Focusing on the Big Issues
We organize our action-research program around five themes, which we explore in depth through conducting our own projects and comparative and regional case studies, as well as drawing upon the body of existing research findings.
By action-research we mean that our work often involves engagement in the policy debates and actions we are analyzing and commenting upon. We have purposively adopted an action-research approach because it is change-oriented and reflexive. The lessons we draw through ongoing exchange and analysis will inform the thinking and actions of our own network as well as those we engage with in conducting our work.
The first four themes (dialogue, institutions, knowledge & capacity, social justice) have dedicated portfolios of action-research activities, while the fifth theme (security) will draw from their collective research efforts. We note that these themes are sufficiently discrete to warrant individual attention without implying that any are mutually exclusive.