Reimagining Gang Research without the Police: Moving the Field Forward in the Era of “Defund the Police”

Call for papers for: Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research

Call for Papers for Special Issue


Guest Editors: Matthew Valasik, Shannon E. Reid, and Jason Gravel

This special issue of Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research aims to provide a forum for scholars to critically assess the relationships between the police and street gang research, highlight approaches to gang violence research and/or interventions independent from law enforcement data, and reimagine the field in a post-defunding the police era.  The special issue will include review articles and empirical papers focusing on several avenues to improve research on gang violence.

We welcome submissions to this special issue. Topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Schools
  • Social network analysis
  • Social media
  • International/comparative perspective
  • Qualitative/Ethnographic approaches
  • Public Health/Medical approaches


Deadline and submission details

The submission deadline for all papers is 7th December 2020

Articles should be between 5,000 and 6,000 words in length. This includes all text, for example, the structured abstract, references, all text in tables, and figures and appendices. Each figure or table counts as 350 words.

Conference papers will be considered for publication in this special issue. To submit your research, please visit:

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If you have questions about this special issue, please contact the Guest Editors:

Matthew Valasik ([email protected]), Shannon E. Reid ([email protected]), and Jason Gravel ([email protected])