Policy & Practice - A Development Education Review



Submission Guidelines

Policy & Practice: A Development Education Review is a biannual, peer reviewed, open access, online journal published by the Centre for Global Education, a non-governmental development organisation based in Belfast. It aims to celebrate and promote good practice in development education and to debate the shifting policy context in which it is delivered. It provides a space for education practitioners to critically reflect on their practice, share new research and engage in debate with their peers. Each issue of the journal features in-depth contributions on key aspects of development education such as pedagogical innovation, research, methodologies, monitoring and evaluation, the production of resources, enhancing organisational capacity and strategic interventions in education policy. Policy & Practice is informed by values such as social justice, equality and interdependence and is based on the Freirean concept of education as an agent of positive social change.  The journal web site receives in excess of 100,000 visitors per annum from the global North and South and successfully combines quality contributions from academia and civil society. 

The journal features in-depth contributions on aspects of development education practice such as methodologies, monitoring and evaluation, resources and training, enhancing organisational capacity, and strategic interventions in education and sectoral practice.

Each issue has a theme which will be addressed by four to six main articles (Focus section). Other regular sections in each journal include shorter articles (Perspectives), discussion features (Viewpoints), and resource reviews (Reviews). In addition to the regular calls for contributors, we invite articles on any topic relating to development education. We ask that you submit a précis of the proposed article to the Editor and it will be given due consideration for publication in a relevant issue.

There are no charges for submission to, publication in, or access to Policy & Practice. Once published, your article will be available for anyone to read or download without charge. 

Briefs for Contributors

Please send your articles to:

Stephen McCloskey (Managing Editor)
Centre for Global Education
9 University Street
Email: stephen@centreforglobaleducation.com
Tel: (0044) 2890 241879

Please do not hesitate to contact the Editor if you have any questions regarding these guidelines or the journal in general: stephen@centreforglobaleducation.com


Policy and Practice Issue 28: Call for Contributors
The Development, Conflict and Security Nexus: Theory and Practice 

The Centre for Global Education is inviting contributions to Issue 28 of our bi-annual, open access, peer-reviewed journal Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review.  This issue will explore the intersection of international development, conflict and security through a Development Education lens.  Conflict is estimated to account for over three quarters of humanitarian need and forced displacement and now affects nearly 70 million people.  The complex interlinkage between development, conflict, and security is becoming a pressing issue for global governance and the implementation of international human rights law. According to a 2018 joint report by the United Nations and the World Bank titled Pathways for Peace: Inclusive Approaches for Preventing Violent Conflict, more countries experienced violent conflict in 2016 than at any time in almost 30 years. It is estimated that by 2030 nearly two thirds of the extremely poor will live in conditions of conflict and endemic violence.
Issue 28 of Policy and Practice is calling for contributions focusing on the securitisation of development, the increasing numbers of conflict situations, and their effects on society, people, democracy and world stability. We are particularly looking at how conflict is approached through education, particularly Development Education and related sectors such as Human Rights Education and Peace Education.  We are also interested in research focused on the role that education can play in areas vulnerable to conflict or addressing legacy issues in post-conflict societies.  We invite contributions
examining existing mechanisms to resolve conflicts such as the Sustaining Peace Agenda, Inclusive Peace, SDG16, and at how integrating violence reduction strategies and peacebuilding into humanitarian programmes is carried out.


Authors interested in submitting an article should send a 300 word précis to journal editor, Stephen McCloskey,

email: stephen@centreforglobaleducation.com.

The submission date for commissioned articles is Friday, 14 December 2018.  


There are four kinds of article published in Policy and Practice.  Focus articles are peer reviewed, between 3,500 and 6,000 words, and have a strong critical analysis of their topic. The second is a Perspectives article which is 2,500 – 5,000 words in length and is normally more descriptive, addressing an aspect of practice in any relevant aspects of DE. Viewpoint articles are designed to provoke debate on a given topic and more subjective in the presentation of their argument.  Resource review articles are 1,000-2,000 words in length and offer an opinion of a new book, film, teaching resource or online site on development issues.
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Policy and Practice is funded by Irish Aid: 


The views expressed in Policy and Practice can in no way be considered to be the official opinion of Irish Aid.
For further information contact:
Stephen McCloskey
Centre for Global Education
9 University Street