Calls for Papers


FEBRUARY 28, 2020

Call for Papers and Panels
12th International Social Innovation Research Conference 2020,
1st – 3rd September 2020

Sheffield University Management School, Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development
Conference theme: ‘Social innovation and enterprise for more prosperous, fair and sustainable societies’

Conference website:

To learn more, click here.


MARCH 2, 2020

Evidence, policy and the crisis in expertise

Deadline for submission: Monday 2nd March 2020

The theme for our Annual Conference is ‘Evidence, policy and the crisis in expertise’.  We are interested in proposals for papers that can influence the development of policy and practice across a range of sectors during these unpredictable times.  Proposals can address theoretical work, methodological developments and policy issues; as well as substantive research. WISERD promotes inter-disciplinarity and we welcome contributions from the fields of economics, sociology, geography and political science. WISERD is also keen to encourage the participation of non-academic stakeholders and we therefore particularly welcome proposals from researchers working within other sectors. 

This year we would like to invite proposals for paper presentations, symposia, workshop sessions, panel discussions or posters which address the following research themes:

•    Civil Society
We welcome proposals that address civil society in a broad sense and in particular, proposals that address changing patterns of civil society at local levels in the UK and internationally, the organisation and governance of civil society, participation within different spheres of civil society and the contribution of civil society in Wales and beyond.  

•    Education  
We welcome proposals that address educational research and in particular, papers that examine transitions into and through the compulsory education system, transitions to post-compulsory education, the cognitive development of children, inequalities in educational outcomes and the evaluation of policy interventions.

•    Politics and Governance
During a period of unprecedented levels of political uncertainty, we welcome papers that address issues around politics and policy making within Wales, the UK and beyond.  We are seeking papers which examine issues around devolution in the UK; policy formation; political trust and engagement; and the formation of political beliefs.   

•    Health and Wellbeing 
We welcome proposals that address research on health and wellbeing, and in particular, papers that address the connections and interactions between these and other areas.  Topics can be far-ranging and could include health and exercise; social care; the role of social networks and cultural participation; housing and the influence of environmental factors.

•    Labour Markets and Work
We welcome papers from all areas of social science that contribute to our understanding of labour markets and the lives of those employed within them.  Topics could include inequalities in employment outcomes, labour market segregation, casualization and precarious employment, the representation of workers and the evaluation of labour market interventions.  


As in previous years, there will also a be a series of Open Sessions reflecting the broader research interests and priorities of the social science and policy sectors within Wales, the UK and internationally. These will consist of collections of papers in the same thematic or methodological area. Potential convenors for symposium  sessions are encouraged to collate abstracts for proposed sessions prior to submission for consideration. 


The abstract proforma is available here:

Abstract Proforma Eng.docx[.DOCX, 794.41 KB]


Abstract submission guidelines can be foundhere:


The deadline for abstract submission is Monday 2nd March 2020



MAY 30, 2020

Call for Papers for the 10th International Interdisciplinary Conference, to be held in Nairobi, Kenya on June 24 to 27, 2020 at Multimedia University of Kenya


First Call for Papers for the 10th International Interdisciplinary Conference, to be held in Nairobi, Kenya on June 24 to 27, 2020 at Multimedia University of Kenya

General conference theme: “Sustainable Development in Africa”


Conference Venue: Multimedia University of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya


Sponsors: Multimedia University of Kenya, Kenya Scholars and Studies Association (KESSA), Centre for Democracy, Research and Development (CEDRED) and Multimedia University of Kenya and African Interdisciplinary Studies Association (AISA)


The world needs proper strategies to ensure sustainable development so that future generations find the world a better place to live. Global environmental changes brought about by degradation and effects of climate change, destruction of forests, increasing desertification, war and conflicts, migration and terrorism have combined to lead to clamour for sustainable development. The destruction of carbon sinks and water towers have made sustainable development more urgent given the manner in which uncontrolled exploitation of resources has led to serious effects on the globe. Why has sustainable development become critical in the world today? What are the causes of climate change and how do they affect the quality of life on earth? How have various governments and the international community responded to effects of climate change? What are some of the efforts being deployed in saving the globe against effects of climate change? What are some of the efforts being made by various academic disciplines to address this? These are some of the issues that the conference will be seeking to address.

Conference Website:


Organized and hosted by Multimedia University of Kenya, African Interdisciplinary Studies Association (AISA) and the Centre for Democracy, Research and Development (CEDRED), this 10th International Interdisciplinary Conference will be held on June 24 to 27, 2020 at Nairobi, Kenya. The conference will bring together scholars from all over the world to make presentations on matters that touch on Africa. Submission of abstracts: Send abstracts of between 250 and 500 words, including full contact details (title, name, address, email-address, and telephone) as well as institutional affiliation by March 30, 2020 to Prof. Maurice N. Amutabi at or or or  or 


The deadline for submission of full papers or PowerPoint presentation (one of them is adequate) is May 30, 2020

 To read the full call, please click here


JUNE 15, 2020


International Review on Public and Nonprofit Marketing


Call for papers: Special Issue on Cultivating and Retaining Donors, Members, and Volunteers



Guest Editor:  Professor Walter Wymer, University of Lethbridge, Canada



Submission deadline: June 15, 2020



Charities and other nonprofit organizations rely upon marketing to cultivate and maintain relationships with supporters, without which most nonprofit organizations would not have resources to fulfill their missions.  Given the mission-critical need for effective marketing strategies and tactics in order to attract and retain supporters such as donors, members, and volunteers; this special issue is especially timely. 


