Action Research | Panpsychic Inquiry | Nature Writing
As Director of the Centre for Action Research in Professional Practice at the University of Bath, England, I was an international leader in the development of participative approaches to action research. In these forms of experiential inquiry all are co-researchers, contributing both to the thinking that forms the research and to the action that is its subject. I contributed to the articulation of a participatory worldview, and published widely, co-editing the Handbook of Action Research: Participative Inquiry and Practice and co-founded the journal Action Research.
Since retiring from full time academic work, I have focused on writing books and articles that link the tradition of nature writing with the ecological crisis of our times, drawing on scientific, ecological, philosophical, and spiritual sources. I undertook two ecological pilgrimages at sea; explores the place of art and poetry in a time of ecological catastrophe; writes and sings ‘songs for the Earth’; and is currently engaged in series of experiential and co-operative inquiries exploring living cosmos panpsychism in relation to Rivers.