ARCIO (Action Research and Critical Inquiry in Organisations)

Contributing to positive changes in organisations and the wider community

ARCIO (Action Research and Critical Inquiry in Organisations) is an interdisciplinary research centre that brings together a network of scholars committed to researching in participative and/or capacity-building ways in organisations and communities.

We are based in the School of Management but our membership stretches across the social sciences and beyond, including an artist in residence and visiting professors. Our research, teaching and public engagement activities are orientated around issues of social justice and equality, gender and feminism, democracy, participation, and inclusivity, social activism and sustainability.

We locate our work within critiques of neoliberalism and 'business as usual’, and collaborate with groups interested in taking a critical stand on research and development projects, and on political activism. We hold a diverse range of methodological interests, including critical theory/inquiry, participatory action research and arts-based approaches, narrative inquiry and feminist methods and pedagogy.


Organisations or individuals interested in working with ARCIO, please contact us.

Academic lead

Dr Sheena Vachhani:

Key Contacts

Dr Patricia Gayá:

Contact Details

T: +44(0)117 39 40533


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