Call for short papers on aid and development from Pacific scholars

Are you an academic from a Pacific Island country? Do you have research-based knowledge on aid and development in the Pacific? If the answer is “yes”, now is your chance to publish an article in a reputable academic journal.

The UK based company Development Policy Review calls for short academic papers on aid and development from scholars in Pacific island countries, for a special issue entitled “Pacific People’s Perspectives on Foreign Aid and Development”. Published articles will be 1,500 to 3,000 words in length. This is a great opportunity for PhD students and academics, especially early career researchers, to share their knowledge with a global academic audience.

The key information for the call for papers is given below (and note the deadlines at the end). Please also read the full call for papers, which explains the process and offers excellent analysis of the aid and development debates in the Pacific. This will be a great way to get your thinking going.

The first requirement is that you submit an abstract outlining what your proposed paper will cover, by November 18. The abstract must follow the format described in the call for papers.

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Pacific People’s Perspectives on Foreign Aid and Development

Guest editors: Nayahamui Rooney, Terence Wood and Regina Scheyvens

This special issue of Development Policy Review seeks to publish the voices of Pacific Island scholars on aid and development in their region. We welcome short articles, informed by research and personal experience, on how aid, and development more generally, affects the lives of people in the countries they come from.

Some of the questions that contributors might wish to explore include the following:

  • What does foreign aid and development mean to Pacific Islanders?
  • What are the Pacific Islands’ main foreign aid and development priorities?
  • Who are the key players and how should they shape foreign aid and development negotiations and outcomes? How should these processes look at different levels?
  • What are the current strengths and weaknesses of foreign aid and development in the Pacific Islands?
  • How could foreign aid and development be more mutually beneficial?

Special issue editors invite individual or co-authored contributions from scholars of the Pacific Islands region, or those of Pacific Island heritage whose scholarship or work engages with foreign aid and/or development In the region. Researchers outside the Pacific are invited to contribute through collaborative and co-authored submissions with Pacific researchers. This special issue is open to Pacific scholars currently studying or working in the Pacific, as well as those currently studying or working outside the region.

Initially, abstracts of 300 words are required. Abstracts must follow the format described in the online call for papers. Abstracts should be emailed to Regina Scheyvens ([email protected]) with “DPR special number” in the subject line, by 18 November.

Key dates

November 18, 2022: Deadline for abstracts.
December 5, 2022: Authors will be informed if their abstract has been accepted and if they will be invited to submit a full article.
March 1, 2023: Paper deadline for authors whose abstracts have been accepted.
March-June 2023: peer review and revisions.
June 2023: Publication.

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Amanda J. Marsh