CALL FOR CHAPTERS : Collaboration, Partnership and Advocacy- Reduced Inequality

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Call for Papers
January 24, 2022 to December 31, 2024
Subject Fields: 
Economic History / Studies, World History / Studies


Collaboration, Partnership and Advocacy- Reduced Inequality


Rajendra Baikady PhD, Department of Social Work, School of Humanities, University of Johannesburg, South Africa


Jaroslaw Przeperski PhD, Director, Centre for Family Research, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland 


Karmen Toros PhD, Professor, Department of Social Work, School of Governance, Law and Society, Tallinn University, Estonia



Dear colleagues, we invite you to take part in one of the largest editorial projects on Inequality - Mapping Global Inequality - Major Reference Work Book Series being published by Springer Nature, United States.

The Series encompasses several volumes, but we will publish individual call for contribution to each volume separately. In this call for contribution, we are particularly seeking authors for the volume on: Collaboration, Partnership and Advocacy- Reduced Inequality.

Reducing Inequality in all its forms is an urgent matter of concern. Several local, national and international organizations, state and non- state machineries are implementing various policies and programs aimed at reducing inequality. As a matter of urgency to keep central the reduction of inequality, the United Nations in 2015 made a call to imagine a sustainable, just and equal society by 2030. As part of this initiative, world leaders developed and implemented 17 goals widely known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). All 17 goals outlined in the SDGs target several social problems and aims to transform the global society in the next nine years. Reducing inequality, realizing gender equality, reducing poverty, increasing economic prosperity, employment generation, ensuring social security, education and good health for all are few of the important goals and targets that SDG's intend to achieve in all countries across the globe. Promoting collaboration, partnership and advocacy is also one of the targets that seeks to enhance the quality and accessibility of various services and resources to all sections of the society.  

This volume in the Mapping Global Inequalities series aims to explore how collaboration, partnership and co-building helps in reducing various kinds of inequalities persisting in different societies across the globe. Societies across the globe experience different challenges and issues with respect to their development. Countries equipped with advanced scientific and technological resources along with skilled human resource are able to provide better living conditions, social security and entitlements to its citizens compared to countries listed as poor and mostly located in the global south. The wealth and opportunity provided by the process of globalization and neoliberalism has widened the gap between richer and poor countries by advancing the industrial economy in the wealthier countries. Thus, the development agenda produced by globalization and neoliberalism has mostly benefited the industrialized countries in the west and led to widespread inequality and unequal distribution of wealth, resources and services among and within countries. As a result, countries in the global south remain poor and underdeveloped with limited or no access to basic resources and services. With the widening income and wealth gap between countries and regions, efforts to reduce inequality among and within countries is urgently needed now more than ever than before. Strong international cooperation and partnership can help in co-building equal and just societies where as advocacy can help in fulfilling the basic entitlements of people living in less developed and developing countries. Collaboration can lead to innovative and fresh solutions to social problems and by partnering with advanced economies, bring together different experiences, approaches and ideas to solve social problems such as inequality, poverty and marginalization. In this volume, we aim to explore how collaboration and partnership between researchers, educators, institutions and organizations within and between countries can help enhance the living conditions of people in different countries and regions. Contributions in this volume will address these questions:

  1. What role can collaboration, partnership and advocacy play in reducing inequality?
  2. How and why is advocacy a powerful instrument in bringing social change?  
  3. How and why are partnerships and collaborations the best approach to finding solutions to the problems of our time?
  4. Why is there an increasing need to search for integrated solutions to make development more sustainable and accessible to all sections of the society?
  5. How can collaboration and partnership between and within different countries help in reducing inequality?
  6. How does partnership and collaboration help in economic, social and industrial development?

We welcome contributions approaching: (1) Collaboration and partnership between countries; (2) Collaboration and partnership between institutions and governments; (3) Collaboration and partnership between educators, researchers, policymakers, research labs and other scientific entities; (4) Partnership and collaboration between developed and developing countries; (5) Resource mobilization; (6) Role of advocacy in empowerment and promotion of social, economic and political inclusion for all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status; (7) Partnership, collaboration and advocacy for global solidarity (8) Partnership, collaboration and advocacy for SDGs; (9) Partnership and collaboration in sharing knowledge, skills and technology for development; (10)  Role of effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships in building and sustaining international collaboration and partnership.

Structure of the Volume:

Level of Your Contribution: Our aim is to provide an accessible and exciting handbook for specialists, academics, advanced students, and readers who are familiar with the field as well as those from other related disciplines.

We expect each chapter to contain approximately 8000-10,000 words (including the reference list). We are inviting chapters that are critical summaries/synopses (Tertiary literature) rather than original research reports.

Contributions are being accepted on a rolling basis and writing and reviewing is scheduled to take place until approximately July 2024 with final proofing between then and the end of the year.

Online-First Publication of Chapters: Once the production and proofing loop is complete, the chapter will be published online-first on Springer Nature's online publication webpage SpringerLink The article becomes DOI citable at this stage. You will be able to access it via your chapter page on METEOR. As a contributing author to this project, you can also access via METEOR all other online published Springer Nature References.

Please keep in mind, the faster you submit your manuscript, the earlier it will be published and become citable.

Print Publication: The print publication of the volume will be finalized once the last chapter of the volume has been reviewed and gone through the production workflow.

Online Update of Chapters: One copy of the published version of your chapter is re-ingested to METEOR for further updates. The chapter opens up for updates again in METEOR and the status of your chapter changes to ‘Open for Submission’. At this time, you can upload fresh or updated files, if you wish. The updated and approved chapter will be published as a new version in the living reference version of this project.  Editors and authors can submit updates to articles at the pace of science advancement.   On behalf of the publishers, Palgrave/Springer Nature, we thank you for your contributions. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any queries you may have.

Interested authors should send a 250-word abstract and author bio by 25th March, 2022 to Dr. Rajendra Baikady Please indicate the subject header as - Collaboration, Partnership and Advocacy- Reduced Inequality: Chapter proposal. The editorial team members will evaluate the submitted abstract on a rolling basis and notify the authors along with providing full chapter submission guidelines.

Qualifications: We recommend that academic authors have, be supervised by, or in pursuit of their PhD, whereas non-academic professionals should have at least 3 years of experience in the field.

Full chapter submission Schedule: 

October 25, 2022

April 25, 2023

December 25, 2023

June 25, 2024


Contact Info: 

Dr. Rajendra Baikady, University of Johannesburg,  

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