Mary Brydon-Miller

Mary Brydon-Miller

Dr. Brydon-Miller's curriculum vitae [PDF]

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Environmental Psychology, University of Massachusetts
  • M.A., Psychology, University of Massachusetts
  • B.A., Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz


Dr. Brydon-Miller is a participatory action researcher who conducts work in both school and community settings. Her current research focuses on research ethics in educational and community settings and on the transformation of institutions of higher education through action research.

Research Areas

  • Climate Change Education
  • Research Ethics
  • Action Research


  • Action Research

Selected Professional Service

  • Centre for Community Justice and Social Action. University of Durham. International Advisory Board Member (current)
  • Swedish Participatory Action Research Consortium (SPARC). International Board Member (current)
  • Associate Editor, Educational Action Research
  • Editorial Board Member, Educational Research for Social Change
  • Associate Editor Emerita, Action Research
  • Reviewer, British Educational Research

Professional Memberships

  • Action Research Action Learning Association
  • Action Research Network of the Americas
  • American Educational Research Association
  • Association for Practical and Professional Ethics


  • Banks, S. and Brydon-Miller, M. (2018). Ethics in participatory research for health and social well-being: Cases and commentaries. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
  • Brydon-Miller, M. (2018). Critical learning, community, and engagement: Elements for creating positive learning environments and opportunities for positive change. Editorial essay. Educational Action Research, 26(3).
  • Brydon-Miller, M. & Coghlan, D. (2018). First-, second-, and third-person values- based ethics in educational action research: Personal resonance, mutual regard, and social responsibility. Educational Action Research. DOI: 10.1080/09650792.2018.1445539
  • Brydon-Miller, M. & Ortiz Aragón, A. (2018). The 500 hats of the action researcher. In A. Bilfeldt, M. S.Jørgensen, J. Andersen, & K. A. Perry (Eds.), Den ufærdige fremtid: Aktionsforskningens potentialer og udfordringer (pp. 19-47). Aalborg, Denmark: Aalborg University Press.
  • Brydon-Miller, M.& Hilsen, A. I. (2016). Where rivers meet: Exploring the confluence of ecofeminism, covenantal ethics, and action research. In M. Phillips & N. Rumens (Eds.), Contemporary perspectives on ecofeminism (pp. 95-108). New York: Routledge.
  • Coghlan, D. and Brydon-Miller, M. (Eds.) (2014). The SAGE Encyclopedia of Action Research. London: SAGE Publications.
  • Stevens, D., Brydon-Miller, M., & Raider-Roth, M. (2016). Structured ethical reflection in practitioner inquiry: Theory, pedagogy, and practice. The Educational Forum, 80 (4), 430-443.
  • Brydon-Miller, M. & Coghan, D. (2015). Mirror, mirror: Action research takes a hard look at higher education. In J. Kearney, M. Todhunter, & R. Teare (Eds.), Lifelong action learning and research: A tribute to the pioneering life and work of Ortrun Zuber-Skerritt (pp. 11-20). Sense Publishers.
  • Research Ethics: Developing a Personal, Participative, and Public Ethical Stance in Participatory Action Research. New Directions in Participatory Ethics. Durham University. Durham, UK. July 8, 2016.
  • Lighting the spark, seeing the light: Educational Action Research as Transformative Practice. Keynote Address in International Congress on Action Research in Education Manila, Philippines. March 3-5, 2016


  • Community-based Research: Mobilizing Research for Social Change. Public Lecture. North West University. Potchefstroom, South Africa. August 13, 2018.
  • Engaging and Mobilizing Communities: A Participatory Research Approach. Benjamin Meaker Visiting Fellow Departmental Lecture. University of Bristol. Bristol, UK. July 19, 2018.
  • Seven Unanswered Questions: An Exploration of Ethics in Participatory Research. Masterclass. Action Research Group Ireland. June 27-29, 2018.
  • ThinkIR