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Call for Papers: JPD Open Issue, Volume 13, Issue 3

With Visiting Editor: Kevin Clements, University of Otago

JPD is a tri-annual refereed journal providing a forum for critical thinking and constructive action at the intersections of conflict, development and peace

The Journal of Peacebuilding and Development (JPD) is a tri-annual refereed journal providing a forum for critical thinking and constructive action at the intersections of conflict, development and peace. JPD is calling for papers for the special issue Volume 13, Issue 3 to be published in December 2018.

Authoritarian populism and atavistic nationalism create momentous challenges for the global community of states, challenging the rule-based systems upon which it is based and altering existing social and political dynamics. The Trump presidency, Brexit vote, and similarly motivated movements in continental Europe, Asia and beyond, are creating a permissive environment for authoritarian tendencies and extremist ideologies through a rejection of traditional elites and the negative effects of neoliberal economic practices—including unemployment, rising inequality and labour migration. This rejection, which often includes turning away from multilateral institutions and agreements and traditional diplomatic approaches, has significant global implications. Academics and practitioners of peacebuilding and development have a particular responsibility to engage these dynamics – to understand, interpret and share analysis on the historical trajectories and dynamics of what is occurring, particularly in an era where social media is challenging taken for granted truths, values and many progressive norms. This special issue seeks to support this, engaging with questions such as:

The following types of submissions will be considered:

  • What are the root causes of these populist and nationalist movements? In what ways are international past and current economic and political policy choices responsible?
  • How do existing global institutions for peacebuilding and development contribute to and challenge these trends?
  • How can progressive forces protect the developmental, human rights and political achievements of the 21st century in the face of deliberate efforts to subvert them?
  • How are global and local efforts at peacebuilding and development impacted by these trends, and what promising practices are arising to address the divisions and inspire new pathways?
  • How might “agonism” and conflict transformation theory and practice deal with polarised societies and what Oliver Ramsbotham has called “radical disagreement”? How do we generate creative dialogue across these boundaries of deep cultural and political difference?
  • What are the implications of the unraveling of “enlightenment principles” and these fundamental challenges to pluralist democratic theory, for our efforts to prevent violent conflict, and achieve and sustain peace?

All submissions should be made via the following site:, and in MSWord format. Any diagrams and maps should be submitted in .JPEG, .EPS or .TIFF format. Tables may appear in the text, but do not apply frames or tints. Copyright of articles published in the Journal rests with the publisher. Please see How to Submit for more information.

Submission deadline: Authors are advised to send abstracts only by CfP deadline of 11 January 18. They should be 250-500 words, and indicate if intention is a full article (7000 words) or briefing (2500 words). Full submissions that miss this deadline may be considered up until 28 February 2018 depending on space, and can still be referred to future issues. To submit: You will be required to open an account and upload your abstract as a new submission. You will be asked to submit your abstract in a text field (word limited), and are also required to submit a main document which should contain the following information: title; author contact details (mailing, phone, email); bio; keywords; full abstract. All submissions should be made on the T&F website:

Please send inquiries, subject heading JPD V13N3 - Abstract Submission to: