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Policy and Practice Issue 30 Call for Contributors

The Centre for Global Education invites contributions to Issue 30 of our bi-annual, peer reviewed, open access journal Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review.  The theme of Issue 30 is ‘Development Education and Climate Change’ and will debate how DE can contribute to the elevated public consciousness and activism on this most critical of issues.  Authors interested in submitting an article should send a 300-word abstract to journal editor, Stephen McCloskey, by Friday, 25 October 2019. Please email: The submission date for commissioned articles is Friday, 6 December 2019.  Full details of the call are available here.

Article Types

There are four kinds of article published in Policy and PracticeFocus articles are peer reviewed, between 3,500 and 6,000 words, and should have a strong critical analysis of their topic.  The second is a Perspectives article which is 2,000 – 4,000 words in length and is normally more descriptive, addressing an aspect of practice.  Viewpoint articles are designed to provoke debate a given topic and more subjective in the presentation of their argument.  Resource review articles are 1,000-2,000 words in length and offer an opinion of a new book, film, teaching resource or online site on development issues.

Latest Issues

Policy and Practice Issue 28 has been published and is available online

Issue 28 of the journal was published in Spring 2019 on the theme ‘The Development, Conflict and Security Nexus: Theory and Practice’ and was a special joint issue published in partnership with the Development Studies Association Ireland (DSAI).  In his Guest Editorial, Gerard McCann (a member of the journal Editorial Group and the DSAI Board) emphasised the important role of education in challenging the gravitation of development toward the security and economic interests of donor states.  He argued that: ‘Across the globe, with security at the forefront of governmental action, education has remained a counter-balance in an attempt to build peaceful interdependent societies’.  A total of 11 articles was published in this issue including an interview with Robert Fisk, the Middle-East correspondent with the London Independent.  The interview was carried out as part of a documentary for RTE’s What in the World? series and series producer, Peadar King (KMF productions), gave permission to the journal for use of the transcription in Issue 28.

Policy and Practice Issue 27 has been published and is available online

Issues 27 of the Centre for Global Education's bi-annual, peer reviewed bi-annual journal, Policy & Practice: A Development Education Review, has been published and is now available online. The theme of this issue is The Development, Conflict and Security Nexus: Theory and Practice

Issue 27 of Policy and Practice is on the theme ‘Rethinking Critical Approaches to Global and Development Education’ and argues that critical approaches to education are rooted in the Freirean tradition of critical pedagogy and for decades have pushed back against mainstream liberal – and more recently neoliberal - approaches.  Critical pedagogy remains as important today as it ever was and has fostered fruitful strategies for challenging the presumed inevitability of capitalism as an economic system, and resisting its influence on education systems.  As Guest Editor, Sharon Stein, suggests: ‘It has also been the subject of feminist, post-colonial, and post-structural engagements that consider its potential limitations and circularities alongside its potentially transformative gifts’.  Stein argues that there ‘is much value in reframing and reclaiming critical traditions in order to consider their implications for our own time’ and the contributors to this issue of the journal have sought to do that.  For example, Gertrude Cotter and  Eilish Dillon have revisited critical pedagogy in their ‘distinct but complementary contributions’ in the context of the development education sector in Ireland.  But rather than debate a particular tradition of critique, Stein’s Editorial takes a ‘step back’ and considers ‘whether any single arsenal of educational tools – including liberal and critical approaches – can adequately equip us to respond generatively, strategically, and ethically to the complex local and global challenges that we currently face’. She argues that ‘it is crucial that we prepare students with the self-reflexivity, intellectual curiosity, historical memory, and deep sense of responsibility they will need in order to collectively navigate an uncertain future for which there are no clear roadmaps’. 

Contact details for the journal

For further information on the journal contact:
Stephen McCloskey,
Centre for Global Education,
9 University Street, Belfast BT7 1FY
Tel: (0044) 2890 241879

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