There is still little written about doing participatory action research (PAR) as a doctoral student. This paper provides a missing first-person account of doing a PAR Ph.D. in the Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) field. Based on the author’s own experience of using PAR as part of his PACS doctoral degree this paper reflects on why he decided to use PAR in his doctorate project and how he went about doing it. It further highlights some of the benefits (academic and non-academic) of doing a PAR Ph.D., as well as challenges faced and responses to them. Four key lessons learned are also offered with the hope that they will be helpful to others embarking on PAR. The paper also includes a discussion of the broader implications for those interested in doing PAR, as well as a call for more PAR in the PACS field, making the argument that it offers a powerful means for narrowing the oft-cited gap between peace research and peace action.
Participatory action research (PAR); PhD; peace and conflict studies; peace education; practitioner-research; community-university partnerships
"Doing Participatory Action Research as a Doctoral Student in the Peace and Conflict Studies Field,"
Peace and Conflict Studies: Vol. 26:
2, Article 5.
Available at: https://nsuworks.nova.edu/pcs/vol26/iss2/5