New Knowledge in the New Horizon: Exploring Transdisciplinary Qualitative Research in the Global South



The special issue aims to disseminate new and innovative qualitative transdisciplinary conceptual models drawn from a wide range of discipline-based studies: Business, Education, Language, and Sociology from within the Global South region.

The special issue is aimed to provide qualitative researchers and practitioners with how qualitative transdisciplinary methodologies are conducted and contextualised by Global South knowledge practices. The SI is expected to highlight the use of qualitative research pursued in the Global South region (e.g.; South East Asia) within a diverse intercultural and multilingual context. 

Despite the traction of qualitative research in the recent years, there is still ample growth space for discussion of transdisciplinary qualitative research in social science studies conducted in and contoured by the Global South region.

While knowledge from the Global North cases are abundant within the qualitative domain, this special issue provides a platform for researchers primarily within the Global South context to share their practices, experiences and challenges in using qualitative methods within a wide scope of conceptual frameworks and broader innovations in qualitative research studies. 

In keeping with the aims of the journal this special issue seeks to approach new knowledge through the interpretivist lens and share insights into the practices of qualitative research of practitioners from the Global South from diverse fields of research that utilise qualitative transdisciplinary approaches.

This special issue aims to create 3 societal impacts, which also aligning with Emerald’s Quality Education for All Goals.
SDG 4 Quality education – the Covid pandemic posed tremendous challenges in the contemporary education landscape.

This special issue will reveal some possible transdisciplinary solutions to overcome these challenges. SDG 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions – This special issue will promote and demonstrate conceptual frameworks and broader innovations in qualitative research studies adaption following the pandemic era.
SDG 8.

This special issue will share sin-depth narratives stories about qualitative methodological adaptation in the context of adversary conditions experienced in the Global South

List of Topic Areas:

  • Interpretivist entrepreneurial mindset studies,
  • Sustainable ESG business practices,
  • Innovative learning pedagogies, andragogies, and heutagogies,
  • Reflective language learning, post-pandemic behaviourial change in the tourism and leisure industry.

Through the inclusion of articles from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, this special issue will foster a diversified understanding of the qualitative methodological approaches that are less visited in the Global South. It will shed light on the innovative ways in which qualitative research is pursued, adapted, and refined within the region, emphasizing the critical role played by contextual factors, cultural nuances, and linguistic diversity.

Overall, this special issue proposal holds immense topicality, as it addresses the need to disseminate new and innovative qualitative transdisciplinary conceptual models originating from within the Global South. By focusing on the contextualization of research methodologies within local knowledge practices and intercultural/multilingual contexts, it aims to enrich the academic discourse, inspire further investigations, and promote a deeper understanding of the unique perspectives and insights offered by the Global South. For example, the unity of indigenous people in Sabah and Sarawak to promote inclusive and oneness Malaysian concept in the capital Kuala Lumpur provides good insight into sustainable mindset in tourism promotion. 

Guest Editors: 

Professor Brian Wong Kee Mun,  Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus, Malaysia,  [email protected] 
 Associate Professor Dr Hugh Leong, Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus, Malaysia, [email protected]
 Associate Professor Dr Fung Chorng Yuan,  Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus, Malaysia, [email protected]

 Dr. Melinda Kong, Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus, Malaysia, [email protected]

Submissions Information:

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Authors should select (from the drop-down menu) the special issue title at the appropriate step in the submission process, i.e. in response to ““Please select the issue you are submitting to”. 

Submitted articles must not have been previously published, nor should they be under consideration for publication anywhere else, while under review for this journal.

Key Deadlines:

Closing date for abstract submission: 1st of October, 2023 
Email for submissions:  [email protected]

Opening date for manuscripts submissions: 1st of October, 2023
Closing date for manuscripts submission: 1st of March, 2024