50 years of the Community Development Journal

CDJ logo50th Anniversary Edition of the Community Development Journal available for FREE until
14th February

For the past 50 years, since 1966, the Community Development Journal (CDJ) has been the foremost journal in its field and remains so today as recognised, among other things, by its current impact factor score of 1.174.


To celebrate this impressive record of publication Oxford University Press (OUP) are proud to publish the 50th Anniversary Issue edited by Mick Carpenter, Akwugo Emejulu and Marilyn Taylor: ‘What’s New and Old in Community Development?‘. The articles in different ways address the legacies of the past and community development’s continuing relevance to  present and future challenges. A central issue addressed is the extent to which neoliberal globalization has in the 21st Century narrowed the scope and possibilities for community development based on principles of social justice and collective change. The articles demonstrate that the potential to subvert neoliberalism remains, and assert the continuing significance of the state as a vehicle for progressive social change.
In addition to the Editorial Introduction by Mick Carpenter, Akwugo Emejulu and Akwugo Emejulu, there are stimulating articles by Marjorie Mayo, Sue Kenny, Akwugo Emejulu and Edward Scanlon, Peter Westoby and Kristen Lyons, Silla Marie March Sievers, Suyoung Kim, Jacob Lesniewski and Ransin Canon, and Jenny Harrow and Tobias Jung. In addition Martin Mowbray reviews Cynthia Cockburn’s Classic Text The Local State and Matthew Scott’s Review article reviews recent texts on wealth and inequality.


“A chance to reassess the relation between the commons and community development”: Kevin Harris on ‘Commons Sense’

Kevin Harris has written an enthusiastic response to the recent Special Supplement on the commons:

“The collection helped me appreciate how so many of the arguments and warnings about threats to the commons were offered by Ivan Illich years ago. It also gives us all a chance to reassess the relation between the commons and community development: could we have the latter without the former?”

You can read more on his blog.

Free Special Supplement: “Commons Sense: New thinking about an old idea”

Commons announcement imageWe’re delighted to announce that articles from the Community Development Journal Special Supplement on “the commons” are freely available for anyone to read on a permanent basis. With contributions from internationally influential scholar-activists, the supplement contains a series of critical reflections on the current blossoming of new interest in this old idea.

The special issue can be found in full on the Oxford University Press website.

Mary McDermott

Learning from The Wealth of the Commons: a review essay
Mae Shaw

The commons, the Battle of the Book and the cracked enclosures of academic publishing
Órla O’Donovan

An Urban Commons? Notes from South Africa
Richard Pithouse

The water is ours damn it! Water commoning in Bolivia
Alexander Dwinell and Marcela Olivera

Playing, praying and preying: cultural clash and paradox in the traditional music commonage
Fintan Vallely

The commons: a brief life journey
Massimo De Angelis

Green politics and the republican commons
Derek Wall

Commons against and beyond capitalism
George Caffentzis and Silvia Federici

No commons without a community
Maria Mies

Community and commons: The role of community development support in sustaining the commons
Frank Van Laerhoven and Clare Barnes

From imagination to action: building a commons movement from the ground up: an interview with Julie Ristau and Alexa Bradley
Tom O’Connell

Commoning in the new society
Gustavo Esteva

NEW PUBLICATION: Participation in Community Development


We are pleased to announce that Participation in Community Development: Problems and Possibilities is now available in digital form for the first time.

First published in 2006, this volume reflects both shifts in policy and community development over a significant period of time, reflecting not only the interests and concerns of government policy, but how these connect with those of practitioners and the local communities with whom they work. It features a collection of articles from the Scottish journal Concept. Published by Concept with support from the Community Development Journal.

To read the report, please click the below image, or visit our publications page.

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CDJ Special Issue on Extractive Industries

Extractive Industries

16 August 2013

The CDJ Special Issue on Extractive Industries is now available. All articles will be freely available until the end of September.

The collection of papers presented in the issue reflects upon a broad range of emerging community development challenges surrounding the growth of the mining, and oil and gas sectors in different settings across sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Melanesia.

Recognizing the distinction between ‘community-led’ development and ‘corporate-controlled’ development, the contributions critically explore how different stakeholders respond to extractive industries development and reflect upon the role that communities might play in mitigating some of the problematic issues that arise.

The collection sheds new light on the complex relationships between communities, companies, governments and non-governmental actors and provides a more nuanced picture of the challenges faced in pursuing more sustainable community-led trajectories.

Cumulative Index of Articles

12 April 2013

In 2000 to mark the Millennium the CDJ Board commissioned Gary Craig, then the Editor of the Journal, to produce a complete Cumulative Index of articles and reviews published between 1966 when the journal started, up to and including the year 2000.

At the time only hard copies were produced but we are pleased to announce that now a scanned version of this extremely useful resource is available for download by subscribers on the main Community Development Journal website.