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Call for Papers on Social Protection in contexts of fragility and forced displacement _ For publication of a special journal edition or edited volume

Deadline: 15 July 2017

UNICEF Office of Research—Innocenti

This call for papers aims to assemble high quality papers that will increase our understanding of: 1) the role of social protection in fragile contexts and settings of forced displacement and migration; and 2) synergies across the humanitarian and development divide in both contexts. The aim is to assemble 8 to 10 papers of sufficient quality to be jointly submitted for a special issue to the Journal of Development Studies, or featured in an edited book. An introduction to the special issue or book will summarize the volume, draw out policy implications and lay out key areas of future research. Reviewed and approved papers will also be featured in the UNICEF Office of Research–Innocenti working paper series.

Some submissions are expected to draw on evidence presented at an International Conference focusing on the same themes organized by UNICEF, the European Commission and partners (Finland, Germany, the World Bank, the World Food Programme, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and others) to take place in July 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. It is expected that these papers and others coming from outside the conference will include quantitative and mixed methods work, focusing on diverse social protection research resulting in policy-relevant lessons for governments, humanitarian and development actors, and the larger donor and stakeholder communities.

Examples of research questions to be addressed in paper submission include (but are not limited to):

  • What are the relative impacts and cost-effectiveness of diverse social protection designs in fragile contexts (e.g. cash versus in-kind or vouchers; use of mobile transfer technology) on dimensions of well-being for families and children, including over the long-term, to build resiliency?
  • What role can social protection play in preventing forcibly displaced children from becoming a ‘lost generation’?
  • What are the conflict, political stability, local economy and governance implications of government and NGO provision of social protection in the context of fragility?
  • How can social protection facilitate access to larger social systems for refugees and protect against discrimination, marginalization and impoverishment?
  • Does social protection mitigate against forced displacement, or address drivers of migration and inequalities in countries of origin, transit, and host countries?

Expected timeline and process

Below is the proposed timeline for submitting the assembled papers as a potential Special Issue.

  • 7 April 2017: Call for papers announced through the UNICEF Innocenti website, alongside announcement of International Conference on the same thematic topics through multiple channels
  • 15 July 2017: Deadline to submit extended abstract to Guest Editors (proposed length of 1,000 words) by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • 15 August 2017: Decision papers communicated. Shortlisted authors requested to prepare their full-length draft papers
  • 15 November 2107: First draft of papers due to Guest Editors. Papers to undergo rapid feedback and requests for essential revisions returned to authors

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