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 30: Call for Contributors

Development Education and Climate Change

Centre for Global Education is inviting contributions to Issue 30 of our bi-annual, peer reviewed, open access journal Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review on the theme: “Development Education and Climate Change”.  The sustainability of our planet has been in the spotlight the last years and has dominated public discussions.  Informed public actions and clear political objectives for sustainable development taking into account human rights, are currently being the major issues under scrutiny. In that framework, we are interested in exploring the links between climate change driven popular movements  and development education.  Contributions may address, but need not be restricted to, some of the following topics.

  • How can development education and related ‘adjectival’ educations best collaborate with the new popular mobilisations for climate action to address the climate crisis?
  • How has the media represented the climate strikes and the more nuanced role played by children as activists and purveyors of change?
  • Are there examples of good practice in climate change education in formal and informal settings that can be shared in an article?
  • Are there new resources on climate change education consistent with good practice in development education that could be discussed in an article?
  • What is the connection between growth, neoliberalism and climate change?  How do we square the circle of economic development and a sustainable marshalling of the world’s natural resources?
  • What does a Green New Deal look like and what are the steps we need to take to get there?

Authors interested in submitting an article should send a 300 word abstract to journal editor, Stephen McCloskey, email: stephen@centreforglobaleducation.com by Friday, 25 October 2019. The submission date for commissioned articles is Friday, 6 December 2019.


There are four kinds of article published in Policy and PracticeFocus articles are peer reviewed, between 3,500 and 6,000 words, and should have a strong critical analysis of their topic.  The second is a Perspectives article which is 2,000 – 4,000 words in length and is normally more descriptive, addressing an aspect of practice.  Viewpoint articles are designed to provoke debate 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.

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