Transformative Research and Higher Education

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Publication date: 8 March 2022


(2022), "Prelims", Roij, A.B. (Ed.) Transformative Research and Higher Education, Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. i-xiii.



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Transformative Research and Higher Education

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Azril Bacal Roij

Uppasala University, Sweden

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About the Editor

Azril Bacal Roij has a PhD in Sociology from Uppsala University. He is currently CEMUS affiliate at Uppsala University and Swedish Agricultural University (SLU) and Professor on Peace Education at CIPAE-Puebla, Mexico (2005–2021); a Guest lecturer in Participatory Action-Research at Mälardalen University-Eskilstuna (2017–2021), Sweden (R); Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Cultural Studies (1993–2006); Visiting Lecturer in Urban Planning at UCLA (1996); and has been part of Rural Development team at the University of Córdoba (2001–2003). He was also an Endowment Humanities Scholar, at Otterbein College (1995); University Teacher and Researcher (‘Prototype of Integrated Farming’) at Colegio de Postgraduados, Mexico (1981–1987); Associate Professor of Human Sciences at UNALM, Perú (1967–1980, 2011–2015); Guest lecturer at the Anthropology Department, Uppsala University; Advisor to the Minister of Agriculture (Agrarian Reform, Rural Development, Peasant Training, Peasant Radio-Forum program), Perú; Academic Coordinator for the Latin American Master Program in Communication (1967–1969); Chairman of Anthropology and Sociology at UDLAP-Puebla, México (1983–1985); Consultant at UNESCO-OREALC (Teacher-Training in Rural and Areas of Marginal Latin America 1981–1982) and at IIIA (‘Rural Development in Indigenous Areas of Latin America’); and Academic Coordinator of the workshops ‘Conflict Prevention and Management’, PCRI-Uppsala University-UNALM, Perú (2013–2017). His research includes Ethnicity; Ethno-Politics; Ethnic Discrimination; Participatory Experiential Action-Research; White Nationalist-Populism; Rural Development; Self-Management; Higher Education; Quality of Working Life and Democratization – in Latin America, SIDA (1989–1991); ethnic identity of elder Latinas, Research Program on Ethnic Aging, Research & Development, Social Services and Ethnology Department, Stockholm (1993–1997). He is a member of ‘Red Universidad y Compromiso Social’, Seville, Red Paulo Freire, Swedish PAR Association (SPARC); board member of research committees 10, 05, 26, International Sociological Association; IRIPAZ; former member at Paulo Freire Institute. He is a popular educator and cultural worker at the film and poetry forum: ‘equal value of all human beings’, cultural division, Uppsala Municipal Council. He has published poems in Spanish, Swedish and English. He is an engaged scholar in social movements for environmental, climate justice and peace.

About the Contributors

Dr John Andersen is Professor in Sociology and Planning at Roskilde University, Denmark. He worked as research and development consultant in the third European Anti-poverty Programme, and was a Councilor in the City of Copenhagen (2014–2017). His research is rooted in action research and case study traditions and is focused on peoples' empowerment and capacity building in urban and rural communities.

Dr Umut Erel is Professor of Sociology at the Open University, UK. She has widely published on the intersections of migration, ethnicity, citizenship, racism, gender and class. Her methodological interests are in creative and participatory methods for research and engagement. For recent publications, see

Dr John Foran is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at UC Santa Barbara, California. His teaching centres on confronting the climate crisis through social movements and systemic alternatives beyond capitalism. He is Co-director of NXTerra (, a platform for teachers and students of the climate crisis, climate justice and critical sustainability. He participates in the Eco Vista project (, Transition US (, and the Global Tapestry of Alternatives (

Dr Martin Severin Frandsen is Associate Professor of Urban Planning at Roskilde University, Denmark. His research revolves around questions of participation, segregation, disadvantaged urban areas and sustainability. Methodologically, he combines the historical study of the emergence and transformation of problems with action research and experimental engagement in working out solutions to these problems.

