Relevant Literature

Spark Literature – Specific literature that has sparked our network’s interest and exploration of Social Transformation through Occupation

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Foundational Concepts       

Laliberte Rudman, D., Pollard, N., Craig, C., Kantartzis, S., Piškur, B., Algado Simó, S., van Bruggen, H. and Schiller, S. (2018). Contributing to social transformation through occupation: Experiences from a think tank, Journal of Occupational Science, DOI: 10.1080/14427591.2018.1538898

Laliberte Rudman, D. (2013). Enacting the critical potential of occupational science: Problematizing the ‘Individualizing of occupation’. Journal of Occupational Science, 20(4), 283-313.

Gerlach, A. J., Teachman, G., Laliberte Rudman, D., Aldrich, R. M. and Huot, S. (2017). Expanding beyond individualism: Engaging critical perspectives on occupation. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 25, 35–43. doi:10.1080/11038128.2017.1327616

Aldrich, R. M. (2018). Strengthening associated living: A Deweyan approach to occupational justice. Journal of Occupational Science, 25(3), 337–345.

Lavalley, R. (2017). Developing the transactional perspective of occupation for communities: “How well are we doing together?” Journal of Occupational Science, 24(4), 458–469.

Farias, L., Laliberte Rudman, D. and Magalhaes, L. (2016). Illustrating the importance of critical epistemology to realize the promise of occupational justice. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 36, 234-243. doi: 10.1177/1539449216665561

Farias, L. and Laliberte Rudman, D. (2019a). Challenges in enacting occupation- based social transformative practices: A critical dialogical study. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 86(3), 243-252.

Farias, L. and Laliberte Rudman, D. (2019b). Practice analysis: Critical reflexivity on discourses constraining socially transformative occupational therapy practices. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 82(11), 693-697.

Frank, G. and Zemke, R. (2009). Occupational therapy foundations for political engagement and social transformation. In N. Pollard and F. Kronenberg (Eds). A political practice of occupational therapy (pp.111-133). London: Elsevier.

Galheigo, S. M. (2011). Occupational therapy in the social field: Concepts and critical considerations. In F. Kronenberg, N. Pollard, and D. Sakellariou (Eds.), Occupational therapies without borders: Towards an ecology of occupation-based practices (Vol. 2, pp. 47–56). Edinburgh, UK: Elsevier Science.

Guajardo, A., Kronenberg, F., and Ramugondo, E. L. (2015). Southern occupational therapies: Emerging identities, epistemologies and practices. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 4(1), 3–10. doi:10.17159/2310- 3833/2015/v45n1a2

Guajardo, A. and Mondaca, M. (2017). Human rights, occupation therapy and the centrality of social practices. In D. Sakellariou and N. Pollard (Eds.), Occupational therapies without borders: Integrating justice with practice (pp.102-108). London: Elsevier.

Ramugondo, E. (2015) Occupational Consciousness, Journal of Occupational Science, 22:4, 488-501

van Bruggen, H. (2011), Eastern European transition countries: capacity development for social reform. In F. Kronenberg, N. Pollard and D. Sakellariou (Eds), Occupational Therapies Without Borders, Volume 2 (pp 295-304) Churchill Livingstone: Elsevier

Watson, R. and Swartz, L. (Eds.). (2004). Transformation through occupation. London, UK: Whurr.

From other disciplines:

Baser, H. and Morgan, P. (2008). Capacity, change and performance study report. ECDPM Discussion Paper 59B.European Centre for Development Policy Management, Maastricht, NL

Bayat, A. (2013). Life as politics: How ordinary people change the Middle East. Stanford University Press.

Lincoln, Y.S. & Cannella, G.S. (2019). Employing critical qualitative inquiry to mount nonviolent resistance. Maine: Myers Education Press.

Loorbach, D. (2014). To Transition, Governance Panarchy in the new Transformation,

Max-Neef, M., Elizalde, A., and Hopenhayn, M. (1992). Development and human needs.

Schürmann, K. (2016) Die Stadt als Community of Practice: Potentiale der nachhaltigkeitsorientierten Transformation von Alltagspraktiken. Das Beispiel Seattle. München: oekom (= Transformationen; 5).

Strasser T, de Kraker J. and Kemp R. (2019). Developing the transformative capacity of social innovation through learning: A conceptual framework and research agenda for the roles of network leadership. Sustainability, 11(5), [1304]

 Positioning Occupational Therapy in the Work

Lopes, R. E., and Malfitano, A. P. S. (2017). Social occupational therapy, citizenship, rights, and policies: Connecting the voices of collectives and individuals. In D. Sakellariou and N. Pollard (Eds.), Occupational therapies without borders: Integrating justice with practice (pp. 245–254). Edinburgh, UK: Elsevier Science.

