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.


Human flourishing in a fairer society

Human flourishing is a concept at the core of the SDG declaration and their aim to ensure that "all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity, equality, and in a healthy environment."

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Calls for papers

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

Ethical Marketing: Business Ethical Practices and Consumers’ Ethical Behaviour
Previous studies have examined a plethora of factors (Nguyen et al., 2016; 2017) providing very interesting evidence. However, the marketing insights published in academic journals do not seem to…
The role of social dialogue in return to work after chronic illness
Introduction  Chronic illness affects a large and growing number of workers globally and the challenges posed by chronic health conditions are well documented, for employees, organisations,…
“You Can’t Racelight Critical Race Theory!”
Editorial Team: William A. Smith, University of Utah, USA Laurence Parker, University of Utah, USA Overview Critical race theory is being discredited by politically conservative movements and…
Digital Transformation of Healthcare and Finance
Introduction  Healthcare and financial industries continue to be the breeding grounds of disruptive technologies and their novel applications. The technologies such as blockchain, fintech, and…
European Perspectives on Safeguarding Older People: Voice, Choice, and Control
Introduction This is an open call for papers that explore aspects of involvement and participation in adult safeguarding, as well as related areas (e.g. co-production, vulnerability, human rights…
Exploring Entrepreneurship Policy in a Global Context: A gender perspective
Introduction  Women are less likely to be entrepreneurs than men in most countries around the globe, and they tend to start smaller and less dynamic businesses than their male counterparts (GEM,…
Reimaging and Contextualising Women’s Entrepreneurship in Asia
Entrepreneurial activity is considered as the driving force for modern economies and societal development through both economic growth and the generation of employment, and the promotion of…
Accounting for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Managing effective corporate contributions
This special issue aims at collecting innovative, path-breaking papers with rigorous arguments, analyses and concepts on the role accounting can or does play to help management to make substantive,…
Covid-19 and the Control of Humans and Society
Aims and Topics This special issue aims to select papers highlighting the sanitary, social, and political policies and tools used to prevent the Covid-19 pandemic and its social, economic, political…
Consumer Financial Resilience
Literally, resilience refers to the capability to recover quickly from difficulties. Financial resilience then means the capability to recover quickly from financial difficulties. In the current…

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

Is there enough support available for female academics from BAME backgrounds?

Dr Yaz Osho talks about the need to amplify academics of colour voices and the impact of universities’ colonial legacy on curricula and frame.
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Let’s be more intentional about building flourishing work communities as an on-ramp for building a better society

Heloisa Jardim, Research Manager, SHINE, Harvard discusses how our social connections are essential to us thriving.
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Healthy and healing environments

Dr. Theo J.M. van der Voordt, Associate professor in Corporate Real Estate and Facilities Management discusses the impact of the built environment on our health and wellbeing.
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Inclusivity in action – all set to music!

John Osborne and Dr Mathew Nyashanu argue that inclusive community singing plays a pivotal role in enhancing social value, relationships, health and wellbeing.
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Remarkable lives

Jerome Carson Professor of Psychology at the University of Bolton, discusses his series of over 30 papers, which show how many people overcome huge personal adversity in their lives.
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How are citation metrics marginalising knowledge in developing countries?

Primarily using citation metrics can marginalise knowledge in developing countries. We hear from Dr Kezia H. Mkwizu and Dr Janet C Kimeto on their experience of metrics, their limitations and opportunities.

News & press

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

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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’.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Happy International Women's Day 2021: women in supply chain management

The idea of an International Women’s day was first introduced at a meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1910. Back then, the discussion had a substantial and close connection to revolutionary activities and therefore also to class

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

Florence Theberge

I am the Publishing Development Manager for A fairer society, working across Emerald’s publishing programs for SDG-related research focused on building a just and inclusive society 'where no one is left behind'. I am also the lead contact for the Fairer society’s gateway on Emerald’s Open Research Platform.   

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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.