Special Issue "Engaged Scholarship for Resilient Communities"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 November 2018).
Interests: rural sociology; population and environment; environmental sociology; community engaged scholarship; internal migration; GIS and spatial analysis
Local and community-scale practices show potential for addressing critical social and environmental problems, particularly in the absence of effective state or federal policy and programs. Partnerships between community organizations, policy-makers, and academic groups can both inform community-level solutions and create opportunities for learning and empowerment. Across academic disciplines, engaging communities in research and teaching practices has grown increasingly popular, but these endeavors often go unpublished and receive relatively little peer review or critical analysis.
For this Special Issue, we seek submissions on the analysis or application of community-engaged research promoting community sustainability. The issue aims to: (1) critically evaluate community-engaged research projects, practices, or outcomes; (2) develop or analyze conceptual understandings that guide community-engaged scholarship; or (3) share reflections, lessons learned, best practices, and experiences related to implementing community-engaged research endeavors. We define community-engaged scholarship broadly and will consider papers related to the research-teaching-service nexus using participatory action, citizen science, participatory GIS, community-based participatory scholarship, or other similar approaches where academic groups are engaged in a reciprocal relationship with community partners toward common goals. Accepted papers will directly apply these methods to the goals of improving urban or rural community well-being or otherwise working towards community sustainability, resiliency or policy solutions. Papers that are strictly focused on service learning (without a research imperative) are less appropriate. In particular, we encourage papers focused on addressing issues of environmental or social justice or building resiliency in disadvantaged or underrepresented communities. Articles can be theoretically or empirically driven and should be aimed at a broad, interdisciplinary audience. We welcome papers authored or co-authored by community members, practitioners, students, and faculty.
Prof. Richelle Winkler
Prof. Angie Carter
Manuscript Submission Information
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- engaged scholarship
- participatory research
- action research