This article seeks to explore the work of activist researchers located in social movements,
non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and people’s organisations with close relations to
contemporary progressive grassroots struggles in a number of countries, mainly in the global
South. Drawing from extensive interviews with these researchers on their processes and practice
of research and knowledge production, located outside of academic institutions and partnerships,
it documents their understandings about the theoretical frameworks and methodologies they
employ. This article thus foregrounds articulations of actual research practices from the
perspectives of activist researchers themselves. In doing so, it suggests that social movement
scholars can learn more about the intellectual work within movements, including the relations
between theoretical and methodological approaches and action, from a deeper engagement with
the work of activist researchers outside of academia.
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