Why Research for All? What does it do for
academia? And what does it does it do for wider communities?
for All was born out of a UK initiative that
brought together enthusiasts from different universities and different academic
disciplines. While each team was creating a culture of public engagement in
their own university we were also developing ideas for an international
journal. We brought together a range of people involved in engaged scholarship,
including academics, professional service staff, and community organisations to
frame the initial ideas for the journal. Our collective vision is a journal
that encourages universities and communities and other organisations to do
research together, and make use of the findings, to take seriously how this
changes what we can learn together, the new insights that can be inspired, and
to study how to do engaged research more effectively.
for All had a long gestation, with discussions
nationally then internationally. Those early conversations developed a vision
for a journal with a high profile and academic credibility that: improves
society through engaged research; improves practice by providing a space to
share ideas; models engagement with its content and processes; and engages strategic leaders, research funders and policy makers
to change the culture of universities.
you have any ties with Canada?
One of the journal partners is the National
Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE), who have a long standing
relationship with colleagues championing community engaged research in Canada
which helped shape our initial ideas for the journal. In addition, in 2015,
well before our first issue, we took this conversation to the C2UEXPO
Conference in Ottawa and came away enthused by Canadians leading the field in
community-based research and service learning.
We are privileged to have on our advisory
board, Budd Hall from University of Victoria, and UNESCO co-chair in
Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education, and his
co-chair, Rajesh Tandon from the Society for Participatory Research in Asia, who
co-authored our first published article.[i]
This provided the rationale for the journal – the value of understanding
different knowledge systems and the importance of community-based participatory
Our Canadian editors illustrate the breadth
of interests expressed in the journal. Janet Jull, at Queens University in
Ontario, develops and evaluates approaches and tools for shared decision making
in partnerships with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. Crystal
Tremblay, at University of Victoria, uses participatory video and arts-based
methods for creative citizen engagement and the co-creation of knowledge
leading to environmental and social equity.
We’re delighted to have published
contributions from other Canadians about scaling up community-based research[ii]
and about knowledge brokering.[iii]
does Research for All hope to achieve
for community-based research?
Nearly half the papers we publish have
authors from outside of academia, usually writing with their academic partners.
They come from advocacy and support groups, schools or further education, support
services, theatre, local TV, commercial enterprises, museums and government. They
include teachers, school students, patients/ health service users, policy
makers, freelance participation practitioners and independent researchers. That
makes Research for All a great place
to hear from community members and those working with them and with academia,
and for finding inspiration and sharing lessons about community-based research.
Attracting such a range of contributors
allows our editorials for each issue to reflect on the field as a whole. So far
we’ve explored motivations and conducive conditions for community-based
research, , ways of sharing research and experience through the written word
and face-to-face conversations, the importance of time and relationships, and
the added value of engaging communities with research across the whole field.
We see Research
for All as a forum for studying, celebrating and advancing community-based
Research for All is based in the UK and supported by:
UCL Institute of Education, which
has a mission rooted in a commitment to social justice, and is a cornerstone
of public engagement with research, part of University College London, a
diverse intellectual community, engaged with the wider world and committed to
changing it for the betterthe National Co-ordinating
Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE), which is internationally recognized for
its work supporting and inspiring universities to change perspectives,
promote innovation, and nurture and celebrate excellence.
The journal is fully open access, free to write for and free to
read. See: https://www.ucl-ioe-press.com/research-for-all/
[i] Hall, B.L. and Tandon, R. (2017)
‘Decolonization of knowledge, epistemicide, participatory research and higher
education’. Research for All, 1 (1), 6–19. DOI 10.18546/RFA.01.1.02.
[ii] Elson, P.R., Wamucii, P. and Hall, P.V. (2018) ‘Scaling up
community-based research: A case study’. Research
for All, 2 (2): 374–392. DOI https://doi.org/10.18546/RFA.02.2.14
[iii] Phipps, D.J., Brien, D., Echt, L.,
Kyei-Mensah, G. and Weyrauch, V. (2017) ‘Determinants of successful knowledge
brokering: A transnational comparison of knowledge intermediary organizations’.
Research for All, 1 (1), 185–97.