Special Issue of Social Sciences on “New Trends in Community-Engaged Research: Co-Producing Knowledge for Justice”

Special Issue Editors:
Steven McKay, University of California, Santa Cruz
Claudia Maria López, California State University, Long Beach

There is an exciting resurgence in critical public scholarship: a push for universities to reach beyond their academic audiences and build stronger partnerships with community-based organizations and others to address pressing social issues (Burawoy 2006, Hartmann 2017). A particularly rich vein of engaged scholarship is the involvement of students and community partners as equal knowledge producers. The special issue brings together university scholars, community-based practitioners and researchers, and undergraduate and graduate students to highlight new trends in community-engaged research. We seek articles that center community-engaged work on justice-related issues such as: immigrant rights, housing, labor, education, and schools – magnifying the multiple assets and collective power that diverse scholars and community-based practitioners bring to collective approaches, particularly in growing urban spaces. The special issue will be split into two sections: articles about the process of conducting community-engaged scholarship – its theory, methods, epistemology, ethics; and articles drawing from community-engaged research projects.

Submission timeline:

  • Abstract deadline (no more than 500 words): June 15, 2021
  • If invited, full paper deadline: September 15, 2021 – detailed manuscript submission information to be sent upon abstract acceptance
  • Expected publication of Special Issue: April, 2022

All submissions will undergo standard procedures of double-blind peer review.

If you are interested in submitting a paper to the special issue, please submit an abstract to Steve McKay (smckay@ucsc.edu) and Claudia López (claudia.lopez2@csulb.edu).

For more information, please contact the special issue editors.