About the Series

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The Cultural Animation and Social Innovation Working Paper Series is a peer-reviewed collection of work that aims to:

  • provide the materials for new debates and discussions within the field of community research and engagement by making content freely available online to all members of CASIC and all other visitors to our website;
  • present rigorous research, work in progress and multi-format work that has been subjected to peer review and comment within CASIC;
  • promote scholarly writing (or other forms of publication) such that content can be cited, revised and discussed after submission for publication elsewhere.

We respectfully ask that when cited elsewhere for the purposes of research, CASIC Working Papers should be acknowledged. If you are interested in further publishing rights to any of the papers please get in touch with the author or authors directly or by contacting Lindsay Hamilton on l.hamilton@keele.ac.uk.

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Call for Contributions

The purpose of the Community Animation and Social Innovation Centre, CASIC, Working Paper series is to create a space for new thinking on collaborative, interdisciplinary and co-produced research to emerge and take shape. It intends to be a friendly, open space to disseminate, circulate and discuss continuing research in the field of Community Animation, Creative Methods and Social Innovation across social and professional borderlines. The aim is to encourage conversation and debate about new work, stimulating a lively exchange of ideas within the field as well as enhancing networking and potential cooperation among researchers, thinkers and practitioners from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Working Papers are invited on a number of themes which might include: Cultural Animation, drama and artistic work as knowledge-making

  • How research methods evolve and are shaped by social worlds
  • Social policy, community activism and engagement projects and experiments
  • Contemporary social change, anxieties and problems: energy and food shortage, ageing, exclusion, violence and crime.  
  • Analysing participation, equality, dignity within historical context
  • Mapping theoretical contributions to tackling ‘real world’ problems or situations

Papers can be written in a variety of ways, for example as ‘short communications’ (reports or updates from particular events, for example), as research papers, as empirical accounts or artistic/alternative forms such as short stories, audio visual and musical media or poems.
Submitted papers need not be confined to topics within a specific field of academic research and may be inter-disciplinary. Empirical, theoretical as well as practitioner and policy-oriented contributions are welcome. Submitted papers are subject to a screening process to ensure the general quality of the paper. There will be a refereeing process within CASIC which is designed to provide helpful feedback and to foster discussion among members of the Centre. It is hoped that this system will encourage suggestions for revision and development before publication on the website. We are especially keen to reach career-young researchers and independent scholars who are interested in feedback and discussion previous to a possible publication in a scholarly journal.
If you are interested in publishing your working paper on this website, please send a proof-read copy of your paper to Dr. Lindsay Hamilton, the chief editor for the series on l.hamilton@keele.ac.uk

Copyright and citation: While CASIC Working Papers are the property of the Centre and should not be reproduced in any other format, publication as a CASIC working paper does not preclude revision or development for publication in another forum. The Working Papers will be freely available on the website to members of the Centre as well as visitors but should not be re-sold. When cited elsewhere for the purposes of research, CASIC Working Papers should be acknowledged.

Accepted file formats for text contributions are .pdf and .doc (or .docx), in English. Media contributions are welcome in standards media formats such as WAV, AIFF, MOV, AVI.
Word-limit: Short communications – in the range of 2500-5000 words, Research Papers – 8000 words, Empirical papers - 10,000 words (to allow for case study or data material). No upper limit for artistic/poetic publications or any other creative media.

Please also indicate: your affiliation and contact details, and a short biography.

Working Papers





The Role of Creative Methods in Re-defining the Impact Agenda

Mihaela Kelemen and Lindsay Hamilton

CWPS0002 Collaborative research for sustainability: an inside-out design manifesto

Gemma Burford

CWPS0003  The Plastic Ceiling Project  Sarah Misra
CWPS004    Worthwhile Activities or Just Arting About? Draw your own Conclusions. Jeanette Fanthome
CWPS005 Catharsis through Theatre: Creative Methods of Engagement Helen Millward                                 
CWPS006    Kneading Volunteers Xiaoyu Lei