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. 

Martin Whiteford, Publishing development manager, fairer society

Our goals: Fairer society | Healthier lives | Responsible management | Quality education for all |  Sustainable structures and infrastructures

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.


Volunteerism for a fairer society

This mission highlights research and learning that explores the impact of volunteerism on individual, societal, and planetary well-being.

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Calls for papers

Browse the latest calls for papers in the area of fairer society.

The whole is better than the sum of the parts: a service ecosystems approach to service interaction vulnerability
Submit your paper here! Introduction Since the seminal article on consumer vulnerability by Baker Gentry and Rittenburg (2005), vulnerability in marketing has been scoped beyond consumers to the…
From Global to Local: Information and Disinformation in the Digital Age
Introduction The management of information and misinformation is a crucial issue at the regional and local level, as it directly affects decision-making and the well-being of communities.…
The History of Third Sector Marketing.
Submit your paper here! Introduction  The history of Third Sector marketing is a neglected area of research.  The Third Sector has existed in Europe since at least the Middle Ages. In the…
Modern Slavery and Supply Chain Management
Submit your paper here! Introduction “Of all the shameful and infamous expedients man has preyed upon man, this vile thing dares to call itself commerce.” – Roger Casement The 1987 Brundtland…
Past, Present and Future Changes in Migrant Entrepreneurship Landscape
Submit your paper here! Introduction Migrant entrepreneurship refers to the process of venture creation by refugees, forced labor, immigrants, expats, and ethnic minority i.e., individuals, teams,…
Drugs, Habits and Social Policy: Call for papers
Submit your paper here! List of topic areas In the face of latest developments in drug policy and drug market fields, DHS is especially interested in receiving mixed-method, qualitative and…
Alternative Proteins: Balancing sustainability, innovation and acceptance in the food supply chain.
Submit your paper here! Introduction According to United Nations estimates, the world population will reach 9.7 billion people by 2050 and food security will be a challenge for governments and the…
Rethinking and revisiting the current state of Gender Equality in the Workplace: Moving upward, moving forward
Submit your paper here! Introduction Gender equality is a global issue and recent scholarship continues to report how workplaces perpetuate inequalities related to gender (Amins and Munir, 2020;…
Interpretive Approaches to Branding
Submit your paper here! Introduction Brands have acquired an increasing significance in the landscape of marketing and consumer behavior as they impact individuals’ lives and the society at large.…
Participating in the Arts Market: A Path towards Transformation?
Submit your paper here! Introduction Audience participation in the arts has long been conceptually connected to the ideals of democracy, equality and justice but also practically linked to visions…

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.

Explore the gateway

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.

News & press

Below we have a collection of news articles centred around aspects of a fairer society.

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Emerald shortlisted in the British Book Awards 2023

Emerald Publishing is delighted to announce that it has been shortlisted for Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year in the annual British Book Awards.
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Emerald collaborates with SAGE to amplify the contributions of women on Wikipedia

Emerald has teamed up with SAGE Publishing to increase the representation and public profile of women in social and behavioural sciences on Wikipedia.
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Emerald launches its 2022 Global Inclusivity Report

Emerald Publishing has launched its second global inclusivity report to understand academic perceptions and experiences of inclusion.
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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.
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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’.
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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.

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.

Explore cases on Emerald Insight >

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

Dr Martin Whiteford

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.