Short course / summer school

Action Research Summer Camp

Participatory and community-based forms of social problem analysis are core elements of empowerment and change “from below” around the globe. Related processes and methodologies have proven effective in fighting social inequalities and finding useful and sustainable solutions leading towards progressive social transformation.

The summer school with a one-week in-person meeting in mid-June in the Austrian Alps invites students, activists, academics, unionists, community workers, members of non-government organizations and governmental entities alike to build a community of practice in Participatory Action Research. Together with our social partner in Innsbruck, the Waldhüttl community project, we learn about and reflect on participatory problem analysis and political action.

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Action Research Summer Camp_Seminar

Starting from the summer of 2024, Suttneruni will collaborate with European higher education institutions to co-organize this Summer School. This international short course presents an excellent opportunity for students and staff from our partners to participate, with the added advantage of receiving ERASMUS+ financial support to attend this Blended Intensive Programme, BIP CAMP for short. Furthermore, we continue to encourage applications from individuals worldwide, especially those from the Global South, marginalized groups, and minorities.

Key Facts

Duration: 1 in-person week plus 4 preparatory virtual meetings

Microcredential with Certificate of Attendance

Additionally for students from partner institutions: Transcript of Records

ECTS: 6 credits (equivalent to 150-180 hours of work)
Form: Short Course / Summer School / ERASMUS+ Blended Intensive Programme
Group size: 25 to 30 participants
Language: English
Course fee:

For students and staff from ERASMUS+ partner universities: no course fee. Booking of catering (€ 165) is recommended. Simple accommodation available for € 135.

For independent applicants and members of Suttneruni: € 400 (all inclusive), plus student union fee (€ 22.70)


Preparatory virtual meetings:
Mo -  February 26, 18:00-19:30 CET (Kick-off, logistics and introductions)
Tue - March 19, 18:00-19:30 CET (Discussion 1, text based)
Mo -  April 29, 18:00-19:30 CEST (Discussion 2, text based)
Mo -  May 13, 18:00 - 19:30 CEST (Discussion 3, text based)

In-person week: June 16 (15h) to 23 (13h) 2024

Application period: September 15 to November 15, 2023
Course Content

This one-week course in Austria, preceded by an online preparatory phase, offers transnational and intersectoral training and discussion on practical ways of doing participatory analysis across social movements, academic projects, organizing efforts and civic engagement. The venue provides an energizing environment for developing life-long relationships and new ideas.


The Camp welcomes individuals who identify themselves as students, researchers, or practitioners in the fields of social sciences, social work, and community-based services or organizing. The program is open to those with varying degrees of experience in participatory processes and community engagement, as well as those who aspire to integrate community-based research into their work.

Why should you take part in the Action Research Summer Camp?

  • Goal-oriented: Our teaching and learning activities center around your development interests, previous experience and project ideas.
  • Student responsibility: We actively involve you in identifying expectations and planning activities.
  • Teaching through real social projects: For one week, we turn a grassroots organization into a place for learning.
  • Active learning: We build a community of practice and celebrate life.
  • Our goal is inclusion: Costs are generally kept low. We encourage participation from the Global South and minorities.
Corey Dolgon

Participatory Action Research fosters social entrepreneurship in order to remedy the social issues that community or groups are suffering from. In our teaching, we use scenarios that reflect the needs for a just development, e.g. related to work conditions, social exclusion, ecological crises, or public health. Our course is embedded in a real social project that teaches us how human beings and other creatures can live together peacefully.

Prof. Corey Dolgon, Stonehill College (MA, USA)

Eberhard Raithelhuber

In the Action Research Summer Camp, we not only showcase hands-on knowledge about the particular use of participatory problem analysis in different contexts; we also contribute to networking and continued exchange. The Waldhüttl project in Innsbruck, our venue, is a welcoming place for people from all walks of life.

Prof. Eberhard Raithelhuber, Bertha von Suttner Private University (Austria)

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