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Practitioner Research Chair

OCMS offers a unique approach to knowledge which is embedded in practice and experience whilst motivated to contribute and promote real changes in other’s lives. Doctoral students do most of their research and field-work in their home countries where they carefully identify contextual and critical problems. Through guidance and supervision in practitioner research, they design and implement actions and evaluate solutions that lead to concrete change their local situations.

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Dr. Bill Prevette tutoring students


At OCMS, the Chair of Practitioner Research tutors doctoral research. Dr. Bill Prevette maintains that academic practice should not be separated and stuck in abstract thinking, but in permanent engagement with communities and institutions where academic research and practical involvement is seminal in the promotion of wellbeing and sustainable development. Dr. Prevette has recently been asked to work with OCMS to develop the funding for a formal research chair in Practitioner Research. OCMS is seeking to endow the Practioner Research Chair in the amount £25,000 annually over the next five years. Donations of any size, regular or one-off, will make it possible to continue this vital work. We are dependent on gifts from people like you to keep this effective work growing. If you are interested in supporting this endowment, please contact our Development Officer, Nadine Woods, by email at nwoods@ocms.ac.uk.

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Jennifer Singh (left) and Melody Wachsmuth (right) are PhD students who are working with Dr Prevette from the practitioner research approach.


Student blog

Terry Garde - Kenya Fieldwork Diary

Jeremiah Johnston (OCMS Alumnus)

Flora and the OCMS family

Usha Reifsnider

Interfaith and International Vigil for Peace

Worku Mohammed

Anonymous Student - This student wishes to remain anonymous due to the sensitive situation he currently works in

Student blog

Students are encouraged to submit blog entries for this space, either about their time in residence in Oxford, or their work in the field, or their life outside of OCMS.