Social Policy Review – Call for expressions of interest for new editorial team 2019-2022

Social Policy Review


The new format for a fixed editorship team for the flagship annual publication of the Social Policy Association, Social Policy Review will operate from July 2019. The Executive Committee is therefore now inviting expressions of interest from colleagues to take on this role for a three year term covering issues 32 (2020), 33 (2021) and 34 (2022).

Social Policy Review, published by Policy Press, provides an important resource for SPA members and the wider social policy academic community. The publication has traditionally included critical summaries of annual developments in key policy domains that can support teaching, learning and research, as well as selections of current cutting edge research in Social Policy in the UK and internationally. In the past SPR has also included annual themed sections which focus on topics of interest. See

The appointed Editorial Team (two/three people) will be under contract to Policy Press and will report to the Social Policy Association Executive Committee. The appointed team will shadow the current Editorial team for the next full publication cycle (July 2018-July 2019) and then take over full editorship for three years July 2019 – July 2022.

Application process:

Applications are invited from editorial teams of two/three people who are all SPA members, with at least two members based at UK universities. The Editorial team report in writing to each quarterly SPA Executive Committee meeting on SPR development and progress. Topics for themed sections will be proposed by SPR editors and agreed in discussion with the Executive’s publications sub-committee.

Applications should provide details of the following:

  1. The CVs of the proposed editorial team members (including detail of previous editorial experience).
  2. A Supporting Statement providing the following detail:
    • How editorial tasks will be divided between the team (where editors work in different HE institutions it will be important to make clear how the proposed team will function cohesively).
    • What the team will bring to this annual, edited publication in terms of areas of social policy expertise and capacity to commission contributing chapters (usually between 10-12 in each edition)
    • A clear developmental strategy for SPR with a strategy for re-designing/adapting its previous format in subsequent editions. Some suggestions for possible future themed sections.

Whilst the official start date is July 2019 it is expected that the successful team will shadow the existing co-editors for a period of one year (from 11th July 2018) to ensure a smooth handover.

Application deadline:

Applications should be forwarded by email and attachment to Rachael Dobson,, Secretary to the Social Policy Association, by 5pm Friday 15th June 2018.

Applications will be shortlisted by a sub-committee of the Executive Committee with the outcome announced and editorship awarded in July 2018.

Further information & contact details:

Interested parties are invited to contact Zoë Irving for informal discussion about the role.