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Call for Research Participants: The social capital paradigm and its conceptual pillars

If you are interested in theories of social capital, please consider participating in this research.

What is the purpose of this research?

You are invited to take part in this research project that aims to explore the nature of the social capital paradigm and establish pillars to guide future theory development.

It has been 25 years since Castle (1998) concluded that “unless the social capital concept is used with some degree of precision and in a comparable manner, it will come to have little value as an analytical construct”. This research builds on previous work that identified the common themes and underlying similarities between different meanings of social capital and proposed ten “pillars” of the paradigm; statements that are broadly true and generally applicable to any interpretation of social capital. By outlining a paradigm for social capital, it will be easier for researchers and practitioners to implement and evaluate quality scholarship, thereby improving precision and comparability and, therefore, the explanatory and transformative potential of the concept for the benefit of everyone.

It is essential for the paradigm outline to be based on scholarly discourse. This survey seeks input from any interested scholars. The de-identified data from this survey will inform a collaborative interest group, which will discuss the results and take the ideas further. On completion of the survey, participants will have the option of joining the interest group.

What does my participation involve?

You will complete an online survey after watching a 60-minute webinar at your convenience. The survey will ask you to indicate your level of agreement with the paradigm pillars outlined in the webinar. You will have the option of providing an explanation for your responses and reasons for your agreement or disagreement with the pillars. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete or longer if you wish to provide additional information.

There is no cost for participating in this research. You will not benefit financially from your involvement in this research project.

Submissions close on Friday, March 1, 2024.


To be eligible to participate in this research, you must:

  • Be at least moderately familiar with the literature on social capital (read at least ten articles, chapters, or books, or ideally have completed a literature review).
  • Have watched the webinar outlining the pillars of the social capital paradigm.
  • Be at least 18 years of age.

Do I have to take part in this research project?

Participation in this research project is voluntary. If you do not wish to take part, you do not have to. If you decide to take part and later change your mind, you are free to withdraw from the project at any stage. Refusal to take part in or withdrawing from this study will involve no penalty or loss of benefits you would receive otherwise.

What will happen to information about me?

By participating in this research, you consent to the research team collecting and using information about/from you for the research project. Any information obtained in connection with this research project that can identify you will remain confidential. Your information will only be used for the purpose of this research project. It will only be disclosed with your written consent, except as required by law.

Who is organising and funding the research?

This research project is being conducted by Tristan Claridge and is being funded by the Institute for Social Capital.

Further information and who to contact.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Tristan Claridge.
Phone: +61 493 175 542

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