We are a network of individuals – scholars, educators, and activists – committed to democratizing knowledge production. Any and all are invited to join!


Dr. Lonnie Rowell is a scholar-activist, educator, and ARNA co-founder. He recently retired as Associate Professor in the Counseling Program, School of Leadership and Education Sciences, University of San Diego, USA, where he taught graduate courses in action research, group dynamics, and research methods in counseling. Lonnie serves on the editorial board of Educational Action Research, co-edited The Palgrave International Handbook of Action Research, and co-chaired the 1st Global Assembly for Knowledge Democracy in 2017. He now Chairs ARNA’s team for Strategic Priority #1.

Dr. Meagan Call-Cummings is an Assistant Professor of Research Methodology in George Mason University’s College of Education and Human Development. Meagan specializes participatory, feminist, and critical approaches to qualitative inquiry, and conducts community-based research with diverse youth in schools with the goal of helping them honor their own voices and capacity for valuable knowledge production. Her recent work has been published in Action Research, Qualitative Inquiry, and several edited volumes focusing on action research and participatory methods.

Dr. Mary McAteer is former Director of Professional Learning Programmes at Edge Hill, UK.  Having moved to part-time she is now Programme Lead for an MA Educational Enquiry and Professional Learning.  She teaches courses on research methodology and evidence-based practice, and supervises research students.  Her own research has an action-oriented, interdisciplinary focus, drawing on eclectic and episto-flexible methodologies.  Its purpose is always directed towards theorising as a means to understand and improve human and social conditions and practices. 

She founded and leads the interdisciplinary CREATE Research Network at Edge Hill University, and is a member of the Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN)  coordinating group. She has published articles, books and book chapters on action research in a range of contexts, including professional learning and development of teachers, and community-based participatory work.

Melissa Hauber-Özer is a PhD candidate and Graduate Research Assistant in George Mason University’s College of Education and Human Development who lives and works in Hatay, Turkey. With a background in adult second language and literacy instruction, Melissa employs critical participatory methodologies to examine educational access and equity in migration contexts. Her work can be found in Action Research, Forum: Qualitative Social Research, and Forced Migration Review along with various edited volumes.

Dr. Karen Ross is an Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, where her work focuses on questions around dialogue, peace building, education and social activism, both substantively and in terms of how a commitment to peace building translates into critical methodological approaches. Karen conducts research with programs using dialogue and encounters to bring together groups in conflict, as well as participatory research on the impacts of restorative justice in correctional institutions. She is a dialogue facilitator and facilitator trainer, and committed to using dialogic approaches and methodologies in her work. 

José Maria Ramos is director of the boutique foresight consultancy Action Foresight, is Senior Consulting Editor for the Journal of Futures Studies, and Senior Adjunct Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast. His consulting work has involved federal, state and municipal governments, as well as citizen innovation experiments. He has taught and lectured at universities in Australia, Singapore, and Germany. His scholarly work addresses varied topics in futures studies and social innovation. Using action research, he has co-founded numerous civil society organizations, a social forum, a maker lab, an advocacy group for commons governance, and a peer to peer leadership development group. He holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature, a Master’s degree in Strategic Foresight, and a Ph.D. in Critical Globalisation Studies. He is originally from California of Mexican ancestry and now lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife and two children.