Call for Papers Abstract Deadline: December 9th

Gateways journal is pleased to announce our new themed volume, 'Asset-based community development and community-based research: Compatible agents in equitable and sustainable change?'. Contributors are encouraged to critically and creatively explore the interactions between asset-based and relationship-centred community development approaches and research collaborations. A special invitation has been extended to practitioners, leaders, activists and others to submit their own contributions. A supportive process will be followed, helmed by our guest editors, including SLS Director Jennifer Hirsch, and the Gateways Editorial Committee. Publication is planned for late 2023.

Community-university engaged research has been steadily growing in legitimacy and visibility over the past few decades. Globally, there is now a significant and rich body of evidence attesting to the diversity of collaborative and innovative research initiatives underway in which community partners are rightful and knowledgeable co-investigators, rather than merely research ‘subjects’. A distinct, if aligned evolution can be found within the equally longstanding and diverse field of community development. Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) in particular has emerged as an important framework for bringing a strengths-based and relationship-centred approach to addressing challenges faced by communities and individuals (Kretzmann & McKnight, 1993). ABCD is grounded in the recognition that individuals and community groups, working together and from within the community, have expertise, skills and resources that are essential to effecting positive social change in their local communities (Roy, 2017). Today, ABCD work is prominent among community-based organizations, non-profits, NGOs and funders throughout North America, Europe, Africa, Australia and other parts of the world.

The deadline to submit is December 9th - and we encourage lots of submission from Georgia Tech and our RCE Greater Atlanta partners!  The abstract and a link to the full call can be found HERE.