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Cogent Social Sciences

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Social Development in Times of Crisis: Challenges and Responses

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01 July 2024

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Article collection guest advisor(s)

Professor Sven Trygged, University of Gävle
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Fereshteh Ahmadi, University of Gävle
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Josefin Westerberg Jacobson, University of Gävle
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Komalsingh Rambaree, University of Gävle
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Social Development in Times of Crisis: Challenges and Responses

Please note that this Article Collection is only open to full papers (articles) from the 2023 International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD).

Social development fosters interdisciplinary perspectives in creating enabling conditions for achieving and promoting social welfare goals through participation, democracy, equality, redistribution, and justice. Social development is a broad and contested concept theorized and discussed at individual, group, national, regional, and global levels with diverse perspectives such as gender and postcolonialism. Social development requires a comprehensive knowledge of social planning, and its interventions require changes within structures, institutions, policies, and processes that national and global actors lead in consensus with stakeholders from public, private, and voluntary organizations.

Although social development has been widely linked, used, and researched within developing economies, diverse crises (economic, social, ecological) are re-vitalizing debates on social development in many established and developed economies. In recent years, the world has been facing growing concern because of the scope, severity, and consequences of diverse types of crises about climate, pandemics, and wars. These crises have a wide range of negative impacts at both national and international levels, seriously affecting individuals, families, communities, regions, and societies. Various sectors, such as health, education, and social security, have come under pressure and require urgent, extensive, and comprehensive responses. In this sense, having an insightful collection of articles on social development in times of crisis is topical and essential.

This Special Issue in Cogent Social Sciences (Open Access) aims to bring a collection of articles from educators, researchers, practitioners, thinkers, and various stakeholders from around the world intending to promote collective knowledge creation and dissemination on social development in times of crisis from multi-disciplinary perspectives (Development Studies, Social Work, Economics, Geography, Psychology) from the field of social sciences.

All manuscripts submitted to this Article Collection will undergo a full peer-review; the Guest Advisor for this collection will not be handling the manuscripts (unless they are an Editorial Board member). Please review the journal scope and author submission instructions prior to submitting a manuscript.

The deadline for submitting manuscripts is 1st of May 2024.


  1. Planetary Crisis
  2. Pandemics
  3. Health
  4. Peace
  5. Policy

Sven Trygged is a Professor of Social Work at University of Gävle. His research relates to vulnerable positions on the labour market, to social consequences of poor health and exposure to violence, and to international social work. He has previously worked with social development issues in post-Soviet countries.

Fereshteh Ahmadi, Professor in Sociology at the Department of Social Work and Psychology, University of Gävle. She is the main leader of the project Diversity Barometer and has conducted several studies in the research field of religion, of migration, and of health, culture and coping in an international perspective.

Josefin Westerberg Jacobson is a senior lecturer in Caring Sciences at the University of Gävle. Her research focuses on disordered eating behavior, work engagement and health promotion aspects linked to study/work for people with disordered eating behavior. Furthermore, healthcare professionals' attitudes and beliefs towards patients in psychiatry and mental health.

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All manuscripts submitted to this Article Collection will undergo desk assessment and peer-review as part of our standard editorial process. Guest Advisors for this collection will not be involved in peer-reviewing manuscripts unless they are an existing member of the Editorial Board. Please review the journal Aims and Scope and author submission instructions prior to submitting a manuscript.