Joel Izlar (CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0+)

My research is informed by the belief that ecological problems are rooted in social problems. In my view, the only way to solve them is to address both through the creation of new forms of positive and peaceful ecological and social relations.

I am drawn to investigating meaning, understanding, essence, nuance, and connection through qualitative research. My research methods seek to highlight multiple ways of knowing, feeling, doing, and understanding. I’m always interested in collaborating with others, so please feel free to reach out if you’d like to collaborate! 🙂

My current work explores how ecosocial functional communities concurrently operate as forms of mutualism, social welfare and care, community practice, organizing, direct services, and direct action in the 21st Century.


Izlar, J. (In Preparation, 2022). Bring what you can, take what you need: Really Really Free Markets and alternative social welfare.

Izlar, J. (2022). The new social services: Organising community during ecosocial health crises. In P. Fronek & K. S. Rotabi, Social work in health emergencies: Global perspectives. Routledge.

Izlar, J. (2021). “If we just plant the seed”: Community technology centers, community organization, and ecosocial justice. [Doctoral dissertation, University of Georgia]. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global.

Robinson, M. A., & Izlar, J., & Oliver, A. (2020). Opportunity beckons: A case for community practice within the classroom. Journal of Community Practice.

Izlar, J. (2019). Radical social welfare and anti-authoritarian mutual aid. Critical and Radical Social Work, 7(3), 349–366.

Izlar, J. (2019). Local-global linkages: Challenges in organizing functional communities for ecosocial justice. Journal of Community Practice, 27(3-4). 369–387.

Izlar, J. (2019). The case for prefigurative feminist community organizing. Journal of Progressive Human Services, 30(1), 1–10.

Miller, S. E., Hayward, R. A., & Izlar, J. (2016). The place for a global and holistic environment: International challenges and opportunities for social work education in the 21st Century. In I. Taylor, M. Bogo, M. Lefevre, & B. Teater (Eds.). The Routledge International handbook of social work education. Routledge.



Izlar, J. (2018). Re-using and Recycling Old Computers for Fun and Nonprofit. Panelist at the HOPE Conference, New York City, NY.

Izlar, J. (2017). #RESIST™: The Case for Prefigurative Feminist Community Organizing in the Age of Trump. Paper presentation at the 7th Annual Women & Girls in Georgia Conference, Athens, GA.

Izlar, J. (2017). Prefiguring the Future: Transcending the Nonprofit Industrial Complex. Paper presentation at the 1st Annual Social Justice Symposium, Athens, GA.


Izlar, J. (2018). Direct Action, Direct Services, and Back Again: Functional Community Organizing and Community Change. Paper presentation at the International Institute for Restorative Practices “Strengthening the Spirit of Community” World Conference, Detroit, MI.

Izlar, J. (2018). Self-Worth and Environmental Engagement: The Case for Project-Based Community Organizing. Poster presentation at the 22nd Annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference, Washington, DC.

Izlar, J. (2017). Radical Social Welfare and Anti-Authoritarian Mutual Aid. Paper presentation at the 67th Annual Society for the Study of Social Problems Conference, Montréal, Canada.

Izlar, J. (2015). Praxis of the Pariah: What Does Radical Social Work Mean Today? Paper presentation at the 61st Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO.

Izlar, J. (2015). Grassroots Community Organizing. Paper presentation at the 15th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.

Izlar, J. (2012). Digital Justice: How Technology and Free Software Can Build Communities and Help Close the Digital Divide. Paper presentation at Libreplanet, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA.