The CReATE Project seeks to research the commonalities and differences between differently placed struggles for territory and potential of collective organisation for more socially, economically and ecologically just futures, and to “world” these perspectives in and through the academy. In particular, the CReATE Project is concerned with how the analysis of these commonalties and differences generates useable knowledges for both academics (in terms of theoretical and conceptual developments) and communities of practice in terms of resources, ideas, strategies and tactics.
Our standpoint is one of critical engagement a research strategy that is politically engaged and committed to the values espoused above, that is practice-based and conducted in some form of collaboration with social movements, community organisations etc. This implies both an immersion in the ‘field’ – in the various sites of research or places of encounter – as well as immersion in the practices that one is conducting research on.
We are also committed to radical and critical public policy engagement with the mainstream through interventions in the arenas of state and civil society to develop and stimulate counter-hegemonic ideas, strategies and practices for a more egalitarian and participatory society committed to a radical social justice agenda.’ We understand solidarity in part as the Gramscian notion of willingness to be transformed. Here we are concerned with transformation not only within the academic and academy but also how communities can be transformed through collaboration (and what we will discuss as ‘resourcefulness’). Solidarity is in part an academic willingness to be transformed by both the experiences of collaboration with resisting others and also by the knowledges that they produce.
To maintain a network of activist scholarship and allied communities of practice for the advancement decolonial research and the worlding of "Alter-Native" perspectives
Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition
Routledge, P. & Cumbers, A. 2009: Global Justice Networks: geographies of transnational solidarity Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Derickson, K. D. & Routledge, P. 2015: ‘Resourcing Scholar‐Activism: Collaboration, Transformation and the Production of Knowledge’ The Professional Geographer 67, 1, 1-7.
Routledge, P 2015: ‘Territorializing Movement: the Politics of Land Occupation in Bangladesh’ Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 40, 4, 445-463.
Routledge, P. Derickson, K. 2015: ‘Situated solidarities and the practice of scholar- activism’ Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 33, 3, 391-407