Our goal for a fairer society

We are passionate about working with researchers globally to deliver a fairer, more inclusive society. This perhaps has never been more important than in today’s divided world.

So, our goal as a leading publisher of impactful research is to help create a society that is just, inclusive and embracing of all without any barriers to participation based on sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, ethnicity, age, class or ability, where there is access to healthcare and education, technology, justice, strong institutions, peace and security, social protection, decent work and housing. 

Jen McCall, Publishing Development Manager, Fairer society

Our goals: Fairer society | Healthier lives | Responsible management | Quality education for all

If you're an author or researcher, or someone who cares as much as we do, we would love to work with you, and help your research make real change happen towards a fairer, more inclusive society. Get in touch.


Our goal to achieve a fairer society

We champion research towards creating a society that’s fair & inclusive, where there’s access to healthcare, education, technology, justice, social protection, work, good housing & peace.


Future of work

Our digital age was already reshaping the world of work before COVID-19 led to radical changes in workplace practices. Many people have been disproportionately impacted leaving uncertainty as to what the future holds. Read/watch our latest research, blogs, video and infographic.

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Calls for papers

Browse the latest calls for papers in the area of fairer society.

Authors of papers for 'Emerging Peace Research' special issue
Submission details  To submit your article to JACPR's special issue on Emerging Peace Research please follow these steps: Go to the JACPR ScholarOne page (create an account if you do not already…
Chasing Truth and (Re)Conciliation: Navigating Contexts, Tensions, Limits and Possibilities
Background Since the 1970s, many governments have been forced to address the demands of thousands of victims of historical systemic violence. Commissions in search of the truth and considering means…
We Are Here (Estamos Aquí): Researching the Latinx Work Experience in the U.S.
Overview There are now more than 60.9 million Latinx[1]-identified individuals in the U.S., making up more than 18.5% of the population, and trending to be approximately 30% by 2050. Yet this…
Women’s Careers in the 21st Century: New Perspectives and Insights
Overview Current literature on women’s careers, work opportunities and experiences has examined diverse individual and contextual factors that enable or hinder their respective career progression and…
Productive employment in rural farm and non-farm sectors in sub-Saharan Africa
Job creation is one of the drivers of poverty alleviation and food security. In rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa, the farm sector has long been the main job provider. A number of theoretical and…
CyberSystemic implications on the future of societies
With this Special Issue, we aim to discuss CyberSystemics and its effects on the future development of the societies. The CyberSystemic tools are proposed on different levels: the theoretical…
Special Issue — Beyond Digital Youth: Understanding the Contexts and Consequences of Youth’s Digital Experiences
In 2006, the MacArthur Foundation launched a $50 million initiative to help determine how digital media are changing the way young people learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life. The…
Driving impact through responsible investing
Background: In recent times, we have seen significant developments in responsible investing. First, the uptake of ESG criteria in finance and business in general has seen unprecedented acceleration[…
Digital Language Archives
The Electronic Library is currently accepting submissions for a special issue on “Digital Language Archives.” The special issue aims to provide the first publication that focuses on various aspects…
Gender, Entrepreneurship and the Digital Divide: A Global Perspective
Submissions deadline: 30th June 2022 Overview The concepts and terms defining the thrust of this special issue, i.e. gender, entrepreneurship (Berger et al., 2021), the digital divide (Bowen &…

Black youth aspirations

Black Youth Aspirations: Imagined Futures and Transitions into Adulthood, by Botshabelo Maja, is a new book due to publish early November.

Watch the author's video for an overview of the book, and see the infographic, below, highlighting a new conceptual framework introduced in the book.

The OATS framework

OATS (objects, agency, tools and spaces) – a new conceptual framework – looks at how the mechanisms behind the capacity to aspire manifest themselves in working- to middle-class South African youths. It builds on the groundbreaking research by anthropologist Arjun Appadurai on ways in which Mumbai slum dwellers try to lift themselves out of poverty.

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Fairer society gateway

This gateway sits on our open access platform, Emerald Open Research. All research published within the gateway is freely available to read, download and share.

About this gateway

This gateway focuses on the creation of a just, inclusive society without any barriers to participation.

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Opinions & blogs

We welcome contributions from academics, policymakers and professionals about key issues in their area of work. If you have a blog you would like to share, let us know.

Fairer society

A new study kicks off – how hybrid-remote work challenges trust, collaboration, and fairness

Dr. Christine Ipsen, Dr. Kathrin Kirchner, and Dr. Kasper Edwards discuss how hybrid-remote work challenges trust, collaboration and fairness.

