The Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) fosters community university partnerships that aim to promote the principles and practices of civic engagement and democracy.

Community Based Research Book Launch

December 15th Book Launch - Higher Education and Community-Based Research - Creating a Global Vision

Monday, December 15, 2014 at the Royal Irish Academy Dublin 10am to 11.30am

The book - Higher Education and Community-Based Research - Creating a Global Vision - published by Palgrave Macmillan New York is co-edited by two Campus Engage Steering Committee members, Co-Chair Ronaldo Munck and PI Lorraine McIllrath, along with UNESCO Co-Chairs Budd Hall and Rajesh Tandon.

Network members Catherine Bates, Kenneth Burns, Ann Lyons, Padraig Murphy, Lorraine McIlrath and Emma McKenna have also co-authored a chapters on emerging Irish policy and practice.

The book will be launched in the Royal Irish Academy on Monday 15th December from 10am - 11.30am, followed by the Campus Engage Steering committee meeting.

The book, published by Palgrave Macmillan, describes, analyses, and points a way forward for the field of community-based research as practiced within higher education. It sets the historical background for current debates and engages the leaders in this field to create an imagination-driven agenda for transformation. It surveys the rich experience of community-based research participants across countries and regions, stressing both the diversity of these experiences and their common themes. Finally, it sets forth visions of how higher education and community-based research can together move forward, to the benefit of all society.

About the Editors:

Ronaldo P. Munck is Head of Civic Engagement, President's Office, Dublin City University, Ireland.

Lorraine McIlrath is Community Knowledge Initiative Coordinator & Academic Staff Developer at National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland.

Budd Hall is Professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria, Canada, with cross-appointment in the Department of Anthropology, and is Senior Associate at the Centre for Global Studies.

Rajesh Tandon is President, Society for Participatory Research in Asia, India and Co-Chair, UNESCO Chair for Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education.


"Backed by a wealth of information and new research findings, this compilation is a tour de force that has the potential to innovatively disrupt higher education worldwide. Higher education is experiencing a transformative change engaging the community. Through the diverse range of community-based research and experiences expound by the authors, readers will discover refreshing ideas relevant for navigating these changes. Highly recommended!" - Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, President, International Association of Universities, France; Honorary Professor, University of Nottingham, UK, and Muhammad Yassin Chair of Leadership, Islamic Science University of Malaysia

"This is an important contribution to providing a theoretical and conceptual frame for better understanding the complexities of community based research in different countries and institutional contexts. The authors do not shy away from grappling with the challenges and risks inherent in bringing community based research from the periphery into the mainstream of university research." Nasima Badsha, Chief Executive Officer, Cape Higher Education Consortium, South Africa