Action Research and Critical Inquiry in Organisations

Contributing to positive changes in organisations and the wider community.

ARCIO is an interdisciplinary research centre that brings together a network of scholars committed to researching in participative and/or capacity-building ways in organisations and communities.

We are based in the University of Bristol Business School but our membership stretches across the social sciences and beyond, including an artist in residence and visiting professors.

Our research, teaching and public engagement activities are orientated around issues of social justice and equality, gender and feminism, democracy, participation, and inclusivity, social activism and sustainability.

We locate our work within critiques of neoliberalism and 'business as usual’, and collaborate with groups interested in taking a critical stand on research and development projects, and on political activism. We hold a diverse range of methodological interests, including critical theory/inquiry, participatory action research and arts-based approaches, narrative inquiry and feminist methods and pedagogy.

Contact us

Organisations or individuals interested in working with ARCIO, please contact:

Professor Sheena Vachhani

BSc(UMIST), PhD(Manch.)
Professor of Work and Organisation Studies, University of Bristol Business School

Dr Patricia C Gaya

B.Sc., Ph.D.(Bath)
Senior Lecturer in Management, University of Bristol Business School
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