Mixed Methods and Cross Disciplinary Research - Towards Cultivating Eco-systemic Living
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Promotes social and environmental justice through fostering job creation towards sustainable development
Explores ways to protect “wellbeing stocks” for current and future generations through representation and accountability
Identifies how Indonesia, Africa and Australia are affected by demographics, climate change and people movements, but also how these regions can establish an effective cultural ecosystem management
Her recent research addresses non anthropocentric policy for living systems. In 2017 her volumes for the Springer Contemporary Systems Series address the challenge to re-generate living systems. The sole authored volume is entitled: ‘Planetary Passport for Representation, Accountability and Re-Generation and the edited volume together with Professors Romm and Corcoran Nantes is entitled : ‘Balancing Individualism and Collectivism: Social and Environmental Justice’. The latter comprises collected papers from the Special Integration Group for International Systems Sciences which McIntyre chairs together with 16 international contributors, including early career researchers. The research seeks a better balance across social, cultural, political, economic and environmental interspecies concerns to ensure a sustainable future for current and future generations. The ecological citizen uses a ‘planetary passport’ to track the distribution and redistribution of resources in the interests of social and environmental justice. Engagement links high level challenges with individual perspectives, facilitating nuanced investigation of the complex ethical challenge of closing the gap in life chances. The central argument looks for ways to hold the powerful to account so as to enable virtuous living by the majority in a ‘planetary passport’ that demonstrates a careful use of resources and a way to protect habitat for living systems.
Norma R. A. Romm (DLitt et Phil, Sociology) is Research Professor in the Department of Adult Basic Education and Youth Development, the University of South Africa. She is the author of The Methodologies of Positivism and Marxism (Macmillan, 1991), Accountability in Social Research (Springer, 2001), New Racism (Springer, 2010), Responsible Research Practice (2018, Springer), People’s Education in Theoretical Perspective (with V. McKay, Longman, 1992), Diversity Management (with R. Flood, Wiley, 1996), and Assessment of the Impact of HIV and AIDS in the Informal Economy of Zambia (with V. McKay, ILO, 2008). She has co-edited three books—Social Theory (with M. Sarakinsky, Heinemann, 1994), Critical Systems Thinking (with R. Flood, Plenum, 1996) and Balancing Individualism and Collectivism (with J. McIntyre-Mills and Y. Corcoran-Nantes) She has published more than 100 research articles on the contribution of research to social development, the way in which research can be practised accountably, Indigenous ways of knowing and living, and the facilitation of adult learning. She has worked on a range of projects aimed at increasing equity for organizations such as the ILO, ADEA, IOM, and UNESCO.