Call for Papers: International Action Learning Conference 2020


Call for Papers/ Contributions

As we look ahead to 2021, the world looks to be ever more complex, divided and vulnerable and in need of innovative solutions. In a fractured world, at both a global and local level, we know that action learning is making a contribution in relation to the pressing problems of our time.  Fresh questions, new insights and imaginative conversations are now needed. The 2020 International Action Learning Conference takes as its theme Action Learning for Social Action. The context for this conference includes a growing awareness of the difficulties and challenges posed by climate change, inequalities and conflicts. The conference seeks to be a forum for sharing experience, insights, questions and practice.

  • Work on the wicked problems of society – engaging with social problems such as poverty, homelessness, crime, climate change
  • Regeneration work in cities, communities and neighbourhoods
  • Creating sustainable futures
  • Ethical and responsible leadership practices
  • Adaptive action learning
  • Environmental activism
  • Internationalisation of action learning
  • Efforts at political change and political action
  • Fostering creativity and innovation
  • Empowering people in relation to health, educational, developmental and social needs

Proposals for papers, workshops or other suggested contributions are invited for submission: Refereed papers – abstracts of 300 words; accounts of practice, workshops – outline of 150 words.

Email submissions and queries to: by 31 October 2019

Conference Webpage:

Why attend? The conference will interest all those concerned with social action and social justice, organisation change and improvement in business, public sector, not-for-profit and community contexts.

Conference Details

Date: 6-8 April 2020 

Times: 2pm Monday 6 April 2020- 1pm Wednesday 8 April 2020 

Location: Eldon Building, Portsmouth University

Cost: conference rate 

Early bird bookings £245 – closes 31 January 2020

Full delegate fee £295 – closes 6 March 2020

Day fee £140 – closes 6 March 2020

The delegate fee & early bird rate offers:

  • • Admission to all sessions and plenaries
  • • Conference materials 
  • • Tea, coffee and lunches throughout the conference 
  • • Welcome Reception on Monday and Conference Dinner 
  • • The day rate only allows access to the conference for a specified day and refreshments during that day  

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