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.

Chair: Nico Carpentier [Contact]
Vice-Chair: Ana Duarte Melo [Contact]
Vice-Chair: Jonas Agerbæk [Contact]
Secretary: Filip Šourek [pcr.secretariat [at] (Contact)]

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The Participatory Communication Research Section invites its members to for a get-together which is organized with a purpose of socializing and celebrating the IAMCR 2020 conference.
The Participatory Communication Research (PCR) Section has released a video to elaborate how the PCR Section sees the process of giving feedback on the work of PCR colleagues at the IAMCR 2020 Online Conference.
News from the IAMCR Participatory Communication Research Section (PCR)
May 2020 PCR Section newsletter
The Participatory Communication Research (PCR) Section will be holding elections up prior to the IAMCR 2020 online conference, and is calling for nominations for the positions of two Co Chairs and four Co Vice-Chairs.
The Participatory Communication Research Section (PCR) has now finished reviewing the abstract submissions for the IAMCR 2020 online activities.
February 2020 PCR Section Newsletter
News from the IAMCR Participatory Communication Research Section (PCR)
February 2020 PCR Section newsletter
January 2020 PCR Section Newsletter
News from the IAMCR Participatory Communication Research Section (PCR)
January 2020 PCR Section newsletter
O volume 36 da revista portuguesa “Comunicação e Sociedade”, intitulada “Resgatar a participação” acaba de ser lançada, em dezembro de 2019.
Volume 36 of the Portuguese journal "Comunicação e Sociedade", entitled “Rescuing participation”, has been published in December 2019.
November 2019 PCR Section Newsletter
News from the IAMCR Participatory Communication Research Section (PCR)
November 2019 PCR Section newsletter