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. 

Florence Theberge, 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.


Fairness across generations

This mission explores intergenerational inequalities and ways to re-establish the balance for a more equitable landscape across generations.

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Calls for papers

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

Dual Diagnosis in Older Adults
Introduction   Our annual themed issue of Advances in Dual Diagnosis will focus on issues surrounding understanding and/or addressing dual diagnosis (co-occurring substance use and mental health…
Reconceptualising the Inter/national subject: Unsettling Equality and Interculturality in HE
Introduction  The proposed special issue will create a space for dialogue to critically examine unproblematised notions of internationalisation, mobility, global citizenship, and equity in higher…
Robotic Bin-picking
Introduction  This special issue is focused on robotic bin-picking which will be a key technology in industry 4.0, promising increased flexibility and less dependence on mechanical jigs and fixtures…
Paradigm Shift Towards Sustainable Resilient Built Environment
Guest Editors: Dr Chandanie Hadiwattege Department of Building Economics, Faculty of Architecture, University of Moratuwa, Katubedda, 10400, Sri Lanka. Email: [email protected]   Dr Nirodha…
Gender and Entrepreneurial Family Business – Decision-Making, Agency and Empowerment
Introduction  This special issue takes the next step by evaluating how the context of family business supports women in their agency and decision-making, and empowers them. We aim to attract papers…
Overcoming Barriers to Employee Ownership
Introduction The literature on employee ownership documents many advantages of employee ownership. This is related to the strong identification of the employee with the company, which promotes…
Journal of European Real Estate Research – Open Call for Papers and Special Issue Proposals
Context The Journal of European Real Estate Research (JERER), launched in 2008, is published in partnership with the European Real Estate Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting…
Journal of Property, Planning and Environmental Law – Open Call for Papers and Special Issue Proposals
Context The Journal of Property, Planning and Environmental Law publishes original legal research contributions for the benefit of scholars, policy makers and practitioners in these areas, including…
Accounting as technical, social and moral practice for shaping a better world
This Special Issue is concerned with accounting as a combined technical, social and moral practice with an overarching concern for shaping a better world from tomorrow, including by means of the…
Sharing sky high stories – A narrative research approach addressing the law of concerns, complaints, and conflict in multi-unit residential developments
Guest Editor: Dr. Rebecca Leshinsky, RMIT University, Australia, [email protected] Overview Sharing sky high stories is a special issue for the Journal of Property, Planning and…

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.

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We do not shape our lives as isolated individuals, but embedded in intergenerational relations

More than half of the world's children grow up in Asia, a continent of rapid economic and social change. Undoubtedly, there are many differences and inequalities in the conditions of growing up in Asia’s various countries, regions and among social groups.
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Lock Out: Generational inequalities of housing tenure and housing type

Braam Lowies explores generational differences in property tenure and type with Australia as background.
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Whose perceptions, whose expectations? Taking a new look at intergenerational fairness

Until fairly recently, it was the general expectation that each generation would be better off than their parents’ generation. That no longer seems to be the case and social mobility has gone into reverse.
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"How do I do this?": exploring an ageing population and digital exclusion

Older adults – the silver generation – have much to gain from adopting technology in their daily living and wellbeing. Yet as with most electronic gadgets and digital technology, the adoption rate among this demographic group is often the lowest.
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Generations in the workplace? Please, don't go there

In his blog, David Costanza, The George Washington University, highlights that If we want to increase fairness and create a more inclusive society, we need to move past generations and generational thinking.
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Fairness across generations

In her key editorial blog, Wendy Purcell, Goal Advisor for the Fairer Society, makes a call to action: start working now on building a fairer society for all our generations.

News & press

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

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Emerald Publishing announces commissioning focus on Indigenous communities as part of its Power of diverse voices campaign

Emerald Publishing has announced that this year it will have an increased focus on commissioning Indigenous research to play its part in tackling the challenges, inequalities and injustices Indigenous communities face.
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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.

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.