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what we do

the action/research/collective [a/r/co] is a network of independent researchers who aim to support social movements in their struggle against structural injustice, inequality, and violence.

we conduct small, tailored research projects on demand for community organizers and activists.
we investigate background contexts, gather information and try to make knowledge more accessible. civil society groups can use this information to analyze political developments, discuss goals and develop strategies.

all work by a/r/co is independent, confidential and unpaid.

who we support

we work for self-organized, non-state, non-profit and non-corporate actors who strive for a more equitable and just society, including groups
whose work and values are:

  • anti-fascist
  • anti-racist
  • anti-colonial
  • advocating cooperative & solidarity economy,
  • feminist, or
  • advocating queer liberation

why research

activists often have much more expertise in their field of action than researchers. but while being busy with educating, agitating and organising, they sometimes lack the time for deep dives and background investigations. this is where we as researchers offer our solidarity.

we support communities, movements, and organizers in their commitment to knowledge-production, education and mobilization. this work is all the more necessary in these dark times of rising right-wing nationalism, fascism, and state-sponsored violence.

‚a/r/co‘ is not only the acronym for action/research/collective.
‚arco‘ also means ‚arch‘ or ‚bow‘. it serves as a bridge between research and activism, but also as an instrument that supports activists in targeting injustice.

what we offer

upon request, we conduct small-scale investigation initiatives that meet the specific needs of your community or activist group.

you tell us what you need, and we see what we can do, depending on our time resources, access to sources, and consistency with our values.

formats and methods may include:

  • background research for speeches, texts and campaigns
  • literature overviews on topics of interest (e.g. on the success of particular protest tactics in history or other contexts)
  • media screening/monitoring on political developments
  • content/discourse analysis of media (written or audio/ visual), speeches, policy documents, etc.
  • network analyses (in and outside of social media)
  • overview of theories & typologies that help understand political phenomena
  • theory-practice transfer (e.g. joint workshops)
  • facilitate contact and knowledge-exchange with activists from other contexts
  • collection & analysis of statistics
  • interviews and surveys with persons of interest
  • participant observations (e.g. at demonstrations, political events, court cases)
  • observation at street demonstrations (e.g. of police behavior, of far-right demonstrators), counting or survey of participants (e.g. about their motivation to join)
  • archival research (e.g. in public archives on historical data or incidents in a particular city)
  • (comparatives) case studies (e.g. of other social movements, other countries, cities, contexts, …)
  • translation of movement documents from other languages (incl. spanish, italian, greek, french, german)
  • collection of training materials
  • systematization and visualization of collected information
  • development of participatory and collaborative research initiatives
  • informal academic peer-review for early career scholar-activists and researchers (e.g. developing research projects, phd proposals, …)
  • review and edit texts for publications, reports, or websites in english, italian, and german
  • whatever else comes into your mind and sounds both meaningful and feasable…

topics we have worked on

  • protest tactics & cycles
  • history of social movements & resistance
  • police & state violence
  • far-right discourse, politics & violence
  • visual communication, memes & online media
  • artistic activism
  • platform & internet governance
  • digital activism & repression

  • global north-south relations
  • racism & (neo)colonialism
  • migration & refugee politics
  • international cooperation
  • gender & power relations
  • (post-) conflict dynamics
  • conflict transformation & dialogue
  • and some more…

who we are

we are a loose network of people who have a background in academia and enjoy doing research with political relevance. some of us also have experience in political activism and social movements.

we are financially and institutionally independent.
this gives us the freedom to support who we want, but also limits our capacities in terms of time and resources.

we are currently based in berlin and london.

we speak english, german, italian, greek, and spanish.

nicola
lisa
evelyn
mike

how to contact us

to see if we can contribute to your work, please make an initial contact via mail: actionresearch@protonmail.com
(your mail will be encrypted if you write it from a Protonmail account).

for a more detailed exchange, we will suggest a secure digital communication channel or a personal meeting, depending on your location.