Hilary Bradbury, Ph.D.

CEO: Curating Excellent Offerings 




Hilary Bradbury - photo taken while Jubilee Prof. at Chalmers U.

Hello, Hilary Bradbury, Ph.D., founder & curator at AR+ Foundation here.  I am a scholar-practitioner focused on the human and organizational dimensions of creating healthy communities. Having been a Professor of Organizational Development for over twenty years, I now support educators of all types as well as educational institutions in transforming their response to the social-ecological crisis of our times. For this I emphasize the integration of research and practice, as “Action Research for Transformations” (ART). 

I play a community organizing role among action researchers worldwide, also reflected in my position as Editor in Chief of the international peer reviewed Action Research Journal (Sage). I believe that action researchers can accomplish more together and that action research transformations is needed more today than ever. My intention is to help develop and sync up the efforts of increasing numbers of global participative action researchers.  

Sustainability is at the heart of my own ART. I started the millennium as a recipient of the George and Cynthia Mitchell Young International Scholar Award for Sustainable Development. Early examples of my work include multi-year action research with NSF funding, e.g., I designed and led multi stakeholder work with the Port of Los Angeles to integrate environmental sustainability into the functioning of the port. Our results in turn influenced ports across the USA as well as multinational supply chains in reducing carbon intensity.

I increasingly emphasize a more relational and integrative approach to ART. Practicing to turn the camera around on ourselves is to rediscover our radical wholeness. By valuing our personal experience we're also updating conventional analytic-conceptual training; we're learning to experiment in bringing more beauty to life.

I enjoy writing and have authored dozens of journal articles and chapters, starting with a best dissertation award (Academy of Management), then shepherding the bestselling series Handbooks of Action Research (Sage), and the more accessible volumes of the multilingual AR+ Cookbooks  (Bradbury and AR+ Associates, 2017, 2019). I relish working at the edgey-edge of self and community development, e.g., uncovering a collaborative response to #MeToo in Eros/Power: Love in the Spirit of Inquiry (Integral Publishers, 2016, with Bill Torbert). I hope to deliver my new book manuscript - how to do ART - to the publisher in September 2021.

Most dear to my heart is integrating mindfulness with all I do. I began to learn patience for the politics of change through my experience, serving as an elected official (Green Party) in LA.   I have since served as a member of the Teaching Circle at the Zen Center of Portland, where I led the "Next Gen Zen" program. 

I grew up in Dublin, Ireland. My undergraduate and early graduate education was at Trinity College Dublin and then at the Divinity Schools of Harvard and University of Chicago where I focused on Philosophy, Religion and Literature. My PhD is in Organizational Change and Transformation from Boston College. I became Assistant (1998) and then Associate Professor of Organizational Development (2003) at Case Western. I spent a few years as Associate Research Professor of Geography at USC, while also Director at the  USC Center for Sustainable Cities. In 2010 I became Full Professor at OHSU (Uni. Oregon - Portland). In 2016 I started to dedicate myself full-time to ActionResearchPlus Foundation.

At AR+ I find delight in bringing many strands of myself together in the company of developmental friends - stewards and PerMems - from all over the globe. I'm happy to have the work increasingly recognized, e.g.,  the AR+ community as a Top 10 Transformation initiative  and myself listed as an inspiring scholar.

May we all be inspired to pivot our action and or researching toward the eco-social call of our time.

I live with my family in Portland, Oregon where I get to enjoy the bike lanes and to cultivate a native-pollinator friendly (weeds are good!) garden.

Contact: Admin@actionresearchplus.com

Hilary Bradbury at Chalmers U.

Hello, Hilary Bradbury, Ph.D., founder & principal at AR+ Foundation here.  I am a scholar-practitioner focused on the human and organizational dimensions of creating healthy communities. Having been a Professor of Organizational Development for over twenty years, I now support educators of all types as well as educational institutions in transforming their response to the social-ecological crisis of our times. For this I emphasize the integration of research and practice, as “Action Research for Transformations” (ART). 

I play a community organizing role among action researchers worldwide, also reflected in my position as Editor in Chief of the international peer reviewed Action Research Journal (Sage). I believe that action researchers can accomplish more together and that action research transformations is needed more today than ever. My intention is to help develop and sync up the efforts of increasing numbers of global participative action researchers.  

Sustainability is at the heart of my own ART. Early examples include multi-year projects with NSF funding, e.g., I designed and led multi stakeholder work with the Port of Los Angeles to integrate environmental sustainability into the functioning of the port. Our results influenced multinational supply chains as well as national port policy in reducing carbon intensity.

I increasingly emphasize a more relational and developmental-integrative approach to ART. Practicing to turn the camera around on ourselves is to rediscover our radical wholeness. By valuing our personal experience we're also updating conventional analytic-conceptual training; we're learning to experiment in bringing more beauty to life.

