International Journal of Community Research and Engagement

Posted by on July 21, 2008

A new journal is being published by the UTS Shopfront at the University of Technology, Sydney and the Centre for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) at Loyola University in Chicago.  Please see below for a description from the journal website.  For more details, including instructions for authors, visit

Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement is concerned with the practice and processes of community engagement: with ideas as to what constitutes engagement between universities and communities, with the theories and policies which enable community engagement and with the possibilities for sustainable collaborations and outcomes. The journal provides a forum for scholars, community partners and policymakers to discuss experiences and aspirations for collaborations between universities and communities.

Gateways provides a forum for academics, practitioners and community representatives to pursue issues and reflect on practices related to interactions between tertiary institutions and community organisations; academic interventions in community; community-based projects with links to the tertiary sector and community initiatives. The journal publishes evaluative case studies of community engagement initiatives, analyses of the policy environment and theoretical reflections that contribute to the scholarship of engagement.

Contributions will be either fully peer-reviewed articles or non peer-reviewed. Authors will be asked to nominate their category of contribution. Issues canvassed will include but not be confined to: universities and community engagement; partnerships involving university and/or community and/or non-government organisations (NGOs) and/or government; research and curriculum development; engaged teaching and learning; community engagement theory.

The journal addresses community engagement occurring across scholarly disciplines and at all levels of community, including: engaging diverse communities in capacity building initiatives, including young people, older people, people with a disability, Indigenous communities, and culturally diverse and interfaith communities; health promotion and capacity building; community cultural development (CCD); rural regeneration; housing and neighbourhood renewal; information technology (IT) and public participation; collaborative design and community safety; the environment and natural resource management; corporate social responsibility; social enterprise and social entrepreneurship; triple bottom line accounting (measuring economic, environmental and social outcomes). The journal also aims to engage academics and policymakers more fully with the concerns of the community and community engagement. It also seeks to articulate creative tensions between theory and practice.

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