Participatory Communication Research Section

The work that is presented in the Participatory Communication Research Section is not based on any specific definition of participation. Rather, participation is a term used to refer to a number of social and planning processes occurring in many different places and in many different contexts. The Section addresses issues related to communication between community members and other stakeholders that are engaged in processes of social change. The sessions that the Section organizes at the IAMCR conferences are meant to work toward theoretical and methodological clarification. Therefore, both papers and statements discussing theoretical or methodological perspectives and/or documenting specific case studies are welcomed.

Topics cover a wide variety of issues that relate to research in relation to processes of communication that incorporate participation in an intrinsic way. This includes subjects and processes of democratisation, communication and information rights, ICTs for sustainable development, health communication, environmental communication, agricultural extension services, folk media and social movements, communication planning activities and interventions, national and cultural identities, community studies and the relationship between participation, empowerment and gender, community radio and participatory video production, non-formal participatory forms of education, participatory rapid appraisals, participatory action research, and so on.

Co chair: Ana Duarte Melo (University of Minho / CECS, Portugal) [Contact]
Co chair: Dorismilda Flores-Márquez (Universidad De La Salle Bajío, México) [Contact]
Vice chair: Piyu Gong (Jinan University, China) [Contact]
Vice chair: Arun John (University of Hyderabad, India) [Contact]
Vice chair: Ana Lúcia Nunes de Sousa (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) [Contact]

PCR Section contact email: iamcr.pcr [at]

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IAMCR's Participatory Communication Research Section, in cooperation with Jinan University, is offering a PhD Winter School on Participation & Communication at Jinan University in Guangzhou, China from 5-9 December 2016. PhD students in the middle phase of their studies, from all regions of the world are invited to apply.
Participatory Communication Research Section
The Participatory Communication Research section will be holding elections during the IAMCR 2016 conference and is calling for nominations for the positions of chair and cice-chair. The duration of the mandate is four years and the section officers can be reelected to a further term in the same position once.
The Participatory Communication Research Section had a project accepted for funding by the Section and Working Group Project Fund. The GBP 1,000 grant was used to partially fund an IAMCR 2016 pre-conference Communication for development: building knowledge, skills and criticality in the field
The Participatory Communication Research (PCR) section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites submissions of abstracts for papers and panel proposals for the 2016 IAMCR conference to be held from 27-31 July, 2016 at the University of Leicester, in Leicester, UK.
The Participatory Communication Research Section invites submissions of abstracts for papers for the 2015 IAMCR conference to be held from 12-16 July, 2015 at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Montreal, Canada.