Erene Kaptani is a participatory performance artist, social scientist, drama therapist and PhD candidate in Sociology and Theatre at the University of Greenwich. She employs narrative and movement-based methods of improvisation, Physical and Forum Theatre for social research, community development and public impact. She has produced and performed plays at Studio Upstairs Arts Community at Playback South Theatre Company. She published academic papers, storytelling for displacement and spoken word in journals and media.

Dr Frans Lenglet has a PhD in Education from Stanford University, and works as an independent researcher in the domain of education and sustainability. He was Director of the Swedish International Centre of Education for Sustainable Development at Uppsala University, Sweden. He is a member of a number of international networks supporting individuals and collectivities in making decisions and acting on choices about just cultural, social, economic and bio-physical conditions affecting their livelihoods and well-being, as well as those of other people and future generations.

Dr Erik Lindhult is a Senior Lecturer, Innovation, Management & Entrepreneurship at Mälardalen University, Sweden. His main area of research is participatory, collaborative and democratic innovation and action research, as well as entrepreneurship for a sustainable development of society. He is board member of Swedish Participatory Action Research Society (SPARC), Swedish Interactive Research Association (SIRA), and associate board member of ISA's Research Committee 10 Participation, Organizational Democracy and Self-management.

Dr Vicente Manzano-Arrondo is Professor of Behavioral Research at University of Seville, Spain. He has a PhD in Psychology, Education and Economics, with postgraduate studies in inter-linguistics (focused on Esperanto). Once acknowledged as best psychology teacher in Spain, his research explores ways to overcome oppression in the realms of academics and linguistics. As an engaged researcher, he builds collaborative channels between the university and social movements, to place the university at the service of people systematically neglected in most societies.

Dr Christina Marouli studied Biochemistry, Urban and Environmental Policy, and Sociology. She is an Associate Professor at the Environmental Studies program of DEREE – the American College of Greece, where she founded and directed the Center of Excellence for Sustainability. She is an experienced consultant on environmental issues and women's and children's issues. She won a Fulbright Award for research on multicultural environmental education. Her research interests include sustainable cities, education for sustainability and social change, and food waste.

Dr Maggie O'Neill is Professor in Sociology at University College Cork, Head of the Department of Sociology & Criminology and member of the Centre for the Study of the Moral Foundations of Economy and Society. Maggie does participatory research on asylum, migration and gender, using biographical and arts-based methods, collaborating with artists and communities. Her concept of ‘ethno-mimesis’ articulates ethnographic and arts-based (walking) research. She has researched and published on critical theory, PAR, sex work and migration, asylum and borders.

Dr Tracey Reynolds is Professor of Social Sciences and Director of the Centre for Applied Sociology Research at the University of Greenwich. Tracey's teaching and research areas include an interest in Black and racialised migrant mothering, families and communities. Tracey's most recent projects deal with neighbourhood organizations, using creative, participatory and co-produced projects to explore migrant families' community resilience, and the impact of the United Kingdom's hostile environment policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Warm thanks are due to Kimberley Chadwick, at Emerald Publishers (UK), Rasoul Nejadmehr at FID, Gothenburg (Sweden), and Annette Bilfeldt and John Andersen at Aalborg Universitetsforlag (Denmark), the kind publishers who granted the green light to draw excerpts from my recent publications, respectively, The Legacy of Dorothy Lee and Paulo Freire to Active Learning in Higher Education (Bacal, 2018): The Contributions of Paulo Freire to Intercultural Dialogue (Bacal, 2018) and The Promise and Challenges of Transformative Participatory Action-Research in the 21st Century: The Legacy of Paulo Freire and Orlando Fals-Borda (Bacal, 2018). I am deeply indebted to Frans Lenglet and Christina Marouli, for their careful reading and constructive suggestions which considerably contributed to improve on the coherence and legibility of this text.