Manuscripts that further our knowledge on cultivating and retaining support from donors, members, and volunteers are encouraged.  A wide variety of related topics are desired beginning with identifying prospects to deepening the commitment of supporters.  Theoretical, empirical, and literature review articles (including meta-analyses) are welcome.


Manuscripts should be prepared following the normal guidelines for the journal and should be submitted through the journal’s online system.  Please be sure to submit your manuscript for this special issue when submitting through the online system.


For more information, refer to the journal’s website at



AUGUST 10, 2020


2020 Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference

7-8 September 2020




11 May 2020

Deadline for abstract submissions

13 July 2020 @ 17.00

Early bird rate ends

10 August 2020 @ 17.00

Deadline for full paper submissions

7-8 September 2020

The conference


Call for papers             

Leading and changing in critical times: civil society responses to external and internal challenges

The voluntary sector and wider civil society are currently facing complex pressures. One is to respond to wide social challenges of increased inequality and poverty, tensions from rapid social change, and multi-faceted conflicts within international politics. At times these challenges have seen the sector lead as an innovator at a local and global level, and perhaps a growing sense of agency as it seeks a stronger voice in defining its own role in society. At the same time, the sector is facing intense internal critique around its apparent inability to challenge power structures, which hold voluntary organisations back as spaces for true diversity and inclusion, revealed by campaigns such as #aidtoo and #charitysowhite.


This conference invites participants to explore these issues. Each year, the Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference - organised by the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) and the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) - provides a unique opportunity for academics, policy makers and practitioners from the UK and further afield to come together to share findings and discuss the implications of research for the sector's future as a site of social leadership and social justice. This year we are delighted to also be collaborating with Aston Business School as our hosts, and BVSC who will help to ensure the conference is relevant for both academics and practitioners.


Our 'Conference Track' invites contributions focused on how civil society is offering leadership, innovation, and agency in redefining how it responds to challenges, and how the voluntary sector and volunteering can challenge the inequality that currently shapes them. These could include, for example: local voluntary sectors as spaces of place leadership; inequalities in volunteering participation, charity trusteeship and workforce; the presence of and challenges to racism, sexism, classism and other inequalities; the changing relationship to public service delivery and partnership with other sectors; the sector as social pioneer and innovator; and many others.


Aims and streams

The conference aims to:

  • Contribute to evidence and theory-building in the field
  • Develop emerging research ideas
  • Inform and be informed by the work of practitioners
  • Inform and influence policy

We welcome submissions for individual papers, panel sessions and workshops. We are particularly keen to receive proposals for the Conference Track that address external and internal challenges, but we do also welcome papers that address a range of issues relevant to volunteering and the voluntary sector, aligned to the following streams:

1. The Conference Track - Leading and changing in critical times

2. Democracy and grassroots voluntary action

3. Diversity, race, (in)equality and inclusion

4. Volunteering, participation and social action

5. Advances in theory and methods

6. Resources, including funding, fundraising, philanthropy, social enterprise and social investment

7. Organisational management and governance, including law and regulation

8. Historical perspectives on civil society, the voluntary sector and volunteering

9. Civil society at the boundaries: relationships with the state and/or private sector

10. Measuring civil society: outcomes, impact and social value

11. New Researchers stream


Submitting an abstract

You can find out how to submit your proposal here. When submitting abstracts, authors will be asked which streams they feel their paper will fit best within. We welcome contributions from a variety of disciplines, including sociology, social policy, politics, psychology, geography, economics, business studies, social anthropology, philosophy and ethics. Submissions are encouraged from across the UK, and indeed from around the world, particularly those that offer international comparative perspectives. You don’t need to present a paper to attend.


New researchers

The Conference is an ideal opportunity for new or early career researcher looking to meet, discuss and present their research with other new researchers in a supportive setting. A special series of parallel sessions will be run as part of the conference for ‘new’ researchers. Attendance at this part of the conference is subsidised, and is intended for all early career researchers in the field of voluntary sector studies, whether postgraduate students or working/volunteering in the voluntary sector. For more details about how the New Researchers session works, please click here


Best paper prizes

Campbell Adamson Memorial Prize

Presenters who submit a full paper by the 10th August deadline will automatically be considered for the Campbell Adamson Memorial Prize for best paper, which includes a £500 prize.

New Researchers Prize

Participants in the New Researchers sessions who submit a full paper prior to the start of the conference will automatically be considered for the New Researchers Prize for best paper, which includes a £100 prize.

Voluntary Sector Review Best Article Prize

The conference will also see the inaugural Voluntary Sector Review Best Article Prize awarded, with the authors of the winning article receiving a voucher from the publisher Policy Press and a year's free subscription to the journal.


Plenary sessions

Alongside the paper sessions and workshops, the programme will include plenary sessions at the start and finish of both days. Alongside an exciting line up of soon-to-be announced keynote presentations, these will include roundtable sessions were participants will have the opportunity to meet and share ideas with new and experienced researchers in their field, developing social and professional networks and agendas for future research and practice.


The conference will also feature an exhibition, highlighting the latest publications, events and activities associated with voluntary sector and volunteering research.


Want to find out more?

Booking for the conference will open shortly. In the meantime you can email us for more information or visit the VSSN website for more details

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