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Global Social Challenges Journal

Non-profit, open access publishing for change

Bristol University Press is delighted to announce the call for submissions for its first fully open access journal.

“I’m proud to see Bristol University Press launching this important new journal, which promises to address the most urgent complexities of global social challenges by drawing together accessible international scholarship across the disciplines to inform policy and practice.”
Professor Judith Squires, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, University of Bristol

Editors in Chief  

Shenggen Fan, China Agricultural University, China 
Julie Thompson Klein, Wayne State University, USA and Transdisciplinarity Lab ETH-Zurich, Switzerland
Siddharth Mallavarapu, Shiv Nadar University, India
Bronwen Morgan, UNSW, Sydney, Australia 
Sue Scott, Newcastle University, UK 
David Simon, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK 

We are continuing to build our global editorial team. See our current editorial team and board members. 

Aims and scope

How can we re-imagine society in an era of climate change, pandemic, hunger, poverty, and other pressing global societal challenges? Significant threats and dangers lie ahead of us, but so do opportunities, as new ways of being and doing emerge. This new fully open access journal aims to facilitate thinking about these positive new trajectories and to become the journal of choice to address the complexities of global social challenges across disciplines. It will be the first such journal to be based in the social sciences, while also engaging with research from humanities, arts and STEM. Emphasising marginalised, minority and indigenous world views, the journal will be an important home for research that contributes to the creation of alternative futures that acknowledge past injustices and are socially and environmentally just and sustaining.   

The Global Social Challenges Journal  will facilitate the publication of trans-, multi- and interdisciplinary research internationally within and beyond academia as well as welcoming single discipline work. Engaging with innovative and critical perspectives, including decolonial and Southern epistemologies, it will respond directly to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and encompass co-production and other participatory approaches. The journal will showcase new methodologies, offering a range of novel and more traditional outputs. Highly accessible, impactful and policy-facing, it hopes to foster dialogue between academics, policymakers, thought leaders, NGOs, practitioners, and the public. By publishing fully open access evidence-based, collaborative work in the collective interest through a not-for-profit university press, the journal will enable the sharing of knowledge needed to help build a fairer world, across and for the global south and north.  

Call for submissions

Be one of the first to publish in the Global Social Challenges Journal. Read the call for submissions to learn more. 


  • Cities and communities
  • Climate change, energy and sustainability
  • Conflict, security and peace
  • Democracy, power and governance
  • Education and learning
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • The future of work, finance and the economy
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Hunger, food, water and shelter
  • Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches 
  • Justice, law and human rights
  • Life stages and intergenerationality
  • Migration, mobilities and movement
  • Poverty, inequality and social justice
  • Society, culture and arts
  • Technology, data and society

Instructions for authors 

Information on how to prepare your submission is available here

Open Access

The journal will operate on a Gold Open Access basis. In the first year (for articles submitted by 31 July 2022), only those with full funding for publishing OA will pay an Article Processing Charge (APC). Thereafter, we will continue to offer discounts and waivers  for those without funding and in low and middle income countries.  Learn more about our APCs and Open Access options for journals.    

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Bristol University Press has worked in partnership with academic colleagues from a range of disciplines at the University of Bristol, who have steered the journal’s development and provided invaluable input.