Case Studies

Case studies and E-Book for social transformation through occupation.

In 2020 the ENOTHE project group Social Transformation through Occupation, a group composed of members of the ISTTON, prepared an E-book “Case Studies for Social Transformation through Occupation” (PDF). This E-book provides an introduction to the network, to our current understandings of occupation-based social transformation and six cases with some discussion questions that may be used when reading the cases to guide discussion, reflection and development of future initiatives.

The six cases are:

  1. Street Soccer Scotland, UK, by Andy Hook and Sarah Kantartzis. This case presents a social enterprise that uses occupation and specifically football, as a foundation for individual and social change for people who are homeless or facing challenging circumstances.
  2. Exercising Citizenship in an Ageist Society, Canada, by Barry Trentham, Sheila Neysmith and Debbie Laliberte Rudman. This case describes a time-bound participatory action research (PAR) project, titled ‘Exercising Citizenship in an Ageist Society’, completed over a 2-year period with a pre-existing senior citizen’s advocacy group called Care Watch.
  3. Langa Cheshire Home – Community Development Practice site, South Africa, by Roshan Galvaan, Leigh Ann Richards and Hanneke van Bruggen. This case presents a Community Development Practice (CDP) site (Langa Cheshire Home) for final year occupational therapy students at the University of Cape Town.
  4. Internationale StadtteilGärten Hannover e.V. (International City District Gardens Hanover), Germany, by Eberhard Irion and Sandra Schiller. The association, founded in 2007 is committed to the use and utilization of (semi)public spaces and food production for basic self-sufficiency in socially disadvantaged districts. Urban gardening is combined with the approach of a cross-cultural partnership in order to support the social inclusion and empowerment of people with a low socio-economic status and migrant background.
  5. Knit and Natter, Barnsley, UK, by Claire Craig. This case is an example of a group that developed from the personal initiative of a couple and indicates how occupation can become the focus for the development of a sense of belonging and community amongst a group of people living in a particular area, providing support as well as a sense of purpose for the people involved.
  6. Sent x 100: Art and culture for wellbeing and social participation, Spain, by Salvador Simó Algado, Jèssica Garrido and Penélope Aguilera. This case describes a project that is working to enable access to meaningful art and culture occupations as a fundamental human right and as a strategy to improve wellbeing and social participation. It is moving to create an art and culture friendly city for people with Alzheimer disease or mental health issues.

We are inviting FURTHER CONTRIBUTIONS to this resource. See below.

Contributing to the resource E-Book of Case studies for social transformation through occupation

We invite you to develop a case description of a project or initiative that we can add to the E-book to further enrich our understandings of how occupation may contribute to social transformation.

Full details of the process of developing a case including a proposed interview guide and structure for the case presentation are available in the E-Book. Further details on formatting are included below.

Please note that we anticipate updating the E-book a maximum of twice a year, depending on the number of new cases that we receive.

Review process

All cases will be reviewed by two members of the ISTTON. The primary focus of this review will be to ensure that the case clearly represents a process of social transformation through occupation. While the case will inevitably incorporate change for individuals, the primary focus should be on change for a neighbourhood, collective and/or population, change in policy, processes, beliefs and/or attitudes, opportunities and possibilities for occupation (however occupation is understood).

Also, the reviewers will aim to identify any terms or structures that are unfamiliar to an international audience and request clarification from the authors.

All cases must be accompanied by a letter confirming the consent of the authors and the organisation for publication in the E-Book.

If you are considering developing a case for inclusion we invite you to contact us to discuss your proposal.


All cases must be written in English, although we are very pleased to include another language version of the case.

Please submit your case as a Word document. Type face – Verdana. 11pt for text and 14pt for headings.  Single spacing for main text.

Submission of case

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