Social Policy and Society: Call for Themed Section Proposals

Social Policy and Society publishes a uniquely structured themed section in each issue which is designed to offer an overview of a particular policy-relevant theme. The inclusion of a state-of-the-art article and a short guide to useful sources help to make these themed sections an invaluable resource for academics, policy-makers and students. By allowing flexibility in the number of articles in a themed section, the Guest Editors have the freedom to take the appropriate approach for their theme.

Themed section proposals are welcome on any topic that has a strong social policy focus and has the potential to contribute to contemporary social policy debates. Recent topics have included: ‘Populism, Religion and Social Policy’, ‘The (Un)Deserving Migrant? Street-Level Bordering Practices and Deservingness in Access to Social Services’, ‘Qualitative Longitudinal Research for Social Policy – Where are we now?’ and ”Race’, Learning and Teaching in Social Policy’. We are particularly interested in proposals that explore new dimensions of social policy and social policy in under-researched welfare systems, such as those in low- or medium-income countries.

Themed section proposals must include:

– the envisaged title

– the names and institutional affiliations of the proposed Guest Editor(s)

– a rationale for the Themed Section

– a list of contributors and their institutional affiliations

– an ordered list of contents

– the author(s), titles and a 500-word abstract of each proposed article

Please refer to Instructions for Guest Editors for further details and to download the proposal template. If you would like to discuss your proposal with the editors in advance of submission, please contact the journal at

Social Policy and Society is an international academic journal sponsored by the UK Social Policy Association and published by Cambridge University Press; to find out more visit the journal homepage.