Peer reviewed writing

The Dione Hills Tavistock Institute and UK Evaluation Society Prize

In memory of Dione Hills, the Tavistock Institute and the UK Evaluation Society have awarded a prize for the best short paper on the application of complexity-informed thinking in the field of evaluation. Winner Cathy Sharp (2021) Be a participant, not a spectator – new territories for evaluation, Announcement here, publication forthcoming.

Chapter Summary

Encounters with the Participatory Imagination in the UK Action Research Community: Interplays and Silences (2022)  Cathy Sharp and Ruth Balogh.  This is part of a series of chapter summaries of the Handbook of Participatory Research and Inquiry.


Cathy Sharp, Joette Thomas and Ruth Brown (2022) Because how we talk matters: using action inquiry to nurture a coaching culture, Action Learning: Research and Practice, DOI: 10.1080/14767333.2022.2033022

Sharp, C. (2020) Practising change together – where nothing is clear, and everything keeps changing, Action Learning: Research and Practice, DOI: 10.1080/14767333.2020.1712838

Sharp, C (2018)  What can we do with our stories? Reflections from the FaroesConcept, 9(2), p. 5.

Sharp, C., Dewar, B., Barrie, K and Meyer, J (2018) How being appreciative creates change – theory in practice from health and social care in Scotland, Action Research, Vol 16 Issue 2, June

Dewar, B., Sharp, C., Barrie, K., MacBride, T and Meyer, J (2017) Caring Conversation Framework to Promote Person Centered Care: Synthesizing Qualitative Findings from a Multi-Phase Research Program, The International Journal of Person Centered Medicine, Vol 7 Issue 1 pp 21-35

Dewar, B., Barrie, K., Sharp, C and Meyer, J (2017) Implementation of a complex intervention to support leadership development in nursing homes: a multi-method participatory study.  Journal of Applied Gerontology

Belinda Dewar and Cathy Sharp (2013) Appreciative dialogue for co-facilitation in action research and practice development, International Practice Development Journal, Volume 3, Issue 2

Netto, G, Pawson, H, and Sharp, C (2009) Preventing homelessness due to domestic violence: providing a safe space or closing the door to new possibilities? Social Policy & Administration, Vol. 43, No. 7, Dec, pp. 719–735

Dewar, B. and Sharp, C (2006) Using evidence: how action learning can support individual and organisational learning through action research, Educational Action Research Vol. 14, No. 2, pp. 219–237

Book Chapters

Sharp, C and Balogh, R (2021) Becoming Participatory: some contributions to action research in the UK, in Burns, D., Howard, J. and Ospina, S. M. (eds) The Sage Handbook of Participatory Research and Inquiry

Sharp, C and Dewar, B. (2017) Learning in Action: Extending Our Understanding of Appreciative Inquiry, in Zuber-Skerrett, O (ed) Conferences as Sites of Learning and Development: Using Participatory Action Learning and Action Research Approaches, Routledge

Dewar, B., McBride, A and Sharp, C (2017) Person-centred research, in McCormack, B and McCance, T Person-Centred Practice in Nursing and Health Care (2nd ed.) Wiley-Blackwell

Humphreys, C., Thiara, R. K., Sharp, C., and Jones, J (2015) Supporting the relationship Between Mothers and Children in the Aftermath of Domestic Violence, in Stanley, N and Humphreys, C (eds)  Domestic Violence and Protecting Children, New Thinking and Approaches, Jessica Kingsley, London

Sharp, C (2014) Creating a community of reflective practice – supporting children and mothers in recovery from domestic abuse in Stern, T., Rauch, F., Schuster, A., and Townsend, A (Eds), Promoting Change Through Action Research: Current Trends In Education, Social Work Health Care And Community Development,  Sense

Sharp, C (2005) Housing Conditions in the 21st Century: no room for complacency, in Dorling, D., Ford, J., Holmans, A., Sharp, C., Thomas, B., and Wilcox, S The Great Divide: an analysis of housing inequality, London: Shelter, July

Book reviews

Sharp, C. (2019) Book review of Action learning and action research: genres and approaches, Action Learning: Research and Practice, DOI: 10.1080/14767333.2019.1655974

Sharp, C (2016) Book review of The sage encyclopedia of action research, Action Learning: Research and Practice

Sharp, C (2015) Book Review of Klev, R and Levin, M. (2012) Participative transformation learning and development in practising change, in Action Learning: Research and Practice, Volume 12, Issue 2, May 2015