Municipality

Ömer Çomaklı, Atilla Keskin and Oğuz Babüroğlu. "Large Scale Transformation of a Landgrant University over a 6-year Period:  AR Lessons Learnt                                                               

Pınar Akpınar (In person) and Oğuz Babüroğlu (In person), Experimenting with AR in International Relations: Getting EU and Turkey to Collaborate in North Africa                                                                                    

16.00 – 16.15 COFFEE BREAK                                                                                           

SESSION FOUR                                                       

16.15 – 18.00  Transformation Case Discussions from Student Experiences                                                                                                                                   

18.00-18.30 Keynote Presentation Danilo Streck (Online), “Action/Participatory research and the promotion of critical global citizenship”                                                           

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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