Pollard, N., Sakellariou, D., and Kronenberg, F. (2008). A political practice of occupational therapy. New York, NY: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier.

Pollard, N. and Sakellariou, D. (2014). The occupational therapist as a political being. Cadernos Brasileiros de Terpia Occupacional – UFSCar, 22, 643-652.

Malfitano, A. P. S., Lopes, R. E., Magalhaes, L., and Townsend, E. A. (2014). Social occupational therapy: Conversations about a Brazilian experience. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 81, 298–307. doi:10.1177/0008417414536712

Richards, L-A. and Galvaan, R (2018). Developing a socially transformative focus in occupational therapy: insight from South African practice. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy. 48(1): 3-8.

Shann, S., Ikiugu, M. N., Whittaker, B., Pollard, N., Kahlin, I….Aoyama, M. (2018). Sustainability matters: Guiding principles for sustainability in occupational therapy practice, education and scholarship. World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Found at

Sakellariou, D. and Pollard, N. (2013). A commentary on the social responsibility of occupational therapy education. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 37, 416–430. doi:10.1080/0309877X.2011.645459

Sakellariou, D. and Pollard, N. (Eds.). (2017). Occupational Therapies Without Borders: Integrating justice with practice. Edinburgh, UK: Elsevier Science. In P. Ekins and M.MaxNeef(eds)Reallife economics: Understanding wealth creation, (pp. 197-213). London: Routledge.

Simó Algado, S. (2012). Terapia Ocupacional eco-social: hacia una ecología ocupacional. Cadernos de Terapia Ocupacional. 20 :7-16.

Simó Algado, S. and Townsend, E. (2015). Eco-social occupational therapy. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 78: 182–186.

Simó Algado, S., Garrido, J. and Geli, M. (2017). La cultura como instrumento de bienestar y participación social. Arte, individuo y sociedad. 29: 57-75.

Considerations for Approaching the Work

Farias, L., Laliberte Rudman, D., Pollard, N., Schiller, S., Serrata Malfitano, A. P., Thomas, K., and van Bruggen, H. (2018). Critical dialogical approach: A methodological direction for occupation based social transformative work. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 1–11. doi:10.1080/11038128.2018.1469666

Galvaan, R., and Peters, L. (2013). Occupation-based community development framework. Retrieved from a468b556ce2/OBCDF/index.html

Whiteford, G. E. and Townsend, E. (2011). Participatory occupational justice framework (POJF 2010): Enabling occupational participation and inclusion. In F. Kronenberg, N. Pollard, and D. Sakellariou (Eds.), Occupational therapies without borders: Towards an ecology of occupation- based practices (Vol. 2, pp. 65–84). Edinburgh, UK: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier.

Stoudt, B. G., Fox, M., & Fine, M. (2012). Contesting privilege with critical participatory action research. Journal of Social Issues, 68(1), 178-193.

Taylor, J., Marais, D. and Kaplan, A. (2005). Action Learning. A Developmental Approach to Change. CDRA Nuggets. Retrieved 05/12, 2011, from

Tennyson, R., (2011). Partnering Toolbook. The International Business Leaders Forum, (IBLF).

Wittmayer, J.M. & N. Schäpke, (2014). Action, Research and Participation: Roles of Researchers in Sustainability Transitions. Sustainability Science, 9(4), 483-496.                                                DOI: 10.1007/s11625-014-0258-4.

Wang, C., Morrel-Samuels, S., Hutchison, P., Bell, L. and Pestronk, R. (2004). Flint Photovoice: Community building among youths, adults and policymakers. American Journal of Public Health, 94(6), 911-913.

Exemplar Documents

Manifesto for transformative social innovation Retrieved 27.05.2020 from

Urban Gardening Manifesto (2014). Retrieved 22.3.2019 from

United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (n.d.). Retrieved 20/03/2019 from

 Foundational Social Theories

Freire, P. (2006). Pedagogy of the Oppressed (30th Anniversary ed.). Continuum.

Burchell, G., Gordon, C., & Miller, P. (eds) (1991). The Foucault effect: Studies in governmentality. University of Chicago Press.

Bourdieu, P. (1977) Outline of a theory of practice (Trans. R. Nice). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Giddens, A, (1984). The Constitution of Society. Polity Press

Dewey, J. (1927). The public and its problems. H. Holt and Company.

Sommer, B. and Welzer H. (2014). Transformationsdesign: Wege in eine zukunftsfähige Moderne. München: oekom (= Transformationen; 1).

Transformative innovation theory, Transit Resources,

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