Welcome to the 49th edition of Studies in the Education of Adults. As we were putting this edition together, it seemed to us that this highly eclectic, inclusive, international collection of articles represented the continuing vibrancy and diversity of the adult education research community. Notable too, is the marked integration of theory and practice we find in our authors’ contributions. Some articles have focussed mainly on the development or critique of theory, and others the development of practice, but the former always have an eye to application and the latter are always contextualised and informed by theoretical frameworks. The collection is also wide ranging with respect to contexts, countries and disciplines, incorporating work from Morocco, Scotland, England, Canada and the USA.