News and Announcements

South African Education Research Association Conference 2016, 23-26 October 2016, Cape Town, South Africa.

Posted by Lynn, Thursday, 17th March 2016 @ 4:18pm

  • The SAERA executive would like to invite you to its 4th annual conference to be hosted by the Faculty of Education, Stellenbosch University.  We have an Action Research SIG at this conference that we are keen to develop.

    See the attached for details of the First Announcement and Call for papers.

    Lesley Wood. 

    SAERA 2016 First Announcement and Call for Papers 7 March2016.pdf

AVETRA Conference - Putting VET research to work: collaboration, innovation, prosperity

  • Wednesday, 20th April 2016 (all day), Thursday, 21st April 2016 (all day), Friday, 22nd April 2016 (all day)
    Location: TAFE Northern Sydney, Gore Hill Campus, St Leonards, NSW

    AVETRA is Australia’s only national, independent association of researchers in vocational…

Seed funding is now available for events in Africa

Posted by Lynn, Tuesday, 1st March 2016 @ 4:57pm

  • Following the 2015 ALARA World Congress in Pretoria, South Africa, and in agreement with ALARA's co-hosts for that event, ALARA has made available seed funding for Action Learning / Action Research events in Africa. ALARA plans to use these funds as a perpetual source of funding for events in Africa. This initiative is in keeping with ALARA's strategy to encourage and support the development of local and regional ALARA events and conferences in Australia and in other countries.

    To gain access to these funds, an organisation must:

    • Propose an event that it will conduct on the African continent that is open to all people within that continent (and other continents) with an interest in action learning or action research, and which will directly benefit African citizens;

    • Include an existing ALARA member who must remain a member during the life of the proposal, must be in a senior decision-making role within the group and must be a member of the Organising Committee for the event;

    • Submit a proposal to the ALARA Management Committee in the prescribed proposal format to seek the seed funding; and

    • Meet the conditions within the proposal, including ensuring adequate insurances for the event.

    More information about this seed funding is available on the ALARA website.

Brisbane ALARA conversation. Including the poorest Why lifelong action learning works in places where there is no educational provision. A conversation with Richard Teare (on Skype)

  • Thursday, 10th March 2016 at 5:30pm - 8pm
    Location: Moreno Collegium, Coorparoo, Brisbane, Qld, Australia

    Our first conversation for the year.
    Richard Teare, Ortrun Zuber-Skerritt and Judith…

Learning for Change and Innovation World Congress - 7-9 November, Adelaide, South Australia - Full details coming

Posted by Bradley, Friday, 22nd January 2016 @ 10:07pm

  • Save this Date!

    The Global Centre for Work Applied Learning and ALARA will be co-hosting the Learning for Change and Innovation World Congress on 7-9 November 2016 in Adelaide, South Australia.

    Full details will be provided in early February. Make sure you include these dates in your conference schedule for 2016.

PhD Scholarships at the Centre for Systems Studies, Hull University.

Posted by Lynn, Thursday, 7th January 2016 @ 12:23pm

  • 6 PhD Scholarships in the Centre for Systems Studies, Hull University Business School!

    The Centre for Systems Studies, based in the Business School at the University of Hull (UK), has a strong international reputation for its cutting edge work on the theory, methodology and practice of systems thinking. We have six scholarships for our Systems Science PhD program to offer to successful candidates wanting to start a PhD in September 2016, and the deadline for applications is 29 February 2016. Please distribute this information as widely as possible to your social media groups and contacts.
    These scholarships are structured into three research areas, each of which has a pair of scholarships associated with it:
    Resilient Communities for Sustainable Development: exploring the potential for harnessing ecosystem services and local sustainable development to promote the physical, social, mental and economic well-being of communities in different socio-economic settings. One PhD student will work on local “green economy” models and their impact on the socio-economic well-being of the community, and the other will work on the exploitation of ecosystem services for health and well-being.
    Resilience in Cyberspace: examining the opportunities and challenges for public and private sector service providers operating in the digital economy. The focus will be on internet-based business models and their sustainability. One PhD student will focus on the way social media and pervasive technologies furnish data and networks that can be harnessed by businesses; and the other student will focus on how the digitisation and connectivity afforded by these technologies can expose service providers and consumers to ethical and security challenges.

    Marginalisation and Conflict: extending the capabilities of systemic action research methodologies and complexity science to address the dynamics of conflict and marginalisation and their consequences in complex social systems. The first PhD student will focus on health/welfare settings, and the second will focus on social inclusion/exclusion, collective identities and radicalisation. Both students will work with the wider team of academics to develop a framework for understanding and explaining the systemic phenomena associated with the dynamics of marginalisation, in order to inform the design of policies and interventions to minimise the social costs of this. 

