EJDR special issue – call for papers

The UN SDGs: What progress? What impact? What next?

The UN’s
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed in 2015 by all governments,
covering countries of all income levels. The SDGs themselves, with 17 goals,
over 150 targets and more than 200 indicators, cover a vast spectrum of
development concerns.

While momentum
has been observed in attention to the SDGs as the world approached the mid-point
between their conception and 2030, it remains unclear will happen as of seven
years from now, after the end-year. Current global challenges – including the
legacy of the COVID pandemic, post-2022 cost-of-living crises, emerging debt
crises, and continuing challenges from climate change – are likely to create
obstacles for public policy in the near future.

As the 2030
deadline approaches, questions surrounding the SDGs abound:

Which of the SDGs will be met, by which countries? Where they will not be met,
what do the trends show, and by how much will the SDGs be missed? What else
have the targets helped to achieve? How have regimes of measurement influenced
development policy and practice? In which areas might the SDGs be judged to
have been less or more successful, and how are such judgments influenced by the
international cooperation context of today? What have the impacts of the SDGs
been: positive and negative; intended and unintended; anticipated and

Causality and drivers: What determines if the SDGs are met or not? What
financing would it take to meet the SDGs and why is/isn’t it forthcoming? Why
did or didn’t the SDGs make a difference to government policy and development

Can development be reduced to a set of indicators? Are the SDGs too
technocratic? Have worldviews of the Global South been included? More
generally, how inclusive are the SDGs? What is the role of international
development targets, given ongoing debates over decolonising development and in
the context of the post COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing climate emergency?

Looking ahead: How can any future processes more meaningfully bridge
the divide between Global South and Global North and serve as an accountability
mechanism in high-income countries and low- and middle-income countries alike?
Should there be an extension on SDG deadlines after 2030 or should a new
approach be agreed instead? Should there be another era of international
development targets and, if so, what should and/or might these look like? Is a
concept other than that of ‘sustainable development’ needed, and should it be
more focused, or instead even broader than the SDGs? If sustainability problems
need to be addressed in a more overarching manner, how does this affect the
geopolitics of overlapping crises? What kind of role can a post-SDG agenda have
in a highly fractured and conflictual world setting? What is the impact on
political approaches to development cooperation?

EJDR special issue on “What next after the SDGs?” – call
for papers

The European
Journal of Development Research (EJDR) is planning a special issue publication
around this topic. EJDR invites authors, researchers, and practitioners
interested in the above topics and wishing to contribute to EJDR’s special
issue, to submit their draft papers for consideration in the journal.
Empirically-rooted papers, as well as theoretical and conceptual articles, are
welcome. Contributions from the Global South and early career researchers’
papers are especially encouraged. Please note that all submissions need to be
well grounded in theory and advance the knowledge on the topic, by exhibiting
interesting and novel approaches to the questions raised above.

Dates, contact, submission process

Authors are asked to submit a draft paper, including an
extended abstract of approx. 300 words, to Natalia Lorenzoni, EJDR Managing
Editor ( between now and the 31st of December 2023.

Papers will be
reviewed by the editorial team for fit with the special issue topic and the
journal’s quality standards. Authors will be notified in early 2024 whether
their paper is being considered for the special issue.

Notified authors
will submit their final papers to the journal by the end of Q1 2024. All
manuscripts will then go through EJDR’s double-blind peer review. The outcome
of the peer review process will ultimately determine whether submitted papers
are accepted for the special issue. Any submitted papers can, following peer
review, be rejected, or ultimately be published outside the special issue

acceptances will be advised toward the end of 2024. The EJDR special issue is
due to be published by mid-2025.

Useful links

EJDR guidelines for authors: For Authors / Author Submission Guidelines | The European Journal
of Development Research | palgrave

EJDR opinion pieces: For Authors / Opinion/Position Papers | The European Journal of
Development Research | palgrave

Early Careers information: For Authors / Early Career Researcher Initiative | The European
Journal of Development Research | palgrave

This call for papers is supported by:

EADI – The European Association of
Development Research and Training Institutes

APISA – The Asian Political and
International Studies Association

CLACSO – The Latin American Council
of Social Sciences

KAIDEC – The Korea Association of
International Development and Cooperation

SADSA – The South African Development
Studies Association

To download the call for papers, please click here

new EJDR paper sections: Opinion and Position articles, and Systematic Reviews
and Meta Analysis papers

The European
Journal of Development Research is launching two new initiatives, aimed at
further encouraging scientific debate and rigorous academic analysis. Authors
may now submit articles for consideration under two new headers: ‘Opinion and
Position paper’ and ‘Systematic Review and Meta Analysis paper’.

Systematic Review and Meta Analysis papers:

These papers present systematic reviews and/or
meta-analysis of prior research broadly related to international development.
They should contain a detailed methods section that outlines the approaches
employed in undertaking the review or meta-analysis, and that shows how these
methods meet current best practice. For further information, click here.

Opinion/Position Papers:

These papers present the perspective of author(s) on a
current international development issue, for example synthesizing and provide a
critical take on lessons learned from recent research within development
studies; or an analytical perspective on current development policy issues.
EJDR also encourages opinion pieces that foster new ideas for interdisciplinary
thinking, and that suggest directions for future development research. For
further information, click here.

Please note that
submissions for EJDR’s other existing article types – original articles, early
career papers and special issue papers – is ongoing, and continues as normal.

Early Career Initiative

EJDR’s Early Career Initiative video, a step-by-step guide
on how to structure a strong international development academic paper, is now
available. Authors are strongly encouraged to first address the video’s tips
before submitting via this route. Access the video here: EJDR Early Career
Initiative – YouTube

EADI Distinguished Lecturers

The EADI Secretariat is organising the following online events:

Remaking the urban in the peripheries: resettlement
colonies and differential inclusion in India

October, 11:00 CET (online)

Redefining the social geographies and institutional practices of urban
marginality, with Karen Coelho


Latin America and its challenges under the new and
disputed global order

November, 15:00 CET (online):

Bringing Latin American structuralism to the forefront, with Víctor Ramiro

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