Welcome to Gateways journal's latest general volume. The increasing depth and ambition of community-university engaged research and practice is demonstrated in this collection of articles which are characterised by a high degree of critical innovation and collaborative verve. Further, these efforts are global. This general volume opens with articles from South Africa, the UK, Australia, the USA, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Canada. In many of these articles, the partnerships are complex and sustained; in others, the methodologies are creative and experimental.