Call for papers: special issue on social protection in contexts of fragility and forced displacement


UNICEF invites submissions for a special volume on social protection in contexts of fragility and forced displacement.

Social protection is increasingly considered as a policy response in contexts of fragility and forced displacement. In non-fragile contexts, extensive evidence demonstrates that social protection helps reduce poverty and inequality, enhances livelihoods, and has long-term positive impacts on human capital development. While establishing effective social protection in the context of protracted instability and displaced populations is more complex, responsive long-term systems that bridge the humanitarian-developmental divide are needed to reach affected vulnerable populations consistently.

Despite the increasing use of social protection in these settings, we know comparatively little from rigorous research regarding what works, and why. This call for papers aims to assemble high quality papers that will increase our understanding of: 1) the role of social protection in fragile contexts and settings of forced displacement and migration; and 2) synergies across the humanitarian and development divide in both contexts. The aim is to assemble 8 to 10 papers of sufficient quality to be jointly submitted for a special issue to the Journal of Development Studies, or featured in an edited book. Reviewed and approved papers will also be featured in the UNICEF Office of Research–Innocenti working paper series.

Extended abstracts (proposed length of 1,000 words) can be submitted to the guest editors by email to by July 15, 2017 at the latest. The full call for papers can be found here.