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. 

Martin Whiteford, Publishing development manager, fairer society

Our goals: Fairer society | Healthier lives | Responsible management | Quality education for all |  Sustainable structures and infrastructures

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.


Volunteerism for a fairer society

This mission highlights research and learning that explores the impact of volunteerism on individual, societal, and planetary well-being.

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Calls for papers

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

Navigating Diversity: Multicultural Education in Divisive Times
Introduction In times marked by heightened social and political divisions, the imperative for multicultural education is more pronounced than ever. This special issue aims to explore the…
Re-embodying academia: Gender, embodiment and higher education
Submit your paper here! Introduction This special issue seeks to explore the multifaceted experiences of gendered bodies in academia, against the backdrop of the growing trends of neoliberalization…
Warfare and War Studies submissions welcome!
The Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research is welcoming submissions on the topic of Warfare and War Studies. About the topic Warfare has been a defining aspect of human history, shaping…
Unseating Western Hegemonies in Contextualised Research on Gender and Entrepreneurship
Submit your paper here! Introduction We invite submissions to this Special Issue of IJGE dedicated to examining and analyzing topics of gender and entrepreneurship based on non-western, as well as…
Faith and Non-Faith Worldviews in Understanding Family Relationships
Submit your paper here  Introduction The special issue emerges as an important initiative that pinpoints not only contemporary sociological discussions but also emerging social phenomena…
Soldier Victim
Submit your paper here! Introduction This special issue of the Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research remit will aim to highlight the diverse forms of harm experienced by military…
The informal economy and digital labour platforms: Opportunities, risks, and challenges for workers
Submit your paper here  Introduction  Most existing literature on digital labour platforms (DLPs) focuses attention on the effects of DLPs on formal employment, highlighting processes of…
Methodological Frontiers for Intersectional Theorizing: Advancing Qualitative Approaches for Research in Labour and Organizations
Submit your paper here! Introduction This Special Issue is interested in showcasing the innovative possibilities offered by feminist and intersectional research practices, with the aim of providing…
Metaverse and organizations: Perspectives from emerging economies
Submit your paper here! Introduction Metaverse is the convergence of physical and digital universes, where users can seamlessly traverse between them for working, education and training, health,…
Fostering Social Innovation within Ecosystems: The Role of Public Policy
Submit your paper here! Introduction The idea that innovative social action can create social value beyond the capability of existing systems (Adams and Hess, 2010) has become an object of huge…

Black youth aspirations

Black Youth Aspirations: Imagined Futures and Transitions into Adulthood, by Botshabelo Maja.

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.

Download the infographic

Fairer society open access content

About the research

Explore freely available research to read, download, and share, that 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.

News & press

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

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Emerald Publishing shortlisted for the IPG’s Alison Morrison Diversity Award

Emerald Publishing is delighted to announce it’s been shortlisted for the 2024 Independent Publishing Awards, Alison Morrison Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award.
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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.
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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’.

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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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

Dr Martin Whiteford

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.