Critical Utopian Action Research: Methodological inspiration for democratization?

Jonas Egmose*, Janne Gleerup, Birger Steen Nielsen

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This paper provides an introduction to Critical Utopian Action Research (CUAR) as a methodology with a strong emphasis on combining critical analysis, imaginative thinking, and everyday life-based actions toward societal democratization. First, we situate CUAR in the light of current societal frameworks asking: Why the need of CUAR? We then briefly mark theoretical sources of inspiration before focusing on the Future Creating Workshop as a way to elicit what CUAR is from a methodological point of view. We exemplify how the workshop functions before we finally discuss what kind of contributions CUAR might enable in the context of local communities, workplaces, organizations, and broader societal settings.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Review of Qualitative Research
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)233-246
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020


  • Critical Utopian Action Research
  • future creating workshop
  • democratization

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