Fairer society

How can we make editorial boards more diverse?

A perspective from Emerald Publishing by Sally Wilson, Publishing Director - There aren’t necessarily any quick fixes that will make editorial boards more diverse, but we must move forward regardless and mostly through less talk and more action.

Fairer society

What is preventing diversity on editorial boards?

Rania Sawalhi, Gonzalo Díaz Meneses, and Sombo Muzata share their thoughts of what is preventing diversity in editorial boards and what more can be done to make them more effective.

Fairer society

Policies for supporting women entrepreneurs in developing countries: the case of Tanzania

Women entrepreneurs are becoming the fastest-growing entrepreneurial population in the world, with women’s entrepreneurship in developing countries spearheading this growth.

Fairer society

What can management history tell us about the future of work

The gig economy is demonstrably redefining work by increasing the number and variety of available work choices and attracting those seeking work flexibility and the opportunity to work limited hours.

Fairer society

The gig economy is inclusive

The gig economy is demonstrably redefining work by increasing the number and variety of available work choices and attracting those seeking work flexibility and the opportunity to work limited hours.


News & press

Below we have a collection of news articles centred around aspects of a fairer society.

Fairer society
Healthier lives

Why mental health services are failing people of colour in the UK

Counselling psychologist Dr Richard Majors talks candidly about racism towards Black mental health professionals and the impact racism has on mental health services for the Black community, particularly Black Males.

Real impact
Fairer society

Emerald changes peer review terminology to be more inclusive for all

From September, we're updating all our author guidelines and journal homepages on our peer review policies. In line with recent updates from fellow publishers, we'll endeavour to no longer include the term(s) ‘single blind’ or ‘double blind’ in our guidance and will instead use ‘single anonymous’ or ‘double anonymous’.

Fairer society

Emerald Publishing shortlisted for the Independent Publishers Guild Alison Morrison Diversity Award

We’re honoured to have been shortlisted for the 2021 Independent Publishing Awards, Alison Morrison Diversity Award, which recognises efforts being made to make our industry more diverse and inclusive, both internally, and through the content that is published.

Fairer society

Tackling the issue of under-representation of women in teaching cases

Emerald Publishing has launched a second global case writing competition in partnership with The Case For Women, Forté and MBA Roundtable, in a mission to address the serious issue of gender inequality in the teaching material that is currently available to business schools throughout the world.

Fairer society

Emerald Publishing steps up to tackle decline in research output from women in research during Covid pandemic

To mark International Women’s Day, Emerald Publishing has launched a support network through its Engage platform to help women in research overcome the challenges in conducting research that have been exacerbated through the Covid pandemic.

Fairer society

Gender equality: progress has slowed for women academics

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Jennifer Charlson, Senior Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton, calls attention to how the Covid-19 pandemic has uniquely affected women, and specifically women academics. On a hopeful note, she shares her efforts as an Athena Swan Lead to support and transform gender equality within higher education and research.


Other resources

Browse our other offerings below.

Case studies

Global teaching materials to engage and inspire. Students can test their assumptions and decision-making skills about real world problems.

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Expert Briefings

We've teamed up with Oxford Analytica to deliver Expert Briefings through Emerald Insight. Read unbiased analyses on world events and their potential political, social and economic effects here.

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Emerald Engage

Join thought leaders in your field to share views, exchange ideas, get advice and make connections.

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ScienceOpen Collection

We've partnered with ScienceOpen to create a fairer society collection that will be updated regularly to reflect our latest mission-related content. 

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Your publishing development team

Jen McCall

I’m the Publishing Development Manager for A Fairer Society, working across Emerald’s publishing programs for SDG-related research focussed on building a just and inclusive society. I am also responsible for Emerald’s Open Research Gateway for The Digital World.  

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Dr Wendy M Purcell Phd FRSA – Goal advisor

Dr Wendy Purcell is an Academic Research Scholar with Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University since 2016. Her purpose lies in transforming lives through education and research in pursuit of social equity, the knowledge economy and sustainable development. She leads research on global leadership and governance for sustainable transformation in higher education and in various business sectors, directs the Sustainable Development Solutions Group and is Lead Faculty of ENVR-118c Pursuing Sustainability. Wendy is an Emeritus Professor and was President Vice-Chancellor of a UK university (2007–2015), taking it to the top 1% of world universities and 1st 'green' UK university. She is a Council Member of the United Nations University, Governing Board Member EELISA of the European University and Member of the Association of American Universities and Colleges. Wendy has authored over 100-publications and is busy writing books on sustainability and the SDGs and the role of higher education in advancing a world where no one is left behind.