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All the special issues below are free to access until 30th June:

Critical and Radical Social Work
European Journal of Politics and Gender
Evidence & Policy
Families, Relationships and Society
Global Discourse
International Journal of Care and Caring
Journal of Gender-Based Violence
Journal of Poverty and Social Justice
Journal of Psychosocial Studies
Longitudinal and Life Course Studies
Policy & Politics

Critical and Radical Social Work 

Revolutionary social work: Promoting sustainable justice 
Guest Edited by Masoud Kamali & Jessica H. Jönsson

This special issue argues for  a revolutionary reorientation of social work research, education and practice and makes suggestions for strategic revolutionary actions.

European Journal of Politics and Gender

Rethinking the ambition gap: gender and candidate emergence in comparative perspective
Guest Edited by Jennifer M. Piscopo and Meryl Kenny

The gender gap in political ambition is often presented as an immutable fact about the political world. This special issue interrogates this fact, drawing on case studies from across the globe to move the research agenda away from explaining why (or whether) women have less ambition than men, and towards understanding the gendered dynamics of candidate emergence. 

Evidence & Policy

Opening up evidence-based policy: exploring citizen and service user expertise [Open Access]
Guest edited by Ellen Stewart, Jennifer Smith-Merry and Marc Geddes

This special issues brings together research which focuses specifically on the intersection of public perspectives, research evidence,and the policy process. It explores questions such as whether and how experiential knowledge can be understood and mobilised as evidence within the policy process; whose perspectives are seen as legitimate knowledge to inform policy making; how evidence producers and users can engage with a range of publics in timepressured and fast-changing policy debates.


Families, Relationships and Society 

Childhood, Parenting Culture, and Adult-Child Relations in Global Perspectives
Guest edited by Charlotte Faircloth and Rachel Rosen

In this special issue the guest editors bring together contributions exploring the ways in which contemporary cultures of childhood intersect with parenting cultures, especially as they relate to notions of risk and responsibility which increasingly frame the lives of adults and children. 

Global Discourse

The Politics of Negative Emotions [Double Issue]
Guest edited by Dan Degerman

The contributions of this double issue, which reflect a variety of disciplines and experiences from across the world, explore a range of negative emotions, drawing out both constructive and destructive potentials of these experiences. While they were conceived long before the current global health crisis and do not deal directly with the political responses to COVID-19, the politics of negative emotions is directly relevant to understanding them.

International Journal of Care and Caring

Care ethics thinks the political
Guest edited by Sophie Bourgault and Fiona Robinson

This special issue brings together research examining the politics of inequalities and injustices as they relate to the giving and receiving of care.

Journal of Gender-Based Violence 

Domestic violence: New directions in policy and practice in Europe
Guest edited by Marceline Naudi and Lorraine Radford

This special issues discusses new ways of thinking about, responding to and implementing strategies to end gender-based violence, including domestic violence across Europe.

Journal of Poverty and Social Justice 

Self-employment and social protection in Europe
Guest edited by Kevin Caraher and Enrico Reuter

The contributions to this special issue shed light on the multifaceted and often ambiguous nature of self-employment as both a source of emancipation or job satisfaction and a form of deeply problematic vulnerability.

Journal of Psychosocial Studies

The American Tradition of Psychosocial Studies 
Guest Edited by Matthew H. Bowker and David W. McIvor

The guest editors of this special issue argue that a tradition of psychosocial thought exists in America, even though it is  a loose-knit one, widely dispersed across disciplines that interface all too infrequently. The contributors to this special issue give voice to and appraise many of the most salient exponents, themes, trends and sticking-points within that tradition.

Longitudinal and Life Course Studies

Methodological Issues in Longitudinal Surveys
Guest Edited by Peter Lynn, Mick Couper and Nicole Watson

This special issue discusses how we might overcome the considerable methodological challenges facing longitudinal surveys. These challenges include, for instance, the need to motivate participants to commit to the study, often over long periods of time, and to minimise and manage panel conditioning, as well as new technologies, changes in the use of technology, increased awareness of – and access to – big data and changing appetite for data linkage.

Policy & Politics 

Policy-making as designing: the added value of design thinking for public administration and public policy
Guest edited by Arwin van Buuren, Jenny M Lewis and B Guy Peters

This special issues discusses how we can make the best use of design to improve public policy  and public services for the future.


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