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Voluntas Call for Papers: Food Banks and Related Food Insecurity Provision

Tuesday, May 30, 2017   (0 Comments)
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CALL FOR PAPERS (deadline July 30, 2017 for abstract – 250 words; full paper due November 30, 2017)

Advancing theory and knowledge around food banks and related food insecurity provision 


Guest Editors: Alex Murdock email: 

Laurie Mook email: 

Craig Gundersen email: 


This issue focuses on exploring both the theoretical and empirically researched spaces associated with food banks and their efforts to reduce food insecurity. The area is contested in theoretical and discourse terms with food banks and related provision seen differently depending on perspective and assumptions. This discussion is often quite distinct in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Hong Kong and Europe. We welcome work that connect the realities of food banks and related food insecurity provision with the larger context using explanatory frameworks. There are several theoretical lenses to approaching research in this area using economic, political and social theories such as state and market failure and voluntary sector failure. Of particular importance is how food banks bridge and bond in terms of social capital. We are seeking empirical research, case studies, comparative studies and theoretical work.

Please indicate your intent to submit by sending an abstract of no more than 250 words to the guest editors by July 30, 2017, including the research question to be addressed and a general overview of the proposed manuscript.

Abstracts will be reviewed and selected by August 30, 2017. Full papers (maximum 10,000 words) will be submitted by November 30, 2017. 

We aim for submission to Voluntas for peer review in February 2018.

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