CALL FOR CHAPTERS : Global Migration, Regionalization and Global Inequality

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Call for Papers
January 30, 2022 to December 31, 2025
Subject Fields: 
Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology, Teaching and Learning, Public Policy


Global Migration, Regionalization and Global Inequality


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


Jaroslaw Przeperski, Ph.D., Director, Centre for Family Research, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland


Caroline Schmitt, Ph.D., Professor of Migration and Inclusion Research, Institute of Education and Educational Research, Working Unit Transnational Migration and Solidarity Research, University of Klagenfurt, Austria


Dear colleagues,

We invite you to take part in one of the largest editorial project on Inequality entitled Mapping Global Inequality, a Major Reference Work Book Series being published by Springer Nature, United States.

The Series encompasses several volumes. We will publish a separate call for chapters for each volume. In this call for chapters, we are particularly seeking authors for the volume on: Global Migration, Regionalization and Global Inequality.

This volume aims to explore, analyze and understand the interconnectedness between global migration processes, the regionalization of migration and the growing inequalities at the local, national and global level. International migration has been noted as a powerful symbol of global inequality and disparity in terms of wage, labor market opportunities and living conditions. Millions of people across the globe relocate from one place to another in search of better living and income conditions comparing their current situation with that of wealthier people in the so-called developed world. More than half of the population in less developed and developing countries migrate either temporarily or permanently to earn a living for their families. The unequal distribution of economic resources and earning opportunities affects the lives of millions of people in the world's poorest nations. The further distribution of wealth, power and opportunities among and within different societies and population groups is largely determined by political, economic and social-cultural institutions that a country develops and promotes.

Globalization, neoliberal reforms and privatization of means of production provides enormous opportunities for the economic advancement of certain, privileged countries and a global elite. Accelerated industrial growth gave birth to a shortage of labor in the industrialized nations. This shortage of labor provided new opportunities for migrant workers moving from the so-called less developed countries to developed countries in search of employment opportunities. However, people move from one place to another not only in search of employment opportunities, but also because of conflict, persecution, terrorism, human rights violations, climate change, natural disasters, or other environmental factors that force people to find a better and safe place to live somewhere else. Scientific studies clearly highlight the ambivalences of these migration processes. On the one hand studies show that an increased migration and movement of people in search of (employment) opportunities might be a way of reducing inequality, as these migrants seize the opportunity to earn their living and build a decent life. On the other hand, scholars argue that migration, especially international migration, is an activity that involves significant risks and costs and therefore does not necessarily contribute to reducing inequality. The volume aims to capture these ambivalences.

The volume is multidisciplinary in its approach and encourages scholars to respond to the following questions:

  • What do we know about migration (i.e., definitions, concepts and perspectives)?
  • Why do people migrate and what are the impacts of migration processes (i.e., causes and impacts on the micro, meso or macro level)?
  • What should be done, in terms of policy, social action and programmes to improve the living conditions of migrants and to reduce inequality (i.e., what are viable solutions for reducing inequality in migration societies)?

We welcome contributions that examine (i) concepts, definitions and perspectives on migration; (ii) causes and consequences of migration; (iii) contemporary trends in migration research and practice; (iv) Euro-African and intra-African migration processes; (v) migration from less developed, developing countries to developed countries; (vi) unemployment, underemployment and migration; (vii) the role of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in reducing inequality among migrant populations; (viii) the role of international organizations and humanitarian assistance to migrants in need; (ix) questions of safety and dignity in migration societies; (x) the global impact of migration on economy, social changes and development; (xi) protection systems as well as integration and inclusion strategies in dealing with migration in migration societies.

The volume pursues the goal to gather the best possible contributions in the respective areas and to make this reference work as truly global in nature. There will be a minimum of 40 chapters from at least 30 countries discussing various aspects of inequality in different socio-political and economic context providing a valuable source for researchers, academics and policy makers at both local and global context. Each of the Mapping Global Inequality volumes will also include chapters on cross-country comparison to provide an understanding of similarities and differences in the many aspects of inequality across different regions in the world. Additionally, an exclusive and extensive introductory chapter will provide an overview of the volume, its scope, and comparative understanding of all the contributions.

Structure of the Volume

  • Level of your contribution: Our aim is to provide an accessible and exciting handbook for specialists, academicians, advanced students, and readers familiar with the field from all kinds of disciplines, as well as for those interested in learning more about the field of migration and inequality studies.
  • Length: The size of each chapter that we are expecting will be circa 8000-10,000 words (including the reference list).
  • Type of contributions: We are looking for chapters that are critical summaries/synopses (tertiary literature) rather than original research reports.
  • Process and timeline: We are accepting contributions on a rolling basis. Writing and reviewing is scheduled to take place until July 2025. Final proofing will take place between July and December 2025. The sooner you submit your chapter the sooner it will be published online and be citable. All contributions go through a peer-review process. 
  • You will have the chance to submit your chapter at four different times:

November 25, 2022

June 25, 2023

June 25, 2024

June 25, 2025

  • Publication: Once the production and proofing loop is completed, the chapter will be published online-first on Springer Nature's online publication webpage SpringerLink: At this stage, the article has its own DOI and is citable. You will be able to access it via your chapter page on METEOR. As an author of this project, you will also be able to access all other digital Springer Nature Reference Works via METEOR.

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

  • Print publication: The print publication of the volume you contribute to will be finalized once the last chapter of the volume has been reviewed and gone through the production workflow.
  • Online Update of Chapters: A copy of the published version of your chapter is re-entered to METEOR for further updates. The chapter is reopened in METEOR for updates again, and the status of your chapter changes to ‘Open for Submission’. At this time, you can upload 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 scientific process.  

On behalf of the editors of Palgrave/Springer Nature, we thank you for your contribution. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any queries you may have.

Interested authors please send a 250-words abstract and author biography to Dr. Rajendra Baikady ( by 25 April 2022. Please use the subject header Global Migration, Regionalization and Global Inequality: 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.

Qualifications: We recommend that academic authors have a Ph.D., be supervised by someone with a Ph.D., or be pursuing a Ph.D., while non-academic professionals should have at least 3 years of experience in the field.


Contact Info: 

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