    For applicants in the European Union (EU), the scholarship pays for your fees and an annual stipend of £14,057 (tax free) for three years. For applicants outside the EU, it covers three years of fees only, so you must have the means to pay for your living expenses during your studies. Hull is one of the cheapest places in the UK to live, so your stipend (if you receive one) will spread further than those offered by many other universities.
    For further details of these scholarships, please click on the link below. This will take you to a page where, if you scroll down, you will find a list of all the scholarship topics being offered across the University. In this list, click on Resilience and Sustainability of Socio-Ecological Systems, which is the overall title for our Centre for Systems Studies cluster of scholarships. This will open a drop down menu where you can click on each Systems scholarship topic in turn to view the details. 

    All the Systems PhD topics have Professor Yasmin Merali nominally allocated as supervisor, as she is Director of the Centre for Systems Studies. In reality, however, she will allocate successful candidates to a pair of appropriate supervisors with in-depth knowledge of the relevant research area.
    To apply, please go back to the first page you visited. Above the list of all the scholarship titles is a button saying Apply Now. Click on this and follow the instructions. Remember, the deadline is 29 February 2016. We look forward to reading your application!
    Best wishes,
    PS. We also welcome applications on other topics from potential students who have their own sources of funding.

Free ALARA sponsored on-line course in action research

Posted by Lynn, Monday, 28th December 2015 @ 11:19am

  • ALARA is the sponsor for Areol (action research and evaluation on line), a 14-session free email-based course on action research.  The next program begins in mid-February 2016, with orientation material emailed in early February.  If you wish to subscribe, email Bob Dick off-list and ask for directions:  You can inspect an earlier (and incomplete) version of the course on the web at

Brisbane ALARA Conversations Xmas drinks/ dinner, Brisbane, Qld, Australia

  • Thursday, 17th December 2015 at 6pm - 8:30pm
    Location: Ship Inn, Southbank, Brisbane, Qld Australia

    Dear All
    You are invited to join with ALARA friends to celebrate the season and another…

ALARA Conversation Participatory Design and Action Research Identical Twins or Synergetic Pair?

  • Thursday, 29th October 2015 at 5:30pm - 8pm
    Location: Moreno Collegium, Coorparoo, Brisbane, Qld, Australia

    See flyer for details

    ALAR.Flyer Foth Donovan Choi Oct 2015_v5mf.pdf

ALARA conversation with Dr Ron Passfield - Organisation Action Research: A cultural framework for intervention

  • Thursday, 3rd September 2015 at 5:30am - 8pm
    Location: Moreno Collegium, Coorparoo, Brisbane, Qld, Australia

    Increasingly we are asked to intervene in an organisation to help solve a pervasive…

The ALARA 2015 Annual General Meeting has concluded.

Posted by Lynn, Thursday, 6th August 2015 @ 10:23am

  • The Annual General Meeting concluded at 11.59pm on 21 September.   
    Robyn Lynn
    Administrative Secretary

ALARA Conversation with Lou De Castro Myles - Enterprising Skills in Human Capital Development. Local Action, Global Impact - Working with Bhutan

  • Thursday, 23rd July 2015 at 5:30pm - 8pm
    Location: Moreno Collegium, Coorparoo, Brisbane, Qld, Australia

    Enterprising Skills in Human Capital Development (Working with Bhutan)-2.pdf

Akolade's 4th Annual Learning and Development Forum - Aligning collaborative training with organisational strategy

  • Wednesday, 24th June 2015 (all day), Thursday, 25th June 2015 (all day), Friday, 26th June 2015 (all day)
    Location: Stamford Plaza, Melbourne, Vic, Australia

    The two day conference includes 16 insightful sessions covering multiple key areas of learning…

Invitation to contribute to a chapter on 'ALARA as a network organisation' by Ortrun Zuber-Skerritt & Ron Passfield

Posted by Lynn, Monday, 20th April 2015 @ 10:32am

  • As founding members of ALARA, Ron Passfield and I have been invited to contribute a chapter on “ALARA as a network organisation” by the editors (Lonnie Rowell and Joe Shosh) of the forthcoming Palgrave Handbook on Action Research, due at the end of June. We would like to invite you all (friends, members and former members) to collaborate with us by responding to three questions – in as brief or detailed form as you like:

    1. What have you appreciated most in ALARA world congresses and other events?

    2. Why do you think has ALARA survived for 25 years?

    3. How do you envisage the future of action research and ALARA?

    We would appreciate it if you could send us your answers as soon as possible, but not later than 15 May 2015 and indicate whether you would like to contribute under your name and affiliation or anonymously as a participant. We shall acknowledge your contribution and verbatim comments accordingly by name or number (Participant 1, 2, 3, …n).
    We will also feed the results of this collaboration into the next cycle of the ALARA strategic planning process.
    Let’s all join in celebrating 25 years of ALARA this year and keeping it alive as an organisation in this turbulent world! This world needs to hear your voice. Please, respond to my address below.
    Thanking you.
    With best wishes,
    Ortrun Zuber-Skerritt


