Special Issue "Social and Environmental Justice"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2023 | Viewed by 469

Special Issue Editors

Department of Biological Sciences, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458, USA
Interests: environmental justice; evolutionary ecology; invasive species; plant responses to climate change
Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458, USA
Interests: digital humanities; digital access justice; history; social justice
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Economics, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458, USA
Interests: disability; health; economic insecurity; human development
Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458, USA
Interests: medieval political cultures; religion and conflict; history and memory; digital humanities
Anthropology, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458, USA
Interests: visual arts; global justice related to urbanism; gender and immigration

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Current social, economic, and political systems throughout the world have fostered profound injustice and resulted in unconscionable phenomena such as environmental degradation, racism, ableism, sexism, poverty, and rising inequality of access to resources and information. Many of these problems are worsening by the day, leading to an increased risk of social and environmental collapse. In response, a substantial body of scholarship has attempted to contribute to increasing social and environmental justice. However, few efforts have been made to integrate different perspectives on justice issues in a way that can form a systematic foundation for a deep societal shift in mindset and practices. 

These ideas motivate this Special Issue and are the bases for the Fordham University 2023 International Conference on Social and Environmental Justice. This Special Issue aims at addressing social and environmental justice in accessing natural and technological resources and knowledge nationally and globally. Collectively, this Issue will seek to understand how such conditions relate to history, structural adjustment programs, and worldwide policies that affect communities, habitats and species, and environmental regulations and standards all over the world. This Special Issue will cover subjects related to environmental justice, immigration justice, disability justice, digital and information access justice, and gender and sexuality. 

Articles should be between 5000 and 10,000 words and follow the guidelines of the journal. The guidelines and call for papers can also be found on the journal website: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/socsci. The submission deadline is August 31, 2023. For further details on the submission process, please see the instruction for authors on the journal website: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/socsci/instructions. The journal mandates two outside reviewers for all submissions. Publication normally occurs 6–8 weeks after the final draft submission. The Special Issue waives submission and publication fees. 

Social Sciences is ranked 75/263 (Q2) in the Social Science-Interdisciplinary category of the JCR and is ranked 50/264 (Q1). It is ranked in the General Social Sciences category with a CiteScore of 3.4 for 2021, and it publishes on a wide range of disciplines including history, anthropology, and sociology. The journal boasts a rigorous yet fast peer-review system, which is demonstrated by a manuscript rejection rate of 72.32% and median processing time of 54 days in 2021.

Prof. Dr. Steven J. Franks
Prof. Dr. Z. George Hong
Prof. Dr. Sophie Mitra
Dr. Nicholas Paul
Dr. Aseel Sawalha
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • social justice
  • environmental justice
  • economic justice
  • disability justice
  • immigration justice
  • digital access justice

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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