Janet McIntyre-Mills is Associate Professor at Flinders University and Adjunct Professor at the University of Indonesia. Her praxis as a sociologist /social anthropologist spans over 30 years as an academic, teacher, researcher and community development specialist.McIntyre is on the editorial boards of the following journals: Systemic Practice and Action Research, Systems Research and Behavioural Science, Action Learning and Action Research Journal, Community Quarterly Assoc Prof McIntyre is organizing a joint stream across three research committees at the International Sociological Conference ( ISA)held at Guthenberg Sweden and entitled "Sociology on the Move". 11-17 July, 2010. She was elected to the ISA board of Research Committee 10 on Participation at the ISA conference in Durban in 2006. Her recent books include : 'Systemic Governance and Accountability' and 'User-centric design to meet complex needs'.
2009 Winner of Australian Learning and Teaching (ALTC) Council Award for contributions to teaching and learning. Citation: Enabling postgraduate students to undertake MA and PhD level research by developing their critical thinking skills to inspire creative research design and rigorous analysis.
McIntyre Is interested in ways to enhance democracy and governance for social and environmental justice. She is particularly interested in participatory processes. She is a member of the college of experts as a result of receiving an ALTC citation in 2009 for supervision of PhD students. She is researching critical, systemic approaches to enhance the learning outcomes of diverse MA and PhD students.
My transdisciplinary research spans governance and public policy, public health and cultural studies, ethics and informatics. It addresses the transboundary questions of how to address human wellbeing and security. The research focuses on perceptions of: what will work (and, conversely, what will not work); Why it will work; and How it will work. The discursive democracy process enables the inclusion of both service users and providers and could provide a way enhance service outcomes by narrowing the gap between service users perceived needs and service providers, build capacity and most importantly provide a means to develop evidence based policy and maintain flexibility, examples of research funding include:
: representation and accountability
My research thinking and practice focuses on ways to enhance representation, accountability and sustainability through participatory democracy and govern. The Cophenhagen Climate Change Summit illustrates that even when organisations try to include diverse stakeholders and diverse viewpoints, the challenge remains as to how to include diverse viewpoints. We need to have public meeting spaces that can enable discussions on a regular basis locally, regionally and globally. Brown and Fox (in Edwards and Gaventa eds., 2001) stress that the internet is insufficient to build coalitions. Face to face local communications need to occur horizontally and representatives at regional level need to build face to face coalitions with other representatives and so on. But the internet can provide a means for these face to face links to be scaled up by representatives who act as "boundary spanners" (Christakis and Brahms 2003) because they have trusting relationships with counterparts at the regional and global level. I am interested in addressing the sorts of challenges that will arise when diverse stakeholders engage with one another on complex issues. "Joining up the dots" is more than an intellectual capability, it is a way of life.] How to achieve pluralism and sustainability is the subject of my research on ways to address complex health, housing and social inclusion needs.
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