Integrally Researching Integral Research
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In this article, Integral Research is engaged as both meta-methodological injunction and object of inquiry. My aim in doing so is to highlight ways in which applied methodological self- reﬂection might serve to 1) illumine areas of Integral Research in need of clariﬁcation and develop- ment and 2) disclose provisional perspectives on, and thereby help to enact, the optimal evolution of the ﬁeld. With respect to methodology, I made use of informal ﬁrst-, second-, and third-person methods. My ﬁrst-person methods included reﬂective inquiry relative to the research question, as well as reﬂexive epistemological inquiry into the structures of my own awareness as a researcher. My second-person research made use of dialogical “interviews” with a number of leading scholar- practitioners in the ﬁeld. My third-person research consisted of an online empirical survey of the Integral Research community. Key aspects of my data were then asystematically interwoven into a number of reﬂections on the state and future of the ﬁeld. I begin by contextualizing Integral Re- search in relation to complex, 21st-century planetary challenges. Next, I discuss the current deﬁni- tion of Integral Research, highlighting some of its potential limitations before oﬀering a provisional spectral deﬁnition model. Finally, I discuss the application of Integral principles to the phases of the research process, including research design, data analysis/coding, epistemic reﬂexivity, and meta-validity.