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IJAR2022 Symposium




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.

* Registrations are now closed for the IJAR2022 Symposium. This page is only for pending payments of already registered participants. 

The fee for participation in the IJAR 2022 symposium (virtual and physical) is 100 euros.

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.

Stephanie Radziszewski (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 (Moderator - In person), Middle East Technical University, "The Eco of the Place [Yerin Ekes]: Binding Rational and Emotional through Music in Place."                                                                           

Duygu Özalp Başkent (In person), Başkent University, “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

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

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

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


13.00 – 14.00 LUNCH       



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

Mooken Malida, University of British Columbia (Moderator)

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

Claudia Icaran Díaz de Corcuera (In person), Orkestra, “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), Orkestra, “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), Orkestra, “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), Orkestra, "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 (Moderator, Online), OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University/Storbyuniversitetet

Mooken Malida (In person), University of British Columbia, 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 (Online - Columbia University in the City of New York), Gülay Bulut (In person - Karabük University), "Improving the representation of refugees in primary school textbooks of Turkey through action research".                    

Malida Mooken, (In person - University of British Columbia) "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, Istanbul University, “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 (Online - University of Capetown) & Richard Ennals, (Moderator - Online, Kingston University / IJAR) “A Tale of Two Rivers: Action Research on the Edge”.

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

Shamila Abrahams (Online - Center for African Studies), Eshcha Adams (Online - University of Capetown), "Digitisation of indigenous African matrilineal knowledge: an action research archival project in decolonisation of knowledge in higher education".

Carolina Schenatto da Rosa (Online - UNINTER Centro Universitário Internacional), June Bam Hutchison (Online - Center for African Studies), Danilo R. Streck (Online - IJAR Co-editor, Universidade de Caxias do Sul-UCS), "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), İzmir Commodity Exchange, "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 (Atatürk University), Atilla Keskin (Atatürk University) and Oğuz Babüroğlu (Sabancı University). "Large Scale Transformation of a Landgrant University over a 6-year Period:  AR Lessons Learnt                                                               

Pınar Akpınar (Moderator - Sabancı University) and Oğuz Babüroğlu (In person - Sabancı University), 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 - IJAR Co-editor, Universidade de Caxias do Sul-UCS), “Action/Participatory research and the promotion of critical global citizenship”                                                           

Paper submissions are now closed for the IJAR2022 Symposium.

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