Social Inclusion, Journal:Social Inclusion, Info:Social Inclusion is a quarterly peer-reviewed open access journal, which provides academics and policy-makers with a forum to discuss and promote a more socially inclusive society.

Open Access Journal | ISSN: 2183-2803

With our Special Issues we intended to draw the attention of researchers, policy-makers, scientists and the general public to some of the topics of highest relevance. Scholars interested in guest editing a Special Issue of Social Inclusion are kindly invited to contact the Editorial Office of the journal.

Published Special Issues

Published special issues are available here.

Title: Educating Nomadic People

Guest Editor: Dr. Caroline Dyer, School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds, UK; E-Mail:

Deadline for Abstracts: 5 December 2014
Deadline for Full Papers: 5 June 2015
Publication of the Special Issue: January 2016

Information: Policy discourses of the Education For All movement (UNESCO, 2010) see education inclusion as a proxy for social inclusion (Unterhalter et al. 2012; Dyer, 2014), and chacterise nomadic groups as marginalised and educationally deprived. This Special Issue will examine social constructions of ‘education’ and narratives of ‘inclusion’ among, and in relation to, nomadic groups. It will explore how various forms of education shape social identities and human agency in contexts of negative governmentality, change, and of diversification, as livelihoods that depend on the strategic use of mobility (Niamir-Fuller, 1999; IIED, 2009) and situated learning (Lave & Wenger, 1991) appear increasingly precarious. By questioning the notion of education inclusion and relating it to these concerns, and to themes of assimilation, incorporation, resistance and resilience, the SI aims to make three key scholarly contributions. First, its specific focus on nomadic groups will offer a distinctive strand of scholarship within the larger debate on education and mobilities (eg. Arnot & Schneider, 2013). Second, its emphasis on the plurality of ‘education’ will challenge the elision of education with schooling in contemporary policy discourses, and reflect on the consequences of doing so. Taken together, these contributions will extend theorisation of education as a contested resource (Levinson & Holland, 1996) for human development (Walker & Unterhalter, 2007), and of how various forms of education are linked to wellbeing and the power to challenge, but also to shape and reproduce, social inequalities.

Keywords: Education For All; education inclusion; governmentality; marginalisation; nomads; social justice; social reproduction

Instructions for Authors: Authors interested in submitting a paper for this Special Issue are kindly asked to consult the instructions for authors of the journal and to send their abstracts by email to Mr. António Vieira ( by 5 December 2014

Title: Housing and Space: Toward Socio-Spatial Inclusion

Guest Editors:

Dr. Dallas Rogers
Urban Research Centre, University of Western Sydney, Australia; E-Mail:

Dr. Rae Dufty-Jones
Urban Research Centre, University of Western Sydney, Australia; E-Mail:

Dr. Wendy Steele
Urban Research Program, Griffith University, Australia; E-Mail:

Dr. Jago Dodson
Urban Research Program, Griffith University, Australia; E-Mail:

Deadline for Submissions: 1 March 2014 (abstract) | 1 May 2014 (full paper)

We invite articles that critically reflect on applying recent theorisations of space to housing research and inclusion. While the spatial turn within housing studies has directed researchers toward specific and often diverse theoretical trajectories, there have only been limited attempts to bring together and to reflect upon these various spatial theorisations as a broader project. A component of these emerging debates is a focus on: housing, space and capital (e.g. Harvey, 2005); housing, space and governmentality (e.g. Elden and Crampton, 2007; Foucault, 2011); housing, space and territory (e.g. Cresswell, 2004; Massey, 1984); and housing and socio-spatial justice (e.g. Soja, 2010; Lefebvre, 1991). Central to many of these theorisations is a concern about the relationships between housing, territory, governance, and inclusion. We encourage articles that integrate spatial theories to address contemporary housing issues structured around two key and related theoretical themes:

1. The production of space, housing and inclusion/exclusion
2. The experience of space, housing and inclusion/exclusion

This special issue will purposively reflect on the recent spatial 'turn' within housing studies—toward the contextual, the subjective, the political and the relational. By focusing on a spatial reading of housing and inclusion this special issue will contribute to the broader theoretical project that Clapham (2002) has termed 'the spatial theorization of housing'.

Keywords: capital; Foucault; governmentality; Harvey; housing; Lefebrve; social justice; Soja; space; territory; urban

Instructions for Authors: Authors interested in submitting a paper for this Special Issue are kindly asked to send their abstracts by email to Mr. António Vieira ( by 1 March 2014.

