Welcome to our latest volume of Gateways. Over the past eight years of publishing this journal, we have been constantly impressed by the calibre, complexity and ambition of the work under discussion. This volume is no different. Just two examples: the article by Jones et al. explores a long-term, multi-pronged and multi-party collaboration that is delivering real health and education outcomes to children in remote New South Wales, Australia; while Saylors et al. provide a detailed account of their innovative efforts involving various levels of government, rural communities and public health and animal health institutions to better understand human-animal disease transmission in Vietnam. Also noteworthy in this collection is the strong social justice aims of much of the research - from work with the homeless sector in Canada to youth leadership initiatives in Michigan, USA.
Gateways' seventh volume features articles that were originally presented at CU Expo 2013: Engaging Shared Worlds. This international conference is designed to showcase the best practices in community-university partnerships worldwide, and create opportunities for innovative and successful collaborations. This volume of Gateways demonstrates the creative and innovative ways in which academic researchers and knowledgeable community groups can work together to produce results that are important and useful to community, academics and policy makers. Many of the articles included here are co-authored, ensuring that partnership remains the hallmark of the research, right through to dissemination of results.
This volume of Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement features articles notable for the complexity of the collaborative work described, as well as a fine-grained attentiveness to questions of perspective, participation and governance. Methodologically, a number of different approaches are explored: service-learning for teachers of English Language Learners; the application of managerial quantitative research techniques in severely resource-constrained Bolivia; the how and what of participatory action learning and action research (PALAR); and the potential for a needs and readiness assessment to lay the foundations for successful university-community collaboration. We are also pleased to include a taste of activities occurring in Asia with three articles examining the development and implementation of university-community engagement in two Hong Kong universities. We look forward to seeing the further development and reporting of university-community engagement in Asia.
The fifth volume of Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement is testament to the breadth and excellence of engaged research occurring today. A number of articles in this volume examine the potential – and challenges – for using the cultural industries and the creative economy generally as a stimulus for urban regeneration – spatially, economically, socially. Case studies look in detail at a number of ex-industrial hubs struggling to renew and reinvigorate themselves: Wollongong, Australia; Woodstock, Cape Town; south London, UK; and Salford, UK. The two UK practice-based articles make for an interesting contrast in scale: the former looks at 10 years of the Tate Modern 'project' of massive urban renewal in south London, the latter explores how the simple act of retrieving and documenting material remnants from decades of urban demolition in Salford, UK, can help reconnect local communities. Elsewhere, both methodology and theory are under scrutiny – in particular, a number of articles discuss just why we 'do' engagement: exploring issues of transformational change, social experience and the need for reflexivity.
Gateways is pleased to publish its fourth volume, a special edition on the theme of ‘Sustaining community-university partnerships’. It is the result of a collaboration between Gateways and the University of Brighton Community University Partnership Programme (Cupp), and is guest edited by Professor Angie Hart and Simon Northmore of Cupp. Gathered together in this volume are articles from around the world, reflecting on projects and partnerships big and small, young and more established. The articles provide us with a wealth of detailed material and identify some important characteristics of sustainable community-university partnership working, often in the context of socioeconomic disadvantage. The commitment, creativity and ingenuity on display in these articles suggests that there are many reasons for optimism when reflecting on the sustainability of community-university partnerships.
Welcome to the third volume of Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement, a joint initiative of the Shopfront at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), and the Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) at Loyola University, Chicago. This volume demonstrates the rich diversity of the work being undertaken in the area of community engagement as well as the ongoing reflection that accompanies such work. Included are articles that examine the challenges and opportunities of methodological practices such as participatory action research (PAR), while others explore the complex nature of engaged work ‘at the coalface’. Questions are raised about the various players in community-university engagement; in particular a number of articles examine the role of universities as ‘agents of change’ or intermediaries, capable of harnessing partnerships and public participation for positive action. Also explored are issues around the compatibility of learning from community-engagement versus traditional educational approaches in tertiary institutions.
Welcome to the second volume of Gateways, which is a special issue edited by Martin Hall, Judy Favish, Janice McMillan and Sonwabo Ngcelwane. The volume looks at the various ways social responsiveness is being addressed at the University of Cape Town.
Welcome to Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement, a joint initiative of the Shopfront at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and the Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) at Loyola University, Chicago. This inaugural issue demonstrates the diversity of the work being undertaken in the area of community engagement. We look forward to developing an international dialogue in this emerging field.