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.

Strategic Societal Engagement: Multidisciplinary Approaches toward the Alleviation of Poverty
Submit your paper here!  Despite the progress of humanity over the last several centuries, poverty remains an ongoing societal challenge amongst the global community (Amato & Zuo, 1992; Foster,…
Community, the Environment, and Social Justice
Introduction: This special issue brings together authors working in the field of criminology and related disciplines that explore the intersection of the environment and communities. Papers in the…
Nothing about us without us: participatory design application in social marketing
Overview Social marketing has long been hailed as a consumer centric alternative to the expert-led, top-down approaches that have traditionally dominated health promotion and public policy (Lefebvre…
Participatory Approaches in Ageing Research: Studying Health and Care with Older Adults
 Introduction The inclusion of older people as co-creators of the research process is a relatively new concept comprising a number of approaches like “inclusive research”, “user-led research”, “…
Nexus Between Design, Technology, Engineering and Management Issues in the delivery of sustainable and resilient infrastructure (SRI) projects
Overview of the special issue Infrastructure development is key to the achievement of sustainable development goals. Its impact on economic growth as a direct contributor to GDP and as a catalyst…
Problematizing development and education for sustainability
Introduction  ‘Education for Sustainability’ (EfS) refers to the arena of studies and policy discourse that emerged rather abruptly into the mainstream in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Rooted in…
Inclusive Pedagogies and Services
How do we create cultures of inclusivity in libraries where librarians not only value inclusive principles, but enact them in meaningful ways? Reference Services Review (RSR) seeks abstract proposals…
New Perspectives on Women’s Entrepreneurship in China
Introduction: This special issue highlights new forms, experiences, and meanings of women's entrepreneurship in China from a critical gender perspective. Chinese women have been actively…
Out in the Field with Bruno Latour
Introduction: Bruno Latour and Steve Woolgar were among the most successful social scientists in bringing anthropological methods to organization studies in their Laboratory Life (1979/1986).…
Liberating disaster studies
Overview Is it possible to liberate disaster studies? Do disaster studies, as discipline, practice and field of enquiry need to be liberated? And from what? Stemming from the urgent call to…

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.

Download the infographic

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.
Fairer society
Real impact

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.
Fairer society
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.
Fairer society

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.

Fairer society

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.
Real impact
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’.
Fairer society

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.
Fairer society

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.
Fairer society

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.

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.