Adjunct Profess Yoland Wadsworth


Adjunct Professor

School /
Work Unit

School of Global, Urban & Social Studies

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 2328



City campus


College of Design and Social Context


Dr Yoland Wadsworth

Key activities

Adjunct Professor Yoland Wadsworth is one of Australia’s pioneers in the use of integral and transformative social research and evaluation methodologies in health, human and community services, including the use of action research, dialogic, participatory and ‘whole systems’ inquiry.

She has recently completed a final methodology book about her transdisciplinary theory of inquiry as the dynamic for life and for health and human services formation and change in particular, entitled Building in Research and Evaluation: Human inquiry for living systems (Allen & Unwin, Sydney 2010; also internationally through Left Coast Press, San Francisco 2011). The resources website for this book is

Yoland is also author of Australia’s best-selling research and evaluation texts – Do It Yourself Social Research and Everyday Evaluation on the Run (both 3e Allen & Unwin 2011, with over 50,000 copies; now also available internationally through Left Coast Press, San Francisco 2011). She authored the influential Knox Project early childhood services community studies in the 1970s, and with Maggie McGuiness and Merinda Epstein the 1980s-1990s acute psychiatric services’ staff-consumer collaborative evaluation studies ‘Understanding, Anytime’, ‘U&I: Understanding and Involvement’ and The Essential U&I (VicHealth, 2001). She is also the chief investigator of the long-running narrative action evaluation (NEAR) project, a partnership of the Department of Health, North and West Metropolitan Region with RMIT University and the University of Melbourne.


BA, PhD Monash, FAES

Links to industry

  • Advisory Committee – Systemic Practice and Action Research Journal (Springer)
  • Advisory Board – Action Research Journal (Sage)
  • Editorial Advisory Board – Action Learning: Research & Practice Journal (Taylor & Francis)
  • Editorial Board – Action Research International (SCU) online journal
  • Awards judge – Australasian Evaluation Society
  • Life member – Action Learning Action Research Association Inc

Personal website

Yoland Wadsworth

Please note this is not an RMIT website. It is a member homepage on the website of the Action Research Issues Association Inc. It details web-accessible research publications by Yoland Wadsworth.

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