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)]

To join the Participatory Communication Research Section, login to your account and select My Sections and Working Groups from the menu. A number of IAMCR sections and working groups send notices and other information exclusively to their members. IAMCR members can join up to three sections or working groups.

Click on the link to subscribe to the PCR Section's mailing list: On this page, you can add your email address. You will then receive an email with a password, which you can enter on the same page to finalize your subscription to the PCR newsletter. If you want to contact the PCR section, email us at pcr.secretariat [at]

November 2019 PCR Section Newsletter
News from the IAMCR Participatory Communication Research Section (PCR)
November 2019 PCR Section newsletter
The Participatory Communication Research Section (PCR) explores the theory and practice of participatory communication, and has played an important role as a platform for new thinking.
The PCR Section welcomes its new secretary, Filip Šourek, who will assist the Section management in running the PCR Section.
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; an
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.
NEWS FROM THE IAMCR Participatory Communication Research Section (PCR)
June 2019 PCR Section newsletter
The Participatory Communication Research Section is organising a PCR Section get-together at the end of the first day of the Madrid conference.
This get-together will take place on Monday, 8 July 2019, in the Beer & Grill restaurant, at 18:45.
The address and website of the restaurant are:
Beer & Grill
Calle de almansa, 105 - 28040 Madrid
NEWS FROM THE IAMCR Participatory Communication Research Section (PCR)
The PCR section also requests motivated individuals to volunteer as Language Facilitators for the PCR Section’s panels during the Madrid conference.