Title: Inclusive Technologies and Learning

Guest Editor: Professor Don Passey, Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University, UK; E-Mail:

Deadline for Abstracts: 31 March 2015
Deadline for Full Papers: 31 July 2015
Publication of the Special Issue: December 2015

Information: Since the 1960s there has been a continued development and diversification of digital technologies used across societal sectors, enabling applications not solely within business and commerce, but significantly within educational and social settings, supporting communication and learning, providing opportunities to widen and deepen reach and interactions. It can be argued that such developments have created many divisions and challenges too; individuals as well as nations do not have the same access or facilities as others; issues such as exploitation and exclusion are regularly highlighted. The scope of this proposed special issue is concerned with inclusive technologies and learning, related to social inclusion. Key questions addressed in papers could include, for instance:

- For learning, training or employment, do digital technologies enable social inclusion within educational or training settings?
- Are digital technologies being developed to enhance learning and social inclusion?
- How are online learning, online learning and social networking practices influencing social inclusion in learning?
- Do digital technologies benefit certain groups to greater extents, or specifically, in terms of learning related to social inclusion?
- Do digital technologies support learning and social inclusion across all ages, in terms of intergenerational learning, and independent of cultures?

age and inclusivity; culture and inclusivity; digital technologies; inclusive technologies; learning and inclusivity; social inclusion and learning; social inclusion for disadvantaged groups; social inclusion for minority groups

Instructions for Authors:
Authors interested in submitting a paper for this Special Issue are kindly asked to consult the instructions for authors of the journal and to send their abstracts by email to Mr. António Vieira ( by 31 March 2015

Title: Indicators and Measurement of Social Inclusion

Guest Editors:

Professor Peter Huxley
College of Medicine, Swansea University, Swansea, UK; E-Mail:

Dr. Sherrill Evans
College of Medicine, Swansea University, Swansea, UK; E-Mail:

Deadline for Submissions: 31 March 2014 (abstract) | 31 December 2014 (full paper)

There are good reasons, both theoretical and practical, to examine the status of the concept of social inclusion, its indicators and measures. There are multiple understanding of the concept and multiple measurement approaches, such as standard of living indicators, lifetime opportunities indicators, and subjective indicators. What is measured, why and how and what for are of equal significance. The purpose of the special issue is to bring together current thinking and evidence mainly in respect of the 'how'. We are looking for empirical research papers that help, through measurement developments, to explicate the relationships between social inclusion and related concepts such as participation, social capital and quality of life. Research is needed that takes further the demonstration of… the equivalence of measures or indicators of social inclusion across cultures; this is a central methodological challenge. Well designed studies that describe new ways of capturing indicators or those that produce reliable and well validated instruments with a research or a practical application (eg intervention studies with social inclusion as an outcome measure) will be most welcome. Studies that address the issues of cross-cultural measurement, comparison and equivalence will be particularly welcome. Papers may provide evidence from large scale quantitative population or patient based research or from smaller scale qualitative studies. In each case the results should contribute to moving the measurement debate forward.

Keywords: crosscultural; equivalence; outcomes measurement; participation; quality of life; reliability; responsiveness; social capital; social inclusion; validity

Instructions for Authors: Authors interested in submitting a paper for this Special Issue are kindly invited to send their papers by email to Mr. António Vieira ( by 31 March 2014.

Title: Perspectives on Human Trafficking and Modern Forms of Slavery

Guest Editor:

Siddharth Kara
Harvard School of Pubic Health, Harvard Kennedy School, USA; E-Mail:

Deadline for Submissions: 30 April 2014 (abstract) | 31 August 2014 (full paper)

This issue will focus broadly on current perspectives relating to human trafficking and modern forms of slavery. A blend of economic, legal, human rights, public health, and other perspectives will be included, with a particular focus on new data. Definitional issues should be explored, as well as less documented forms of contemporary servitude, such as bonded labor, organ trafficking, and forced marriage. What constitutes contemporary forms of slavery, what is the latest data on slavery and human trafficking, how do we best frame the issue, and what is being done effectively to tackle this enduring violation of fundamental rights?

Keywords: bonded labor; child labor; human rights; human trafficking; labor trafficking; organ trafficking; organized crime; sex trafficking; slavery

Instructions for Authors: Authors interested in submitting a paper for this Special Issue are kindly asked to send their abstracts by email to Mr. António Vieira ( by 30 April 2014.

Title: Religious Diversity and Social Inclusion

Guest Editor:

Professor Gary D. Bouma
Emeritus Professor of Sociology, UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations-Asia Pacific, Monash University, Australia; E-Mail:

Deadline for Abstracts: 30 June 2015
Deadline for Full Papers: 31 October 2015
Publication of the Special Issue: April 2016

As societies have become religiously diverse in ways and extents not familiar in the recent histories of most, the issues of how to include this diversity, how to manage it, that is, how to be a religiously diverse society have come to the fore. As a result religion has become part of the social policy conversation in new ways. This special issue of Social Inclusion explores these issues of social inclusion in both particular settings and in cross-national comparative studies by presenting research and critical thought on this critical issue facing every society today. Social inclusion refers to the processes, structures and policies instituted by a society to promote the degree of social cohesion required to be sufficiently productive to achieve sustainability. Each society does this but often in quite different ways. Some see control and the enforcement of a dominant ideology as critical, others see the release of creative energies enabled by greater freedom to be the best way. There are other mixed modes and may be ways yet to be described. Religious diversity has been seen to challenge social cohesion both in classical sociology emerging in a Europe redolent with memories of violent conflict among religious groups and the violent imposition of religious order. Maintaining religious homogeneity is not an option for most societies today. There is no single answer to the social inclusion of many religions. Moreover, as religion continues to be or re-enters the field of social policy it does so in four basic ways—as an object of policy, as a source of policy, as an implementer of policy and as a critic of policy.

