ALARA Inc 9th Action Learning, Action Research and 13th Participatory Action Research World Congress

Organization: North West University

Venue: St. George Hotel and Conference Centre

Location: Centurion, South Africa

Event Date/Time: Nov 04, 2015 End Date/Time: Nov 07, 2015
Abstract Submission Date: May 12, 2015
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The theme of this World Congress is a challenge to Action Learning / Action Research practitioners the world over, whether working in resource rich or more socio-economically challenged contexts, to explain how they are contributing to the creation of a fairer world. The ALARA World Congress 2015 will create a space for dialogue as we ponder questions such as:

  • How do we know we are asking the right questions to promote sustainable learning?
  • How do we capacitate people to address the intricate interplay of social, economic, political and cultural factors that combine to preserve injustice?
  • How do we ensure authentic collaboration between stakeholders across all levels?
  • How do we use AL/AR to forge innovative, sustainable responses to contemporary complex challenges?
  • How do we know we are successful in mediating sustainable change?

Strands will be in Education, Organisational Development, Community, Innovations and the Environment - Sustainability.


58 Goede Hoop Avenue (M57)
South Africa


North West University
South Africa
National Research Foundation
South Africa

Conference Speakers


  • MC is Eileen Piggot-Irvine, Professor of Leadership at Royal Roads University, Victoria, Canada
  • Richard Teare, President of the Global University for Lifelong Learning (GULL)
  • Danny Burns, who leads the Participation Research Cluster at the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University, UK
  • Ortrun Zuber-Skerrit Adjunct Professor at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia, and a panel of Action Research experts in our Opening Plenary
  • Other presenters include
  1. Dr GH ven der Voort and Prof LA Wood (South Africa)
  2. Dr PM Ferguson (Ireland)
  3. Prof E. Piggot-Irvine (Canada) and Prof S Sankaran (Australia)
  4. Dr Y Toyoda et al. (Japan)