Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Action Research on Sustainable Development

  • Karin TschiggerlEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_158


Action research (AR) can be defined as a systematic type of research enabling “people to find effective solutions to problems they confront in their everyday lives” (Stringer 2013). Based on a reflective process on a cycle of actions, a particular problematic situation can be addressed. The idea behind is that by doing so changes occur within the setting, the participants, as well as the researcher (Herr and Anderson 2005).


Since the rise of the international discussion starting with the publication of the Brundtland report “Our common future” in 1987 (WCED 1987), many approaches and programs have been initiated toward a sustainable development. “Sustainable development is a process with the clear vision to change our societies from unsustainable to sustainable” (Baumgartner 2011). Nonetheless, many sustainability-related problems are still existent or even faced by increasing negative impacts. This leads to the assumption of a lacking awareness, ability,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Montanuniversitaet LeobenLeobenAustria

Section editors and affiliations

  • Evangelos Manolas
    • 1
  1. 1.Democritus University of ThraceThraceGreece