Call for Submissions: Handbook on Participatory Action Research and Community Development – Sep 10

Posted by Edward Elgar Publishing on July 30, 2019

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Edited by Randy Stoecker, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Adrienne Falcón, Metro State University

In what ways is participatory action research (PAR) important to the success of community development (CD)? What are the best strategies for combining the two practices? We are seeking proposals for articles about the intersection of CD and PAR. Articles can be theoretical, conceptual, or analyses of projects combining CD and PAR.

To learn more, or to submit a proposal, please send an abstract of 250-500 words to either Randy Stoecker at or Adrienne Falcón at by September 10, 2019.

About the Collection

As much as the literature on PAR expands, we still do not know much about how to best link participation, research, and action for maximum impact. Similarly, in the field of CD, we lack an understanding of the role that knowledge production plays in developing communities. This volume will simultaneously address those two gaps.

We are seeking original papers from all parts of the globe and, consequently, are using definitions of PAR and CD that are inclusive of global south and global north practices. We use PAR as a generic term for all research that is guided by and generates knowledge for use by civil society groups or organizations or local community projects. It includes practices that go under many other names. We use CD as an inclusive term for projects focused on the physical, cultural, environmental, and social development of rural and urban communities that are led by community members.

The ideal paper will be about 10,000 words (inclusive of references, tables, etc.) and will tell the story of how CD and PAR have come together to improve communities, discussing both outcomes as well as processes. Papers need not be empirical, but all papers (including conceptual and theoretical papers) need to be accessible to a wide audience. We welcome papers written by activists, practitioners, community members, and academics. Contributing authors will be asked to submit a full draft by February 1, 2020, with a final draft due in fall of 2020. Authors will also peer review each other’s work.

If you are interested, please submit a 250-500 word abstract that fully summarizes your proposed paper to Randy or Adrienne by September 10, 2019. This is a firm deadline and we will expect authors to meet all deadlines throughout the process.

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