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
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.
We have collated a range of resources into themes relating to the UN SDG goals.
Related journal articles
A selection of our fairer society articles.
Calls for papers
Browse the latest calls for papers in the area of fairer society.
Below is a small selection of our fairer society titles. You can browse all related titles on the Emerald Bookstore, including access to free sample chapters. We have also selected a sample of eBooks that you will be able to read if your institution has access.
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.
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.
When the intangible becomes tangible: how volunteering with large scale arts programmes can be a tool for empowerment
Are interpersonal volunteer activities really effective in enhancing the well-being of seniors?
The power of volunteerism
Making a difference: volunteering to combat plastic pollution in your community: a case study from Africa.
Volunteerism for a fairer society
Rape myths, jury deliberations, and conversation analysis: a new approach to an age-old problem
News & press
Below we have a collection of news articles centred around aspects of a fairer society.
Emerald shortlisted in the British Book Awards 2023
Emerald collaborates with SAGE to amplify the contributions of women on Wikipedia
Emerald launches its 2022 Global Inclusivity Report
Emerald Publishing announces commissioning focus on Indigenous communities as part of its Power of diverse voices campaign
Emerald changes peer review terminology to be more inclusive for all
Emerald Publishing shortlisted for the Independent Publishers Guild Alison Morrison Diversity Award
Browse our other offerings below.
Global teaching materials to engage and inspire. Students can test their assumptions and decision-making skills about real world problems.
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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We've partnered with ScienceOpen to create a fairer society collection that will be updated regularly to reflect our latest mission-related content.
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.
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.