    (or: contact me if you want to post your reply)

Call for papers - Special issue of Organisational Project Management (OPM)

Posted by Lynn, Thursday, 16th April 2015 @ 4:02pm

  • Project Management in the Non-Profit Sector Organisational Project Management aims to cover all aspects of organisational project management including (but not limited to) linking strategy to projects, change management, governance, leadership, innovation, project marketing, maturity models, and also how projects are managed in different types of organizations such as private, public and community organizations.

    Why is this topic important to the project management community?
    While the management of projects in the non-profit sector shares many similarities with the practice in other areas it also posesses peculiarities that present unique challenges. For example, stakeholder perspectives may be more diverse as projects frequently involve government and private agencies as well as communities, or identifying measureable criteria for success may be challenging as projects are often undertaken to achieve long-term social objectives.
    There is much to be gained by the project management community through an exploration of projects in contexts in which relations amongst stakeholders may be asymmetric in terms  of power relations, and in which the objectives of project based activities may not be amenable to  clear, agreed  and quantitative definition. This special issue seeks to identify some of the key lessons to be learned in these environments, and to explore the implications for project management in general.

    Areas covered will include but are not limited to international aid, disaster preparedness and recovery, development, poverty reduction, healthcare, education, environmental protection, human rights, community development, arts and culture. In each of these areas, non-profit organisations ranging from international non-governmental organisations, to nationally-focused advocacy and special interest groups, to community based organisations, are playing an increasingly important role in addressing societal needs, delivering services, and advocating or campaigning for change all around the world.

    This journal special issue will explore these diverse stakeholder perspectives and share examples of project management practices in the non-profit sector. Key objectives are to develop understandings of project management practice in the sector, to examine how cross-sectoral collaboration and learning can help non-profit organisations achieve their project and programme objectives, and to explore ways in which the wider project management community can learn from experiences in the non-profit sector.

    Potential authors are asked to submit proposals that focus on one (or more, if appropriate) of the following themes: -    Adapting existing methodologies or developing new methodologies for use in the non-profit sector; -    Stakeholder engagement;
    -    Governance and risk;
    -    Realising benefits and assessing project impacts;
    -    Defining and promoting sustainability in project and programme management; -    Leveraging corporate, governmental and inter-governmental expertise in the non-profit sector;
    -    The management of diversity;
    -    Knowledge transfer and retention in project environments;
    -    Leveraging local knowledge in projects.
    -    Reflecting and/or challenging the dominant project management paradigms in the non-profit sector

    Case study examples of project management in the non-profit sector are also invited.
    Timeline 1. The special issue is planned for publication in May 2016. 2. Abstract proposals for papers and case studies (500 words) should be submitted directly to by 26 June 2015. 3. Authors of accepted papers and case studies will be notified by 17 July 2015. 4. Full papers should be submitted online by 25 September 2015 on line through the journal website   (after registering as an author to the journal) and will be blind peer reviewed. 5. Case studies should also be submitted online by 25 September 2015 online through the journal website for review by the designated editors. 6. Reviewed papers will be returned by 27 November 2015. 7. Final papers expected on or by 22 January 2016.

    Dr. John Lannon works at the Centre for Project Management at the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick. His research covers project management in non-profit organisations; knowledge management practices in non-profit organisations and networks; and information, communication and technologies usage in development and human rights work. He has worked in both the business and non-profit sector in roles ranging from software systems design and development to project management.
    Dr. John Walsh is a Lecturer in Information Management at the Department of Management and Marketing, University of Limerick Ireland where he teaches both undergraduate and post-graduate courses on Knowledge Management. His research interests focus on the sociomaterial and organisational effects of knowledge intensive practices.

ALARA Conversation with Lou De Castro Myles - Enterprising Skills in Human Capital Development: Local Action, Global Impact - Working with Bhutanese

  • Thursday, 23rd July 2015 at 5:30pm - 8pm
    Location: Moreno Collegium, 45 Clarence St Coorparoo, Australia

    Enterprising Skills in Human Capital Development (Working with Bhutan).pdf

ALARA conversation with Kay Distel - Family Constellations: a process to solve elusive conflicts

  • Thursday, 16th April 2015 at 5:30pm - 8pm
    Location: Moreno Collegium, 45 Clarence St Coorparoo, Australia

    See flyer for details.

    KayDistel ALAR presentation 2015 .docx


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