University of Gothenburg

Nordic Network for Action Research and Action Learning

The Nordic Network for Action Research and Action Learning was formed in 2004 in a collaboration between the University of Gothenburg, The Artic university of Norway in Tromsö, and the Turku Academy in Vaasa, Finland. Since then, the network has been broadened and is today open to anyone who is interested in educational issues and didactics as well as action research in the Nordic countries.


Researchers and doctoral students in the network conduct various action research projects together with teachers, principals and other practitioners in schools and preschools, as well as with teacher students. Characteristic of these research projects is that they take place in collaboration between researchers and practitioners, that dialogue and collective reflection are central elements, and that research questions and perspectives are based on practice.
Joint activities

Once every 18 months, the action research conference NORALF is organized. It is carried out every other time in Tromsö, Norway, and every other time in Gothenburg, Sweden. The conference is organized as a dialogue conference, where some research presentations take place in plenary while others take place in small groups. Each presentation is followed by group dialogues. Once a year, a joint writing week is also organized, usually in Fuengirola, Spain, where all network members who wish to participate are welcome.


Courses and programs in action research are conducted at the universities in the network. A Nordic Master's program in Education with a focus on Action Research (NoMiA) has been developed within the network and has been given since 2011 at the University of Gothenburg. Postgraduate courses for doctoral students are also given regularly. At the University of Gothenburg, a higher seminar is also arranged with about three meetings per semester on the theme of action research.

If you are interested in being part of the network and receive our regular mailings, please contact coordinator Åsa Hirsh