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We construct in this editorial a dynamic, multi-voiced narrative of the field of narrative inquiry based on the contributions by the authors. Diversity notwithstanding, we also presuppose a common theme to connect the contributions: Narrative on the move. This theme directs our attention to the question if narrative inquiry is moving and if so, in what direction? We notice three types of movements, in theory, in time, and regarding quality criteria of ‘real-life’ narratives.

There is a growing interest in narrative for policy making in community development. The implicit assumption in most projects is that just making stories available will increase recognition in readers and by some automatic process it will enhance understanding and therewith a community feeling. In this essay I want to explore this assumption, as it makes the value of narrative self-evident, but may leave its full potential for community development untouched. To find answers, I look for a starting point in what we all share: our biology.

Veel mensen hebben een onderzoekende geest zonder het te beseffen. Ze stellen vragen, analyseren, interpreteren en trekken conclusies; maar ‘onderzoek’ vinden ze het niet, want wat weten ze nu van theorie? ‘Onderzoek’ lijkt zo het domein van de universiteit. De wetenschap is echter groter dan dat. En de complexiteit van ons bestaan vraagt om meer onderzoekende geesten, die kritisch zijn en in researching publics samen betekenis geven aan wat er gebeurt of kan gebeuren.

Ik heb van mijn achttiende tot mijn tweeëndertigste in de universitaire wereld rondgelopen, eerst als student en daarna als niet-wetenschappelijk medewerker, buitenpromovendus en post-doc onderzoeker. Tijdens deze wandel deed ik Franse taal- en Letterkunde, Sociale Wetenschappen, Informatica, Bedrijfswetenschappen en Sociale Pedagogiek aan.

Since decades, outsiders criticize The Ivory Tower for its seclusion. Today, insiders proclaim a crisis within the tower itself. Staff publicly criticize conditions for research and teaching. Here I reflect as on my experiences as an action researcher within academia and address the question of espoused theories and theories-in-use in academic practice. My starting point is the case of an academic business school that was renowned for successful educational innovations. I wondered its success could be explained by the organizational theories of its staff.

In this article I address two interrelated questions. The first question is, what role do external PhD. candidates play in the emergence of paradigms? The second question is, if anything, what do external PhD. candidates actually contribute to the process of emerging paradigms? In order to answer these questions, I conducted an exploratory study into the vicissitudes of external PhD. candidates in the Netherlands. As my findings suggest, they display a fully-fledged academic habitus.

Microstructures are networks that aim to solve persistent social problems in rural or urban areas. These are transdisciplinary networks of inhabitants, entrepreneurs, professionals, and academics who bind their forces to realize an ambition they share in the area concerned. They require small investments in governance which we expect to result in social entrepreneurship and self organisation.

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