Most dear to my heart is integrating mindfulness and daily life. I have served as a member of the Teaching Circle at the Zen Center of Portland, where I led the "Next Gen Zen" program. I continue that integration today in all parts of my life and work. In balance with my  vision of a more beautiful world, is having been tempered by political experience e.g., having won election as a Green Party member in LA. 

I enjoy writing and have authored dozens of journal articles and chapters as well as shepherding the bestselling series Handbooks of Action Research (Sage), and the more accessible volumes of the multilingual AR+ Cookbooks  (Bradbury and AR+ Associates, 2017, 2019). I relish working at my developmental edge, e.g., uncovering a collaborative response to #MeToo in Eros/Power: Love in the Spirit of Inquiry (Integral Publishers, 2016, with Bill Torbert). I am always at work on new writing.

I grew up in Dublin, Ireland. My undergraduate and early graduate education was at Trinity College Dublin and then at the Divinity Schools of Harvard and University of Chicago where I focused on Philosophy, Religion and Literature. My PhD is in Organizational Change and Transformation (Bill Torbert and Peter Senge were dissertation advisors), from Boston College's School of Management. I started my academic career as Assistant Professor of Organizational Development at Case Western in 1998. I also spent a few years as Associate Research Professor of Geography while a Director at the USC Center for Sustainable Cities. I moved to Portland's OHSU in 2010. I have since resigned as full Professor to dedicate myself to ActionResearchPlus/AR+ Foundation.

At AR+ I am grateful for the delightful opportunity of bringing many strands of myself together with diverse stewards and personal members as we create a powerful collaborative matrix in service of a more beautiful world.

I live with my family in Portland, Oregon where I love the bike lanes and get to cultivate a garden.

Contact: Admin@actionresearchplus.com

Hilary Bradbury at Chalmers U.

Hello, Hilary Bradbury, Ph.D., founder & principal at AR+ Foundation here.  I am a scholar-practitioner focused on the human and organizational dimensions of creating healthy communities. Having been a Professor of Organizational Development for over twenty years, I now support educators of all types as well as educational institutions in transforming their response to the social-ecological crisis of our times. For this I emphasize the integration of research and practice, as “Action Research for Transformations” (ART). 

I play a community organizing role among action researchers worldwide, also reflected in my position as Editor in Chief of the international peer reviewed Action Research Journal (Sage). I believe that action researchers can accomplish more together and that action research transformations is needed more today than ever. My intention is to help develop and sync up the efforts of increasing numbers of global participative action researchers.  

Sustainability is at the heart of my own ART. Early examples include multi-year projects with NSF funding, e.g., I designed and led multi stakeholder work with the Port of Los Angeles to integrate environmental sustainability into the functioning of the port. Our results influenced multinational supply chains as well as national port policy in reducing carbon intensity.

I increasingly emphasize a more relational and developmental-integrative approach to ART. Practicing to turn the camera around on ourselves is to rediscover our radical wholeness. By valuing our personal experience we're also updating conventional analytic-conceptual training; we're learning to experiment in bringing more beauty to life.

Most dear to my heart is integrating mindfulness and daily life. I have served as a member of the Teaching Circle at the Zen Center of Portland, where I led the "Next Gen Zen" program. I continue that integration today in all parts of my life and work. In balance with my  vision of a more beautiful world, is having been tempered by political experience e.g., having won election as a Green Party member in LA. 

I enjoy writing and have authored dozens of journal articles and chapters as well as shepherding the bestselling series Handbooks of Action Research (Sage), and the more accessible volumes of the multilingual AR+ Cookbooks  (Bradbury and AR+ Associates, 2017, 2019). I relish working at my developmental edge, e.g., uncovering a collaborative response to #MeToo in Eros/Power: Love in the Spirit of Inquiry (Integral Publishers, 2016, with Bill Torbert). I am always at work on new writing.

I grew up in Dublin, Ireland. My undergraduate and early graduate education was at Trinity College Dublin and then at the Divinity Schools of Harvard and University of Chicago where I focused on Philosophy, Religion and Literature. My PhD is in Organizational Change and Transformation (Bill Torbert and Peter Senge were dissertation advisors), from Boston College's School of Management. I started my academic career as Assistant Professor of Organizational Development at Case Western in 1998. I also spent a few years as Associate Research Professor of Geography while a Director at the USC Center for Sustainable Cities. I moved to Portland's OHSU in 2010. I have since resigned as full Professor to dedicate myself to ActionResearchPlus/AR+ Foundation.

At AR+ I am grateful for the delightful opportunity of bringing many strands of myself together with diverse stewards and personal members as we create a powerful collaborative matrix in service of a more beautiful world.

I live with my family in Portland, Oregon where I love the bike lanes and get to cultivate a garden.

Contact: Admin@actionresearchplus.com

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