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.


Trust: for a fairer society

This mission brings together perspectives on the human ability to form bonds and work together, based on shared values and mutual respect to achieve a common purpose.

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Calls for papers

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

Digitizing Food Supply Chains: A Path to Ensuring Food Security
Special Issue: Digitizing Food Supply Chains: A Path to Ensuring Food Security Covid-19 and the war in Ukraine have highlighted food security issues on a global scale. Prior to the onset of Covid-19…
Entrepreneurship and inequality in emerging economies
Introduction Entrepreneurship may contribute to improving economic growth and development by reducing inequality and exclusion (Apetrei et al., 2019; Auguste, 2021). In many emerging economies,…
Call for Papers: Feminist Approaches to Gender and Entrepreneurship research
Submit your paper here! Introduction “Feminism, as a theoretical perspective and social movement, seeks to reduce and ultimately eradicate, sexist inequality and oppression” (Bell et al 2020: 177…
Envisioning the future of computational methods applied to engineering and sciences
Submit your paper here! Introduction This special issue is associated with the ECCOMAS Young Investigators Congress 2023. High quality and promising research topics will be shared in this event,…
New developments in U.S. agricultural lending: Implications for the federal farm bill programs
Introduction This issue aims to provide timely insights into how the current agricultural credit and financial landscape is relevant for ongoing discussions about the next Farm Bill cycle, which…
The common good in construction
Overview of the special issue This issue will collate research on improving people’s health, safety, and well-being in construction. The issue is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals 3…
Women & Gulf cities: The transformative impact of women influencing the architectural and urban developments of the Gulf region
Introduction The Gulf region has witnessed unprecedented urbanization and development in recent years, promising new opportunities for more integrated and balanced work cultures. However, women's…
Digital entrepreneurial finance and new approaches to venture funding
Submit your paper here! Introduction Over the last decades, thanks to a continuous process of digitalization, the financial industry has been assisting to the advent and growth of new providers…
Linguistic profiling and implications for career development
Introduction Current career literature examines systemic barriers that diverse individuals encounter and some of the contextual factors that enable or hinder their career progression. However, there…
Food (in)Security and international trade law and policy
Submit! Overview Today, 828 million people, that is close to 10% of the world’s population – still suffer from hunger. After steadily declining for a decade, world hunger is once again on the rise…

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

The mediating effect of trust on consumer behaviour in social media marketing environments

Mr Aloka Karunasingha and Professor Nalin Abeysekera ask how social media marketing strategies use the concept of trust to influence consumers’ online behaviour.
Fairer society

Reframing Fox: The continuing impact of 'Beyond Contract' and 'Man Mismanagement' 50 years on

In their blog, Andy Hodder and Michael Gold discuss the work of Alan Fox and the influence it has on both the teaching and research of British industrial (or employment) relations.
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Philosophy, transport and fairness: the right not to drive?

Bettina Lange, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands / Nottingham, UK discusses how philosophy and transport don’t go together – or do they? Philosophy analyses assumptions and helps us rethink them.
Fairer society

The trust factor in social media marketing

Mr. Aloka Karunasingha, and Prof Nalin Abeysekera discuss how trust impacts online purchasing, social motivation, trust, and online purchase intentions and the practical implications for the fashion industry.
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Healthier lives

Establishing trust in hybrid work – the role of people and technology

Kathrin Kirchner, Christine Ipsen, Anne Pedersen, Mejse Hasle Nielsen and Kasper Edwards discuss building trust between colleagues working in different locations, as well as trusting the technology we use to facilitate hybrid working.
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Leaving no one behind: closing the technology gap in Africa

Olufemi Omitoyin discusses how a digital divide, which is either economic (lack of internet access as a result of it being too expensive) or geographic (lack of access resulting from inadequate internet distribution within the region) has been created between Africa and the rest of the world.

News & press

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

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Emerald shortlisted in the British Book Awards 2023

Emerald Publishing is delighted to announce that it has been shortlisted for Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year in the annual British Book Awards.
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Emerald collaborates with SAGE to amplify the contributions of women on Wikipedia

Emerald has teamed up with SAGE Publishing to increase the representation and public profile of women in social and behavioural sciences on Wikipedia.
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Emerald launches its 2022 Global Inclusivity Report

Emerald Publishing has launched its second global inclusivity report to understand academic perceptions and experiences of inclusion.
Fairer society

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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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’.
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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.

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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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.