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You will find here a list of publications mainly about action research, with most of the full texts of the articles accessible on line.  These texts are made available for private academic use only, on the understanding that you respect the rules of copyright of the original publications.  The question of copyright on internet is still very fuzzy; the self-archiving of documents seems licit; but be careful to always refer to the printed version since many differences may exist between the internet and the printed versions.  PR



Marshall, J., Coleman, G., & Reason, P. (2011). Leadership for Sustainability. Sheffield: Greenleaf.
Link to Greenleaf information page

Reason, P.  et al (2009) Insider Voices: Human dimensions of low carbon technology.  Lowcarbonworks, University of Bath

Reason, P., & Bradbury, H. (Eds.). (2008). Sage Handbook of Action Research: Participative inquiry and practice (2nd ed.). London : Sage Publications.

Reason, P., & Bradbury, H. (Eds.). (2006). Handbook of Action Research: Concise paperback edition. London : Sage Publications.

Reason, P., & Bradbury, H. (Eds.). (2001). Handbook of Action Research: Participative inquiry and practice. London : Sage Publications

Reason, P. (Ed.). (1994). Participation in Human Inquiry. London : Sage Publications.

Reason, P. (Ed.). (1988). Human Inquiry in Action: Developments in new paradigm research. London : Sage Publications.

Reason, P., & Rowan, J. (Eds.). (1981). Human Inquiry: A Sourcebook of New Paradigm Research. Chichester : Wiley.

Special Issues of Journals

Reason, P & Gaya Wicks, P. (2009) Special Issue: Opening Communicative Space. Action Research 7(3)

Reason, P. (2002). Special Issue: The Practice of Co-operative Inquiry. Systemic Practice and Action Research, 15(3), 169-270.

Torbert, W. R., & Reason, P. (2001). Toward a Participatory Worldview Part 1. ReVision, 24(1), 1-48.

Reason, P., & Torbert, W. R. (2001). Towards a Participatory Worldview Part 2. ReVision, 24(2), 1-48.

Reason, P., & Lincoln, Y. S. (1996). Special Issue: Quality in Human Inquiry. Qualitative Inquiry, 2(1), 5-136.


Papers & Book Chapters

Cooperative Inquiry: An action research Practice (with Sarah Riley). In Jonathan Smith (ed) Qualitative Psychology: A practical guide to research methods. London: Sage Publications, 3rd ed 2015, 168-198

Action Research and Ecological Practice (with Susan Canney) In Hilary Bradbury (Ed), Sage Handbook of Action Research. London: Sage Publications (2015).

Learning History in an Open System: Creating Histories for Sustainable Futures. Gearty, Margaret, Hilary Bradbury-Huang and Peter Reason. Management Learning 46, no. 1 (2015): 44-66. (pdf available on application)

John Rowan. Contribution to Festschrift for John Rowan our collaborations editing Human Inquiry. Self and Society 42, no. 3-4 (2014): 25-27.

Using the AQAL framework to accelerate responses to climate change. (with David Ballard and Gill Coleman) Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, 5(1), 1-?, (2010)

Living and Loving as part of the whole. Presented at the Bristol Chan Fellowship Conference Living and Loving, November 1 2009

Insider Voices: Human dimensions of low carbon technology (2009)  Reason, P., Coleman, G., Ballard, D., Williams, M., Gearty, M., Bond, C., et al. Bath: Centre for Action Research in Professional Practice, University of Bath.

Presentation to Citizens Jury Raita Teerpu, India 2009 See

Initiating action research: Challenges and paradoxes of opening communicative space. (2009) Gayá Wicks, P., & Reason, P. Action Research, 7(3), 243-263.

Expressions of Energy: An epistemology of presentational knowing  Seeley, C., & Reason, P. (2008). In P. Liamputtong & J. Rumbold (Eds.), Knowing Differently: Arts-based and collaborative research methods. New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Introduction (With Hilary Bradbury). In Sage Handbook of Action Research: Participative Inquiry and Practice, edited by Peter Reason and Hilary Bradbury. London: Sage Publications, 2008.

Living Inquiry: Personal, Political and Philosophical Groundings for Action Research Practice. Patricia Gayá Wicks, Peter Reason, and Hilary BradburyIn Sage Handbook of Action Research: Participative Inquiry and Practice, edited by Peter Reason and Hilary Bradbury. London: Sage Publications, 2008.

Extending Epistemology with Co-Operative Inquiry. John Heron and Peter Reason In Sage Handbook of Action Research: Participative Inquiry and Practice, edited by Peter Reason and Hilary Bradbury, 366-80. London: Sage Publications, 2008.

Wilderness Experience in Education for Ecology. In The Handbook of Experiential Learning and Management Education, edited by Michael Reynolds and Russ Vince, 187-201. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Keynote address, Edinburgh University conference on the purpose of outdoor education, 2007

Thinking About Sustainability. Prepared for Perspective, School of Management house journal July 2007

Transforming Education: Talk prepared for “Earth is Community: A celebration of the vision and path of Thomas Berry” London, September 2007

Quality in research as ‘taking an attitude of inquiry’.  Judi Marshall and Peter Reason.  (2007) Management Research News Special Issue on Action Research

Choice and Quality in Action Research Practice. (2006). Journal of Management Inquiry, 15(2), 187-203. (developed from Keynote Address, World Congress of Participatory Action Research, Pretoria, South Africa, September 2003)

Living as Part of the Whole: the implications of participation (2005). Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, 2(2), 35-41.

