Activist research is conducted by and with activists, is openly interested in the processes of change-making, and utilises research methods that effect positive social change. We’re committed to engaging in, supporting and sharing activist research.
The ‘articles’ and ‘case studies’ links below (and/or the nav bar to the left) direct you to our growing collection of articles, papers and case studies. These are mostly written by activists in plain English.
Articles and papers – We welcome your contributions. We’re especially interested in papers that focus on process – how people work for change – rather than focusing on social and environmental problems…
Case studies – A growing collection of case studies written by activists in Australia and other countries. Each one presents an insider’s account of a concerted effort to achieve social and environmental justice…
The Change Agency team have three long-term action research projects. We invite your collaboration and involvement.
Community organising – We’ve developed and trialled a suite of resources to support organisers and activists to become more effective in their efforts to engage and mobilise communities. This action research project draws on community organising principles and practices and has a strong ‘educate the educator’ emphasis to deepen and broaden community organising practice and expertise.
Climate action – Climate change is a top priority for most environmental and social justice non-government organisations in Australia. The climate movement is growing rapidly, with emerging grassroots groups adding their efforts to those of established NGOs. Tapping into the experiences of seasoned climate campaigners can potentially strengthen this emerging movement.
Advocacy evaluation – How do you evaluate the impacts and outcomes of your campaigns? We’re researching what’s out there and what frameworks people are finding useful. We’ve been trialling and popularising a suite of tools and supporting campaigners to weave evaluation into campaign design and implementation.