CALL FOR CHAPTER : Poverty, marginalization and vulnerability in post pandemic world

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Call for Papers
March 28, 2022 to April 25, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Social Work, Social Sciences, Sociology, Indigenous Studies, Public Policy


Poverty, marginalization and vulnerability in post-pandemic world


Rajendra Baikady, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Jaroslaw Przeperski, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland


The pandemic that hit the world from the later part of 2019 brought enormous challenges to developmental programmes and economic growth across the globe. Countries across the world faced unprecedented losses in terms of lives and livelihood with increased poverty, unrest, crime rates and different forms of disparities.  Inequality in different shapes and scale is a long-standing social problem in many societies. The COVID-19 pandemic further worsened the inequality of opportunities, income and wealth across the globe. As a result, different population groups, especially marginalized and vulnerable in many societies experienced the worst life-threatening pandemic of the century. Scholars predict that the long-term impact of the pandemic is mostly on poor people and those who are vulnerable and live on the periphery. Further literature argues that the impact of COVID-19 will be much harder on targets of the SDGs that are to be achieved by 2030. Progress in achieving goals such as eradicating hunger (SDG 2), no poverty (SDG 1) and reducing inequality (SDG 10) are expected to be the most hampered by the after-effects of COVID-19. Thus far, the pandemic outbreak has wiped away the progress already achieved by these SDGs.

This volume in the Springer Series in Social Work and Social Change is an effort to examine the status of poverty, (in)equality and marginalization in societies across the globe. The volume will make an attempt to gain insight into the impact of the pandemic and its spread on economic, political and social life of people in different regions, while examining the after-effects of these events on increasing inequality and poverty. We invite authors at all levels of their career to explore the impact of COVID-19 on rising poverty, inequality and marginalization within the context of their countries. We aim to produce this volume in line with the Global Development Goals and the challenges that societies might experience in achieving the SDGs after the outbreak of COVID-19 and beyond. We envisage this volume as an important evidence-based reference work for policy makers and researchers to understand the ground realities and practical examples related to poverty, inequality and marginalization in a post-pandemic world.

Content of the book:

Impact of COVID-19 on SDGs related to poverty and inequality;

Income inequality and poverty;

Poverty, hunger and COVID-19;

Impact of COVID-19 on marginalized sections of society;

The caste, religion, state, political administration and population group and their response to the pandemic;

Crime, unrest and vulnerability;

Gender equality/ inequality in a post-pandemic world.


Invitation- early April, 2022

250 word abstract and author bio due- 25th April, 2022

Feedback to authors and full chapter guidelines – April 2022

Full Manuscript submission – July 2022

Interested authors should kindly send a 250-word abstract and author bio by 25th April, 2022 to Dr. Rajendra Baikady ( Please indicate in the subject header – Poverty, marginalization and vulnerability: Chapter proposal. The editorial team members will evaluate the submitted abstract on a rolling basis and notify the authors along with full chapter submission guidelines.


This volume will be published under the Springer series in Social Work and Social Change (ISSN-2731 0728), published by Springer United States. More details about the series can be found here.


Rajendra Baikady PhD, FRSA

Rajendra Baikady, PhD holds a dual appointment as a URC Special Post-Doctoral Fellow and as a Senior Research Associate at the Department of Social Work and Community Development, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. In addition to this, Baikady is a Principal Investigator (Summer Research Fellowship) at the International Socioeconomics Laboratory, Harvard University, United States. He completed his first Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel (2019-2020) and was awarded Golda Meir Fellowship by Lady Davis Trust at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was also a recipient of Taiwan Government’s Short Term Research Award (2018) for academic research at the National Chengchi University, Taiwan and the Confucius Institute’s Understanding China Fellowship by the Government of China (2018-2019) for academic research at Shandong University, China. He has wide research experience in evaluating best practices of social work education and practice within both local and global contexts. His recent books include The Palgrave Handbook of Global Social Work Education (Palgrave Macmillan), Social Welfare Policies and Programmes in South Asia (Routledge), Building Sustainable Communities- Civil Society Response in South Asia (Palgrave Macmillan) and Social Welfare in India and China: A Comparison (Palgrave Macmillan). Forthcoming books by Baikady include The Oxford Handbook of Power, Politics and Social Work (Oxford University Press) The Routledge Handbook of Field Work Education in Social Work (Routledge), The Routledge Handbook of Social Work Field Education in the Global South (Routledge) and The Routledge International Handbook of Poverty in the Global South (Routledge). These handbooks question and explore the ‘state’s role in social work development across the globe as well as the development, growth and challenges for social work education and practice across the globe. Baikady’s research interests are in international social work, social change, social problems, social welfare, social justice, human rights, critical social work, social policy and globalization, among others. Ongoing major Publishing projects by Baikady include: The Palgrave Handbook of Global Social Problems - by Palgrave Macmillan, UK (Editor-in-Chief) and The Palgrave Handbook of Global Social Change - by Palgrave Macmillan, UK (Editor-in-Chief). He is also the editor of the following four book series published by Springer, USA - Springer Series in international Social Work, SpringerBriefs in International Social Work, Springer Series in Social Work and Social Change, and SpringerBriefs in Social Work and Social Change. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the United Kingdom.

Jaroslaw Przeperski PhD

Jaroslaw Przeperski is an Assistant Professor at Nicolaus Copernicus University (NCU) in Torun (Poland). He is also the director of the Centre for Family Research - a research unit at NCU. His scientific interest is focused on family social work, integration of services for families, and decision-making. He received a PhD in social science. He is an expert in family policy for the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy and Office of the President of the Republic of Poland. He is a manager of research grants in the field of social welfare, family policy and decision-making in social work. He is the principal organizer of the International Scientific Conference of Research on Family Services. He is also the editor of the book series, Springer Series in International Social Work, SpringerBriefs in International Social Work, Springer Series in Social Work and Social Change, and SpringerBriefs in Social Work and Social Change being published by Springer, USA.

Contact Info: 

Rajendra Baikady Ph.D, Department of Social Work, School of Humanities, University of Johannesburg, South Africa