Action Research and Organization Development.  McArdle, K. L., & Reason, P. (forthcoming 2006). In T. Cummings (Ed.), Handbook of Organization Development. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Education for Ecology: Science, aesthetics, spirit and ceremony. (2007). Management Learning, 38(1), 27-44.

Action Research: Forming communicative space for many ways of knowing.  Response to Md. Anisur Rahman International Workshop on Participatory Action Research Dhaka, March 2004-03-27  (pdf version)

Action Research and the Single Case: a response to Bjørn Gustavsen (2004) Concepts and Transformation, 8(3), 281-294

Pragmatist Philosophy and Action Research: Readings and conversation with Richard Rorty. Action Research, 1(1), 103-123. (2003)

Brief Notes on the Theory and Practice of Action Research (with Kate McArdle) In Understanding Research Methods for Social Policy and Practice. Saul Becker and Alan Bryman (eds) Bristol: The Polity Press. (2004)

Justice, Sustainability, and Participation: Inaugural Professorial Lecture. Published in Concepts and Transformations 7(1), 7-29, 2002. Republished (2014) in International Journal of Action Research, 10(3),284-309

Earth Community: Interview with Thomas Berry. Resurgence, 204, 10-14.

Participation, in writing, carving and teaching. ReVision, 23(4) (2001).

A Co-operative Inquiry into Deep Ecology (with Esther Maughan). ReVision, 23(4), 18-24, (2001).

Co-operative Inquiry: In Jonathan Smith (Ed.), Qualitative Psychology: A Practical Guide to Methods. London: Sage Publications (First edition 2003).

Inquiry and Participation in Search of a World Worthy of Human Aspiration (with Hilary Bradbury) Introduction to P. Reason & H. Bradbury (Eds.), Handbook of Action Research: Participative Inquiry and Practice (pp. 1-14). London: Sage 2001

The Practice of Co-operative Inquiry: Research with rather than on people (with John Heron) Chapter 16 of P. Reason & H. Bradbury (Eds.), Handbook of Action Research: Participative Inquiry and Practice (pp. 179-188). London: Sage 2001

The Action Turn: Toward a Transformational Social Science (with Bill Torbert) Concepts and Transformations, 6(1), 1-37 (2001). Reprinted in Emma Bell and Hugh Willmott Qualitative Research in Business and Management Volume 2, Sage Publications (2015)

Toward a Science of Qualities in Organizations: Lessons from complexity theory and postmodern biology. (with Brian Goodwin) Concepts and Transformations, 4(3), 281-317, (1999)

Co-operative Inquiry (with John Heron) In R. Harre, J. Smith, & L. Van Langenhove (Eds.), Rethinking Methods in Psychology (pp. 122-142). London: Sage. (1995).

Political, Epistemological, Ecological and Spiritual Dimensions of Participation. Studies in Cultures, Organizations and Societies, 4, 147-167. (1998)

A Short Guide to Co-operative Inquiry (with John Heron) (unpublished)

Integrating Action and Reflection through Co-operative Inquiry. Management Learning Special Issue: The Action Dimension in Management: Diverse Approaches to Research, Teaching and Development, 30(2), 207-227. (1999)

Learning and Change through action research. In J. Henry (Ed.), Creative Management. London: Sage Publications (2001)

Action Research as Spiritual Practice. Presentation to the University of Surrey Learning Community Conference May 2000

Competing Worldviews (unpublished)

A Participatory World. Resurgence, 168, 42-44.

Co-operative Inquiry as a Discipline of Professional Practice. Journal of Interprofessional Care., 12(4), 419-436. (1998)

Listen, Little Man: Reflections one dark morning. Original Blessing: a creation spirituality network newsletter, 2(6), 6-8. (2000)

General Medical and Complementary Practitioners Working Together: the epistemological demands of collaboration. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 35(1), 71-86. (1999)

Toward a Science of Qualities in Organizations: lessons from complexity theory and postmodern biology (with Brian Goodwin) Concepts and Transformations, 4(3), 281-317 (1999)

A Participatory Inquiry Paradigm. (with John Heron) Qualitative Inquiry, 3(3), 274-294 (1997)

Reflections on Sacred Experience and Sacred Science. Journal of Management Inquiry, 2(3), 273-283 (1993).

Adult Learning in Collaborative Action Research: reflections on the supervision process (with Judi Marshall). Studies in Continuing Education: Research and Scholarship in Adult Education, 15(2), 117-132 (1993).

Three approaches to participative inquiry. In N. K. Denzin & Y. S. Lincoln (Eds.), Handbook of Qualitative Research (pp. 324-339). Thousand Oaks: Sage. (1994).

 Power and Conflict in multidisciplinary collaboration. Complementary Medical Research, 3(3), 144-150 (1991)

Toward a clinical framework for collaboration between general and complementary practitioners. (with colleagues) Journal of The Royal Society of Medicine, 86, 161-164.(1992).

Research as Personal Process (with Judi Marshall). In Appreciating Adults Learning: From the learners' perspective. David Boud and Virginia Griffin (eds). Kogan Page (1987)

New Paradigm Research Manifesto. New Paradigm Research Group (1979)

Explorations in the Dialectics of Interpersonal Relationships. PhD dissertation, Case Western Reserve University, 1976.


Peter Reason web pages last updated March 26, 2020