Policy & Practice - A Development Education Review



Submission Guidelines


ISSN: 2053-4272

Issue 34 Call for Contributors

Development Education and Health


  • Expressions of Interest invited until 05 November 2021
  • Deadline for submissions is 10 December 2021
  • Publication date is Spring 2022


Policy and Practice is a peer reviewed, bi-annual, open access journal published by the Centre for Global Education, a non-governmental development organisation based in Belfast.  First published in 2005, Policy and Practice aims to provide a space for development education (DE) practitioners to critically reflect on their practice, discuss the main challenges faced by the sector and debate new policy developments.  The journal aims to: share new research; celebrate and promote good practice in DE; enhance collaboration between development education and related adjectival education sectors; further mainstream development education within the statutory education sector in Ireland; and provide opportunities for exchange and debate between educators from the global North and South.

Policy and Practice has a designated website (www.developmenteducationreview.com) which contains an archive of all previous 32 issues which are available for viewing online and for downloading.  The journal is listed on Scopus (H-Index 2) and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).  In 2020, the Policy and Practice web site received 150,000 unique visits from countries in the global North and South.  Policy and Practice articles have generated 3,143 citations that have appeared in 472 journals, 248 books and 318 dissertations.


Centre for Global Education is inviting contributions to Issue 34 of our bi-annual, peer reviewed, open access journal Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review on the theme: “Development Education and Health”.   The COVID-19 pandemic which has swept across the world since first manifesting itself in Wuhan, China in December 2019, has so far claimed nearly four million deaths from 182m cases.  It has placed a premium on healthcare as a public good and ruthlessly exposed health systems hollowed out by decades of market “reforms” which have magnified and deepened existing inequalities within and between the global North and South.  These inequalities are the result of a global economic system that has ensured, according to UN rapporteur, Philip Alston, that ‘the benefits of growth have largely gone to the wealthiest’. 

In January 2021, Oxfam published a report, ‘The Inequality Virus’, which argued that ‘The virus has exposed, fed off and increased existing inequalities of wealth, gender and race’.  But the virus has not only accentuated existing inequalities but created new ones in the tardy and inadequate responses of many states to the pandemic in terms of financial protection for those unable to work and failing to share vaccines with the world’s poorest states.  “In a moral failing of epic proportions’, argues Philip Alston, ‘most States are doing all too little to protect those most vulnerable to this pandemic’.  The NGO, Global Justice Now, has launched a campaign for a People’s Vaccine, which requires that Big Pharma drop their patents on vaccines and share the knowledge underpinning them.  Nine out of ten people in the global South have not received a vaccine, suggests Global Justice Now, while rich countries have been hoarding enough doses to vaccinate their populations almost three times over.  ‘No-one is safe until everyone is safe’, argues the UN, yet many wealthy countries operate a short-sighted vaccine nationalism that allows more contagious variants of COVID-19 to emerge and threatens the effectiveness of existing vaccines.

But Issue 34 invites articles on other aspects of the global health debate.  This extends of the health of the planet with the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimating that there will be an additional 150,000 deaths per annum as a result of the climate emergency.  These deaths will result from extreme weather conditions that create spikes in disease, impact on food production, uproot communities and create malnutrition.  We also invite contributions on health education and case studies of good practice that have created ‘health capital’ and developed actions, for example, focused on promoting sexual and reproductive health education. 

Authors are invited to contribute articles on excellence in health practice in the global South, including for example the Cuban health system, free at the point of delivery and regarded as a template to study given its integration with research and development.  This is reflected in Cuba’s trialling and rolling out its own COVID-19 vaccines which it stands ready to share with other countries in the South. Cuba’s medical solidarity also includes operating a Latin American School of Medicine which provides scholarships to over 10,000 low-income students from Africa, Asia and the Americas (including the US) who make a commitment to work with marginalised communities at home post-training.  

These models of good practice and the debate on health education and healthcare have a heightened importance in the context of COVID-19.  What does the new ‘normal’ represent in terms of health and what can development education contribute to this debate locally and globally?

Contributors could consider, through empirical work or theoretical discussion the following: 

  • President Michael D Higgins has suggested that ‘the role of the state in society will be re-evaluated’ in the wake of COVID-19.  What does that mean in the context of healthcare? 
  • What are the implications of COVID-19 for global health and how can health assets of global importance such as the vaccines be made accessible to poor countries? 
  • How can we create a healthcare system as a public good with universal access for all at the point of delivery?  What lessons can be learned from the pandemic?
  • What are the synergies between health education and development education?  How can DE widen the debate on health?
  • What can we learn about healthcare from the global South?  Are their case studies of good practice that can be incorporated into DE practice?
  • How can DE foster health solidarity and a sharing of practice between the global North and South?
  • What is the cause of COVID-19 and how do we prevent future pandemics?

Authors interested in submitting an article to Issue 34 should send a 300-word abstract to journal editor, Stephen McCloskey, by Friday, 29 October 2021.  Please email: stephen@centreforglobaleducation.com.  The submission date for commissioned articles is Friday, 10 December 2021.  

Article Types

There are four kinds of article published in Policy and Practice

  • Focus articles are peer reviewed, between 3,500 and 6,000 words, and should have a strong critical and theoretical analysis of their topic. 
  • Perspectives articles which are 2,000 – 4,000 words in length and more descriptive, addressing an aspect of development education practice. 
  • Viewpoint articles which are 2,000 – 4,000 words in length and opinion pieces on burning issues related to DE policy and practice. 
  • 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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Submitting abstracts and articles

  • Focus articles are subject to full peer review.
  • Expressions of interest (via email) accepted until 05 November 2021.
  • Deadline for article submissions, 10 December 2021.
  • Informal enquiries are welcome, and submissions at any time ahead of the deadlines is welcome.
  • Submission notes for authors are available here.

Policy and Practice is funded by Irish Aid.

Please note that the ideas and comments expressed in this Call for Contributors and Policy and Practice are entirely the responsibility of the Centre for Global Education and do not necessarily represent the views of Irish Aid.


For further information contact:
Stephen McCloskey
Centre for Global Education
9 University Street

Tel: (0044) 2890 241879
E-mail: stephen@centreforglobaleducation.com
Web: www.centreforglobaleducation.com 
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September 2021