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Call for Papers
November 29, 2019 to January 15, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Social Work, Sociology, Social Sciences, Slavery


Rajendra Baikady, Johan Gal ,Sajid S.M, Varoshini Nadesan and GAO Jianguo


Rajendra Baikady, PhD. Golda Meir Post-Doctoral Fellow, The Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.


Johan Gal PhD Professor The Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Sajid S.M PhD, Professor (former Pro-vice chancellor), Social Work, Jamia Milia Islamia New, Delhi India

Varoshini Nadesan. BA(SW), MCYC, D Litt et Phil. Lecturer, Department of Social Work, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Gao Jianguo PhD Professor and Chair, Social Work, Shandong University, Peoples Republic of China

The following is a Call for Abstracts for the Routledge Handbook of Poverty in Global South. Please send your proposed title, abstract (no more than 250 words), name, and affiliation to   and CC to   by January 15, 2020.

In the year 2000 United Nations formulated Millennium development goals and set poverty alleviation as one of the major targets to be achieved before 2015. However the advancement in technology, industrial development and innovations in science and economy in the post Millennium development period neither eradicated or reduced this phenomenon. Adhering to the constructs of the Millennium Development Goals contributed to five countries in East Asia and in the West to reduce the number of people living below the poverty line. Unfortunately the process of globalization and technological development in the global south pushed many people towards poverty and thus the number of poor remained significant. Available literature on poverty shows that one in seven of the world’s population live in urban areas and vast majority of these live in the Global South. Most importantly these populations face the problem of improper sanitation, inadequate health, school, and safe drinking water. In addition these human settlements are overcrowded and mostly unhealthy for human living. Economic growth induced by Pro-growth policies lifted billions of people in the world from extreme poverty; however poverty in developing societies remained in different forms. Determined to achieve a world of poverty and hunger-free by 2030 the United National formulated the post-2015 agenda and named it as Sustainabel Development Goals. The agenda sets targets for making the world a better place for living by eliminating poverty and hunger.

Poverty impacts every society irrespective of development status. In this context, the global south perspective would be learning from the poverty reduction intervention strategies in economically less developed countries.  Despite enormous effort by the state and non-state actors in poverty reduction in many countries in the global south, the result seems not very encouraging. As a result, poverty continues to be tabled for discussion, researched and written upon by the various academic disciplines.  This handbook is an effort to address (i) the extent of poverty in the global south (ii) forms of poverty (iii) impact of poverty on development and welfare (iv) State and non-state efforts in poverty alleviation and (v) other issues confronted by countries in the global south in line with neoliberalism and globalization.

The handbook welcomes contributions approaching poverty at different levels of society in the global south (whether local, regional, national, transnational) --the macro, mezzo and micro. While trying to identify and define poverty at various national and international scopes, the book is expected to be a major reference for expert reading. The Routledge Handbooks comprise specially commissioned chapters combining cutting-edge research and review articles to produce high-quality, original reference works, which provide an unparalleled overview of a specific field of research, whilst also setting the agenda for future directions of the discipline.

 The handbook is multidisciplinary in approach and organized according to the themes reflected hereunder. We invite contributions from scholars around the world (chapters focusing on Global South) , particularly those who are in their early careers. Our aim is to make this handbook the first to go beyond Western-centric appraisals and present a truly global portrait. Contributions dealing with dynamics around the world are therefore solicited. Please consider the following rationale for your proposed papers. You may send your proposed title, abstract (no more than 250 words), name, and affiliation to Dr. Rajendra Baikady ( by January 15, 2020. The following topics are indicative only, and will change in response to submissions.

A. Context

Assigned editor: Sajid S.M

  1. Theorising poverty
  2. Globalization and poverty
  3. Rethinking poverty in a time of global transformation
  4. Determinants of poverty  

B. Poverty in Neo-liberal economies

Assigned editor: Johan Gal

  1. Neo-liberalism and its impact on poverty and poor 
  2. Countries in transition, poverty and welfare challenges

C. Population Aging and poverty in the global south

Assigned editor: Varoshini Nadesan

  1. Gender and poverty among the elderly
  2. Rapid ageing and burden of poverty in global south
  3. Issues related to health and poverty
  4. Social security for elderly poor
  5. Elderly poverty and the challenge before developing countries

D. Poverty as a Human Rights issue in the global south 

Assigned editor: Rajendra Baikady

  1. Issues of Hunger and Malnutrition
  2. Issues related to housing and homelessness
  3. Increasing income inequalities
  4. Increasing urban rural divide
  5. Food, clothing, housing and medical care

E.  Sustainable Development Goals and poverty reduction

Assigned editor: Gao Jianguo

  1. Ensuring food security and creating a hunger-free world
  2. Women empowerment
  3. Ensuring education to all
  4. Health and safety for all
  5. Ending poverty by 2030
  6. Enhancing Livelihood and ensuring income security
  7. Educating people for sustainable development

F. Poverty in Welfare State

Assigned editor: Gao Jianguo

  1. New approaches to Alleviating Poverty
  2. Poverty and the middle class
  3. Human rights in the welfare state
  4. The effects of taxation and spending on poverty and inequality

G. The Politics of Poverty

Assigned editor:  Sajid S.M

  1. Activism and advocacy
  2. Politics of definition
  3. Measuring poverty
  4. Poverty and inequality
  5. Income inequality and poverty
  6. Regional inequality and diplomacy

H. Poverty and marginalised groups

Assigned editor: Varoshini Nadesan

  1. Child poverty
  2. Women
  3. Disabled
  4. Unemployed
  5. Sexual minorities
  6. Migrants/ refugees
  7. Families living in poverty

I. Poverty and Social Issues 

Assigned editor: Varoshini Nadesan

  1. Crime and deviance
  2. Corruption
  3. Population growth
  4. Illiteracy
  5. Migration
  6. Disaster victims and poverty
  7. Homelessness and poverty

J. Poverty in comparative perspective

Assigned editor: Rajendra Baikady

  1. Cross-national case studies
  2. Local, National, Regional and International comparison
  3. Policies and programmes for poverty reduction across the global south
  4. Comparing poverty trends among the countries



The standard format will help ensure coherence. A full chapter should be within 7000 -8000 words (approximately) including, reference, tables, figures etc. 


Clearly defined and relevant to the text


250 words

Introduction to the chapter

750 words ( approximately)

Context, state of the art, concepts and methods

2000 words (approximately)

Substantive discussion

3500words (approximately)

Conclusion: What next for research

500 word ( approximately)


APA 6th edition

Key texts/words(references)

4 minimum – 6 maximum

Citation style:

APA 6th edition


Starting from November 2019

Invite contributors

03 month  (Janauary 2020)

Submission of abstracts

05 months (June 2020)

Submission of manuscripts to assigned editors

03 months  (September 2020)

Initial comments to contributors

03 month (December 2020)

Revised manuscripts

03 months (March 2021)

Consolidate complete manuscript


The volume is expected to be ready by the second half of 2021 and will be published as E-book, Hard Back and paperback

Contact Info: 

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