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Palgrave Macmillan Seeks Contributors to Book Series Edited by Bryer

Monday, January 09, 2017

BooksHave you studied the partnerships between universities and their local communities? If so, you may want to contribute your research to Palgrave Macmillan's forthcoming book series that will be edited by Associate Professor Thomas Bryer.

The series, "Rethinking University and Community Policy Connections," will include books from scholars, practitioners and 'prac-ademics' from around the globe on policy and management issues pertaining to the partnerships between universities and nonprofit organizations, nongovernmental organizations, governments and businesses.

From the Palgrave Macmillan flier:

"Such partnerships afford unique opportunities to transform practice, develop innovation, incubate entrepreneurship, strengthen communities, and transform lives. Yet such potential is often not realized due to bureaucratic, cultural, or legal barriers erected between higher education institutions and the wider community. The global experience is common, though the precise mechanisms that prevent university-community collaboration or that enable successful and sustainable partnership vary within and across countries. Books in the series will facilitate dialogue across country experiences, help identify cross-cutting best practices, and to enhance the theory of university-community relations."

Bryer is co-editing the series with Professor John Diamond of Edge Hill University, where Bryer is a visiting scholar. Other co-editors include Carolyn Kagan, a professor at Manchester Metropolitan University, and Jolanta Vaičiūnienė of Kaunas University of Technology, who is also a visiting scholar for the Center of Public and Nonprofit Management.

The first book in the series is titled "Promoting Civic Health through University-Community Partnerships," and is authored by Bryer and Ashley Connors, a student in the Doctoral Program of Public Affairs - Public Administration Track. Is it expected to be released in 2018.

To submit a proposal to the series, please contact Palgrave Macmillan editor Jemima Warren at or contact Bryer at for more information.

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