ALARA Association


The Action Learning, Action Research Association (ALARA) is a network of people interested in using action research and action learning to generate collaborative learning, research and action to transform workplaces, schools, colleges, universities, communities, voluntary organisations, governments and businesses.

ALARA’s vision is that action research and action learning will be widely used and publicly shared by individuals and groups creating local and global change for the achievement of a more equitable, just, joyful, productive, peaceful and sustainable society.

Action learning and action research are both collaborative processes designed to increase learning and to generate change for a better world whatever the context. Mindfulness and reflection underpin both processes.

ALARA was formed in 1991 in Brisbane and has grown to an international network.  It conducts seminars, workshops and conferences on a local, national and international basis. The Association has conducted nine World Congresses – in Australia (4), South Africa (2), Colombia, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom – in addition to 22 local, national and international conferences.  ALARA also publishes a journal, monographs, congress proceedings and an e-newsletter.

The Brisbane ALARA network conducts regular “Conversations” throughout the year.  These events are designed to be participative so that everyone can share their knowledge, skills, processes and experience.  The topics of these focused conversations vary greatly but reflect current issues and interventions in work, community and family life.

ALARA is a registered Charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission.  The organisation’s website is:


Dr Ron Passfield PhD was an executive founding member of ALARA, President from 1992 to 1997, and has been awarded life membership by the ALARA Association.  Ron has a long standing interest in the practice of reflection and mindfulness and currently writes a blog on mindful practice: