In the spring of 2018, the Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice (I4P) provided some funding to host a series of exploratory meetings around the possibility of setting up a new inter-disciplinary, cross-faculty research network. The initial overture was made on the basis of interest and relevance of action and action-oriented research approaches, and the underpinning principles such research espouses.
Meetings took place in the spring and summer term, during which time a group of people representing all three faculties, and a range of stages of research experiences and expertise, agreed to formally constitute themselves as a research network as part of I4P.
These meetings clarified for us that our unifying features were neither substantive and discipline-specific, nor exclusively aligned to specific research methodologies. Rather, we, as a group, felt motivated by our principles and purposes in research. We used this as a means of generating our network name, drawing on the language and axiology of our discussions.
C: collaborative, creative,critical
E: emancipatory, empowering
A: action, action-oriented, activist,
T: traversing, truthfulness
E: ethical, educative, at-the-edges,