Transforming the Marginalised via IJRCS: The need to Rejig Rural and Community Studies towards Emancipation

  • Dr Bunmi Isaiah Omodan University of The Free State
  • Dr Fumane P. Khanare University of The Free State
Keywords: IJRCS, Rurality, Community, Marginalisation, Emancipation


Literature and social reality confirm that rurality and its people remain underprivileged, while groups within communities, even in urbanism, still demonstrate marginalisation and social inequalities. Not only that, but research is also limited to emancipate the perpetual deficiencies and the various inequalities that emerge within the context of rurality and community livelihood. Even the little research output in this category suffers revered outlets where rural and community studies could be disseminated. This forms the gap to which the Interdisciplinary Journal of Rural and Community Studies (IJRCS) intends to fill. This, therefore, is the inaugural statement of the Journal. The statement presents the historical background of the Journal, the focus of the Journal, and subsequently defines the conceptual understanding of the rural and community to enlighten the authors and readers about the kind of acceptable articles. The editorial process and the professional profile of our editors were presented with a conclusion that whatever knowledge production is coming from the archives of IJRCS is authentic, productive and will definitely assume national and international standards without giving loopholes for contestation


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Author Biographies

Dr Bunmi Isaiah Omodan, University of The Free State

Bunmi Isaiah Omodan is a lecturer and researcher at the University of the Free State, South Africa. He was the first prize winner of a research award at the University of the Free State in 2020 and subsequently named one of the top ten researchers in the Faculty of Education of the same year. He also won the first prize in a competition titled: Decoloniality in the 21st Century Classroom in 2019. He is a certified human resource manager with a PhD in Education Management and Leadership, a Masters degree in Educational Management and B. A. Ed in English Language. He is the Managing Editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Education Research and Interdisciplinary Journal of Rural and Community Studies and reviews for other journals. He has supervised and is still supervising postgraduate students. He is currently a member of the British Education Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS), Nigerian Association for Educational Administration and Planning (NAEAP) and Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management (CCEAM). He has published articles in various local and international accredited journals, chapters-in-book, and local and international conference proceedings. His research focus includes but not limited to qualitative and quantitative research approach, community-based participatory action research, decoloniality, Ubuntu, social transformation, social pedagogy, social crisis management and university transformation.

Dr Fumane P. Khanare, University of The Free State

Fumane Portia Khanare is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Education, University of the Free State, South Africa. Her research focuses on health-promoting schools, psychosocial well-being of learners in rural schools, learner support, and HIV and AIDS education. She combines asset-based approaches and arts-based research methods as pathways to advance young people’s voices and agency for systematically enabling learning environments. She has been a MAC AIDS Fund Leadership Initiative Fellow at Columbia University, the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), and the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). In 2017, she was honoured to be one of the Child and Youth Institute Laureates under the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA). She is currently the co-convener of WERA-IRN (World Education Research Association International Research Network (2019-2021).


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How to Cite
Omodan, B. I., & Khanare, F. P. (2021). Transforming the Marginalised via IJRCS: The need to Rejig Rural and Community Studies towards Emancipation . INTERDISCIPLINARY JOURNAL OF RURAL AND COMMUNITY STUDIES, 3(1), 1-9.