Recent Articles


Collaborative research for justice and multi-issue movement building: Challenging discriminatory policing, school closures, and youth unemployment
Ronald David Glass, Brett G. Stoudt
This special issue engages ethical, epistemic, political, and institutional issues in projects of collaborative research for justice that were designed with movements contesting policing, school closures, and youth disinvestment and unemployment. Three of the articles were collaboratively written by activists and scholars who drew from movements that deployed research for community-driven...

Collaborative research and multi-issue movement building for educational justice: Reflections on the Urban Research Based Action Network (URBAN)
Mark R. Warren, Ronald David Glass
Two long-time scholar-activists reflect on a distinctive approach to research that they call collaborative research for justice, research that is conducted with community leaders and education activists to advance equity and social justice. They argue that by linking research directly with action this kind of research has the power to speak directly to the current crises not only in education,...

Amplifying youth voice and cultivating leadership through participatory action research
Rachele Gardner, William M. Snyder, Ayda Zugay
This article presents the story of Youth Hub, a grassroots, neighborhood-based initiative in Boston, Massachusetts, highlighting its use of participatory action research (PAR) to amplify youth voice, cultivate leadership, and promote change. The article includes an explanation of the need from which Youth Hub emerged; a discussion of Youth Hub’s use of PAR, including benefits and challenges of...

Community-engaged research through the lens of school closures: Opportunities, challenges, contributions, and lingering questions
Claudette Agard, Zakiyah Ansari, Jerusha Conner, Barbara Ferman, Liza N. Pappas, Jessica Shiller
This article expands upon and problematizes the practice of community-engaged research (CES) through the lens of school closings. Rather than employ a one-dimensional view of CES that portrays university researchers and community partners as collaborating equally on all stages of the research, we suggest a broader, more flexible understanding that incorporates various contextual factors....

Researching at the community-university borderlands: Using public science to study policing in the South Bronx
Brett G. Stoudt, María Elena Torre, Paul Bartley, Evan Bissell, Fawn Bracy, Hillary Caldwell, Lauren Dewey, Anthony Downs, Cory Greene, Jan Haldipur, Scott Lizama, Prakriti Hassan, Einat Manoff, Nadine Sheppard, Jacqueline Yates
This article is a case study of the Morris Justice Project (MJP), a participatory action research (PAR) study in a South Bronx neighborhood of New York City (NYC) designed to understand residents’ experiences with and attitudes towards the New York Police Department (NYPD). An illustration of public science, the research was conducted in solidarity with an emerging police reform movement and...

Research, action, activism: Critical solidarities & multi-scalar powers
Celina Su
In this essay, I draw upon my work with the Urban Research Based Action Network (URBAN) to argue for several key principles in research for social justice: reflexivity, especially regarding our work in fraught academic institutions, and engaging multiple ways of knowing. These principles are essential to forming critical solidarities across constituencies, to recognizing and addressing issues...

Reading practices in a male penitentiary: Access, repression and senses
Wemberson José de Souza, Maria Celeste Reis Fernandes de Souza
This article has as a matter of concern the defense of the right to education to the people in situation of imprisonment, and it proposes to discuss practices of reading of men, students of the Education of Young and Adult People, in a masculine penitentiary. As a theoretical and analytical reference, studies of the field of literacy and authors focusing on territory are mobilized. The research...

Adult Education in the pedagogical spaces of Community Intervention
Nuno Fraga, Gorete Pereira, Glória Gonçalves
This paper aims to problematize adult education in non-formal learning environments. An analysis of the policies of adult education and training in Portugal is presented, highlighting at local level the potential for personal, social and emancipation intervention practices developed in Community Intervention contexts and associated to the dimension of Lifelong Learning. The participatory action...

video commentaries