1st - 2nd October 2020
Donostia-San Sebastián (SPAIN)

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General information

The societal challenges we are facing require fundamental, long-term transformations and if we want action research to constructively contribute to these transitions, we need to think about how to transform action research.

With this in mind, Orkestra will be organizing the 2020 symposium of the International Journal of Action Research, which will take place on the 1st and 2nd of October, 2020 (with a special session for PhD students on the 30th of September).

We want to organize this symposium as a meeting point for researchers, consultants and activists around the world interested in sharing our expectations, experiences and challenges when doing action research.

The symposium will develop around three main themes:

  • "Action Research, bridging generations, fields and roles”. For this discussion we want to gather action researchers from different generations, knowledge fields and with experience in university research, consultancy and activism.
  • "Action Research, policy and politics". This is a discussion that we hope to enrich by having contributions from people with experiences in the fields of policy analysis, transition research and territorial development.
  • Action Research, concepts and practices”. With this discussion we want to welcome not only experiences, but theory and a discussion on how to construct theory from action research experiences.

We will share a detailed program once we know more about the participants, but there will be:

  • Plenary group discussions on the themes.
  • A session to discuss the stakeholders’ perspective, led by policy makers participating in action research processes.
  • Paper presentations on any of the previous themes.

We are thinking of a group between 40 and 50 people, and if you are interested in participating, we would be grateful if you could, please, get in touch in the email below as soon as possible. We want to have a list of participants early in order to design a symposium adapted to the group.

Email address for information or joining the symposium: miren.larrea@orkestra.deusto.es

Are you thinking of participating in IJAR 2020? 

There are various ways you can participate:

If you are a PhD student or supervisor, we are preparing a special session for you on the 30th of September that will precede the symposium on 1st and 2nd October. This session will be based on papers related to action research PhDs and authored by PhD students or PhD students together with supervisors. You need to submit an abstract to miren.larrea@orkestra.deusto.es in order to participate. You can see submission deadlines below.

The special session will be facilitated by Danilo Streck (Editor in chief of International Journal of Action Research, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, Brazil) and Olav Eikeland (Professor at OsloMet-Oslo Metropolitan University) and there will be time for you to present your paper and get feedback from them and from peers.

Besides, Hans Christian Garman Johnsen (Professor at University of Agder and Adjuntprofessor at Deusto University) -as guest editor- will present a proposal for a special issue in International Journal of Action Research with selected papers from the session.

For those interested in the symposium on 1st and 2nd of October, there are two ways to participate:

a) You can register to participate without a paper and focus on the facilitated discussions. We encourage early registration, so that we can know who is participating and accordingly design inclusive discussions and facilitation. Vacancies will be assigned according to order of registration. You can register in the link below.

b) You can submit a paper. We want to prioritize time for discussion over paper presentations. However, there will be two sessions in the symposium based on papers. If you are interested in presenting a paper on any of the main themes of the symposium, please send an abstract to miren.larrea@orkestra.deusto.es (see deadline below). The acceptance of the paper guarantees your place in the symposium independently from order of registration.


To learn more about them, don’t hesitate to write to this email address: MORE INFORMATION

Fee for participants

The fee for participants will be 130 euros, which will cover for lunches during the symposium days and a symposium dinner. The procedure for the formal registration will be open on the 3rd of February through Eventbrite platform.


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Important dates 2020

  • 3rd of February Formal registration will be open (if you are interested in participating, please get in touch beforehand)
  • 3rd of February Call for papers will be open (presenting a paper is not necessary to participate in the symposium)
  • 20th of May Call for papers will close
  • 16th of June Communication of acceptance of papers
  • 30th of June Formal registration will close