Handbooks of Research Methods and Applications series
Edited by Matthias Ruth
Chapter 8: Action research for coherently integrated sustainability policy design and implementation
Action research – also known as participatory action research, community-based study, co-operative enquiry, action science and action learning – is a system of research methods that involves researchers engaging or/and collaborating with members of an organization, community or network (that is, a certain stakeholder group) with an aim to improve certain pre-determined conditions relevant to this particular stakeholder group (Greenwood and Levin, 2007). In carrying out the research, action researchers work with, and often within, the target stakeholder groups and hence enjoy the benefit of understanding the nature of the problems from various perspectives.
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