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March 23, 2018

CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS for The Research Handbook on Community Development



Contracted with Edward Elgar Publishing, Ltd. (UK), www.e-elgar.com, The Handbook will present community development research as well as practice applications. This edited volume with all new material is planned at 24 – 26 chapters of original work focused on presenting both traditional as well as emerging research approaches for gauging community development processes, outcomes, and impacts at the local and regional levels. Chapter authors are invited from around the globe, providing a variety of techniques, practices, and perspectives.


There are three major parts to the volume: Part I, foundations (theoretical basis of community development including from sociological, economic, and ecological perspectives, along with introduction and overview of research approaches). Part II is research methods and frameworks (applications in community development) - proposals are sought on a wide range of applications, such as regional assessment, community indicators, ecological or sociological constructs, economic techniques, information and other technologies, participatory action research, etc.  In part III, emerging constructs and the future of community development research will be explored; topics around emerging technologies or perspectives are welcome.


Proposals are sought for all sections. Please submit your chapter proposal to Rhonda Phillips at: rphillips@purdue.edu. Proposals should include your proposed title, an abstract for the chapter, and your contact information, and short (½ page) biography. The format for the volume will be APA style. Anticipated publication date is in 2019. The due date for proposals is May 15, 2018 (decisions on proposals will be sent by June 1 and full chapters due by September 15, 2018). Chapter authors receive a copy of the book, once published.



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