Merler, Alberto and Vargiu, Andrea (2008) On the diversity of actors involved in community-based participatory action research. In: Community-University Partnerships: Connecting for Change: proceedings of the 3rd International Community-University Exposition (CUexpo 2008), May 4-7, 2008, Victoria, Canada. Victoria, University of Victoria. p. 189-193. Conference or Workshop Item.
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The following considerations arise from confrontations among the researchers involved in activities carried out by the FOIST Laboratory for Social Policies and Formative Processes, directed by Prof. Alberto Merler: a laboratory of the Department of Economy, Institutions and Society (DEIS) in the University of Sassari (Italy). In 2007, the FOIST Laboratory commemorated the thirtieth anniversary of its existence. Activities carried out throughout the years are most diverse as to the social contexts, aims, contents and methods. In spite of that diversity, documentation, research, interventions and promotional activities have always been inspired by the idea that University ought to be useful to the territory and its people, possibly working with the people . That idea being contagious, a corresponding organisation in Japan – FOIST-Nippon – has been created by Professor Michinobu Niihara (who’s presently working at Yokohama University) at the University of Chuo. Thus, a great variety of experiences inspire the following notes which will necessarily be schematic and not exhaustive. Nonetheless, the main action research experiences which inspire the following notes are reported in Borrelli-Vargiu (1998), Vargiu (1999 and 2000), Chessa-Deriu (2003), (Deriu, 2006). At present another project is being run along with local authorities and social operators on socio-sanitary services, socioeconomic exclusion and consumption: “Marginality and autonomy: consumptions, rights, composite identities”.
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