Norma Romm is an international SDDP pioneer. She has published seven books and co-edited books on issues including accountability in social research, social theory and critical systems thinking. Norma has developed a critic about the role of SDDP Facilitators. She has also written a review on Aleco Christakis and Ken Bausch book Harnessing Collective Wisdom.
Norma is serving as a Systems Design Mentor for the Reinventing Democracy in the Digital Era project funded by the UNDEF.
Norma is a professor in the Department of Adult Basic Education and Youth Development, University of South Africa. She is the author of The Methodologies of Positivism and Marxism (Macmillan, 1991), Accountability in Social Research (Springer, 2001), New Racism (Springer, 2010), Responsible Research Practice (Springer, 2018), People’s Education in Theoretical Perspective (with V. McKay, Longman, 1992), Diversity Management (with R. Flood, Wiley, 1996), and Assessment of the Impact of HIV and AIDS in the Informal Economy of Zambia (with V. McKay, ILO, 2008). She has co-edited five books—Social Theory (with M. Sarakinsky, Heinemann, 1994), Critical Systems Thinking (with R. Flood, Plenum, 1996), Balancing Individualism and Collectivism (with J. McIntyre-Mills & Y. Corcoran-Nantes, Springer, 2017); Mixed Methods and Cross-Disciplinary Research (with J. McIntyre-Mills, Springer, 2019); Democracy and Governance for Resourcing the Commons (with J. McIntyre-Mills & Y. Corcoran-Nantes, Springer, 2019) — and published more than 100 research articles. She has worked on a range of research projects aimed at increasing equity for organizations such as the ILO, ADEA, IOM, and UNESCO.