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: Jessica Noske-Turner (Loughborough University, London, UK) [Contact]
Co-chair: Lauren Dyll (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa) [Contact]
Vice chair: Aniruddha Jena (Indian Institute of Management Kashipur, India) [Contact]
Vice chair: Amit Verma (Manipal University Jaipur, Rajasthan, India) [Contact]

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PCR Mar '24 Newsletter

The Participatory Communication Research Section regularly issues newsletters with information of interest to its members. The March 2024 issue includes information about the upcoming Section Head elections, IAMCR 2024 keydates and events and a call for abstracts. Read it here.

PCR Jan '24 Newsletter

The Participatory Communication Research Section regularly issues newsletters with information of interest to its members. The January 2024 issue includes information about IAMCR 2024, a call for reviewers, and the upcoming PCR head elections. Read it here.

PCR December '22 Newsletter

The Participatory Communication Research Section regularly issues newsletters with information of interest to its members. The December 2022 issue includes calls for papers for IAMCR 2023 and for a special issue of Conjunctions Journal, and season´s greetings from the section´s head.

PCR June '22 Newsletter

The Participatory Communication Research Section regularly issues newsletters with information of interest to its members. The June 2022 issue focuses on the upcoming conference IAMCR Beijing 2022, with information about submissions and a special session on China that the section is organising.

PCR January '22 Newsletter

The Participatory Communication Research Section regularly issues newsletters with information of interest to its members. The January 2022 issue includes a reminder about the abstract deadline for IAMCR Beijing 2022, a call for reviewers for the IAMCR Beijing 2022 abstracts, and a call to join the PCR Facebook Group.

A new PCR Section Head elected

Today, on 17 July 2020, the results of the PCR Section elections were announced at the IAMCR general assembly.

The two elected PCR co-chairs are Ana Duarte Melo (University of Minho / CECS, Portugal) and Dorismilda Flores-Márquez (Universidad De La Salle Bajío, México).

The four elected PCR vice-chairs are Jonas Agerbæk (Roskilde University, Denmark), Piyu Gong (Jinan University, China), Arun John (University of Hyderabad, India) and Ana Lúcia Nunes de Sousa (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).

How to give feedback at the IAMCR 2020 conference

The IAMCR 2020 conference has opened the online papers segment. This part of the conference is only accessible to members.

All PCR authors have been asked to respond to minimally one paper. Below are the instructions for posting feedback to a paper, for IAMCR members. Co-authors of PCR papers that are not IAMCR members can send their feedback (on the particular paper that they have been emailed) to <>.

Enjoy the conference!

Giving feedback at the PCR panels of IAMCR 2020

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.

The short video also explains how the feedback will be organized, and addresses the CCC model that will be used more in detail, emphasizing that comments should be Courteous, Constructive and Critical.

The video can be viewed here:

Conference report: “Participatory communication and the struggle over human rights”

The PCR Section co-organised the event “Participatory communication and the struggle over human rights”, in collaboration with a range of Brazilian institutions: LCD, the Laboratório de Comunicação Dialógica at UERJ; NUTES, the Institute of Educational Technology for Health at UFRJ; EMERGE, the Research and Production Centre in Communication and Emergence at UFF; and PPGMC, the Postgraduate Program on Media and Everyday Life at UFF.

Programme of "Participatory Communication and the Struggle over Human Rights" ready

The international seminar "Participatory Communication and the Struggle Over Human Rights", co-organised by the PCR Section, will be held from 1 to 2 July 2019.

The programme has been published, and is available for download at… (see also

June 2019 PCR Section Newsletter

NEWS FROM THE IAMCR Participatory Communication Research Section (PCR)

June 2019 PCR Section newsletter









The PCR section also requests motivated individuals to volunteer as Language Facilitators for the PCR Section’s panels during the Madrid conference. As we are finalizing the panel creation — this year we will have 19 conference panels (10 panels in English and 9 panels that are mixed language panels - English & Spanish) are being built on the basis of their thematic affinity, with the aim of bringing together academics and researchers working on the same issues, irrespective of the language of their presentation.

PCR Section completes review for IAMCR 2019

The Participatory Communication Research (PCR) Section is pleased to announce that it has finalized its reviewing process for the annual conference of International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) to be held from 7th to 11th July 2019 in Madrid, Spain. In response to its open call for proposals exploring the theory and practice of participatory communication, the PCR section received 141 proposals for presentations during IAMCR 2019, in the form of individual&nb

PCR review for IAMCR Madrid 2019 on its way

The review of the paper, video and panel submissions has begun. The PCR Section is pleased to report that it received 138 individual paper proposals, 6 video presentation proposals and 4 panel proposals (good for another 19 papers). The Section is using a blind double peer reviewing system, with one review handled by one of our section officials and the second review by one of our 24 external reviewers. We expect to be able to communicate the results of this elaborate on the deadline, which is 28 March 2019.

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