Keywords: interreligious relations; multiculturalism; multi-faith; religion; religions and violence; religious diversity; social cohesion; social control; social inclusion; social policy

Instructions for Authors: Authors interested in submitting a paper for this Special Issue are kindly asked to send their abstracts by email to Mr. António Vieira ( by 30 June 2015.

Title: Sport for Social Inclusion: Critical Analyses and Future Challenges

Guest Editors:

Professor Marc Theeboom
Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy and Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium; E-Mail:

Dr. Reinhard Haudenhuyse
Department of Sport Policy and Management, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium; E-Mail:

Deadline for Submissions: 31 March 2014 (abstract) | 15 July 2014 (full paper)

There is a general belief in the good of sports, which almost 'naturally' leads to the use of sports as an answer to a number of personal and social issues. Besides physical fitness and improved health, the proclaimed potential benefits of participation in sports are improved mental health and psychological well-being (leading to reduction of anxiety and stress), personality development (via improved self-concept, physical and global self-esteem/confidence, self-confidence and increased locus of control), socio-psychological benefits (such as empathy, integrity, tolerance, cooperation, trustworthiness and the development of social skills) and broader sociological impacts (such as increased community identity, social coherence and integration) (e.g., Bailey et al., 2009; Coalter, 2005; Fraser-Thomas et al., 2005, Gould & Carson, 2008; Petitpas et al., 2005). However there is a growing awareness that more knowledge and expertise is needed to raise the alleged social potential of sports. Incorporating an international and multidisciplinary perspective, the special issue aims at making a comprehensive, critical and state-of-the-art analysis of different aspects that are related to the role of sports towards a more inclusive society, including:

• Experiences and meanings attributed to sport participation from the perspectives of specific excluded groups;
• Sport coaching and guidance from a critical sociological or pedagogical perspective;
• Organisational, contextual and institutional features of inclusive sport programmes;
• Analysis of local, regional, national and transnational (e.g. EU) sport policies and how such policies contribute in social inclusionary and/or exclusionary mechanisms;
• Approaches of monitoring and evaluation of inclusive sport programmes.

The guest editors will provide an introductory chapter in which sport and social inclusion will be conceptualised and discussed.

Keywords: coaching; exclusion; pedagogy; policy; social inclusion; sport

Instructions for Authors: Authors interested in submitting a paper for this Special Issue are kindly asked to send their abstracts by email to Mr. António Vieira ( by 31 March 2014.

Title: Talking about Roma: Implications for Social Inclusion

Guest Editor:

Dr. Eben Friedman
Independent Consultant and Senior Non-Resident Research Associate, European Centre for Minority Issues, Flensburg, Germany; E-Mail:

Submission of Abstracts: 1 to 8 October 2014
Submission of Full Papers: 26 January 2015 to 1 February 2015 

The contributions to this special issue will address various aspects of the relationship between discourses on and the social inclusion of Roma (‘Gypsies’). Since Roma first arrived in Europe, policies targeting them have varied both in ultimate aim and in proposed means. In the absence of a consistent direction in official approaches to Roma, from the sixteenth through the late twentieth century Roma in Europe were subject at various times and places not only to policies ranging from assimilation through enslavement to physical extermination, but sometimes also to official approaches recognizing Roma as a legitimate minority with a set of rights to be protected. At present, while official discourse calling for the elimination of Roma – whether through mass killing or by abolishing cultural distinctions – has largely given way to approaches explicitly aimed at inclusion and emphasizing Roma’s rights as individuals and as members of a minority and/or tying future improvements in the situation of Roma to economic benefits for entire societies, the coexistence of these two types of ostensibly more inclusive approaches is not necessarily an easy one. Moreover, both are arguably compatible with debates on the possibility and/or desirability of the social inclusion of Roma. The contributions to this special issue will critically examine current public discourses ostensibly aimed at promoting the social inclusion of Roma, attending to the liabilities of these discourses and exploring possible alternatives for avoiding backsliding on human rights commitments.

Keywords: assimilation; economics; genocide; human rights; inclusion; Gypsies; Roma

Instructions for Authors: Authors interested in submitting a paper for this Special Issue are kindly asked to consult the Instructions for Authors of the journal and to send their abstracts by email to Mr. António Vieira ( from 1 to 8 October 2014.