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Recruiting for Commissioning Editor (North America)

Children's Geographies

22 March 2023

About the role

Children’s Geographies has an editorial opening for the role of Commissioning Editor for North America.

This role is a great opportunity for an academic with a strong research background in the geographies of children and young people, and who also has the commitment, drive and ability to help develop the journal. As part of this role, you will be responsible for the oversight and administration of a rigorous and proper peer review process that delivers an agreed amount of content of suitable scope and quality within an agreed publication timeframe.

The Commissioning Editor will have specific responsibilities for raising the profile, authorship and readership of the journal in their region, and they will manage a smaller volume of submissions every year. They do not have to be institutionally based in North America, but they must have regional expertise and be actively engaging with relevant networks of scholars. They will join an international editorial team and work with the journal’s Editors and other regional Commissioning Editors, for an initial term of three years.

The journal is also recruiting for Editorial Board Members and Reviewers at this time.

About the journal

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Children's Geographies is an international peer-reviewed journal that publishes leading edge research and scholarship engaging with and advancing geographical and spatial perspectives on children, young people and families. Although focused upon geographical issues and spatial concepts, the journal welcomes multi- and inter-disciplinary submissions from researchers in areas such as Sociology, Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Economic Development, Education, Psychology, Legal Studies, Social Policy, Political Science, Urban Design and Architecture. Children’s Geographies also provides a forum for policy-makers and practitioners with an interest in these fields. The editorial team and editorial board are committed to actively supporting the involvement of early career and international researchers.

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Key Skills and Attributes

Ready to apply? Here are the skills and attributes we are looking for in a successful applicant:

  • Applicants should have a recognised expertise and an established record of scholarship in the field of geographies of children and young people, the broader social studies of childhood and youth, or related subjects.
  • They should be aware of, and actively involved with, relevant academic networks in the region of North America.
  • Applicants must have strong communication, organizational and managerial skills, an ability and willingness to work collaboratively on editorial tasks and a commitment to the mission of Children’s Geographies, including supporting early career scholars and authors from under-represented groups.
  • Some experience in editing journals, Special Issues and/or edited books is welcome but not essential, and the Commissioning Editor will be supported and mentored by senior members of the editorial team.

Application Instructions

A Role Profile for the Commissioning Editor is available on request. Applications should include:

  • A one-page vision statement for the role, outlining how they would raise the profile of Children’s Geographies in North America and engage with potential authors, readers and reviewers over the course of three years;
  • A one-page outline of qualifications for the position, including experience, regional expertise and involvement in relevant networks;
  • A two-page academic CV.


The journal is committed to ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion within its editorial team and decision making processes. All applications will be treated as strictly confidential, and each will be judged on its merits without bias for seniority of institutional affiliation. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or protected veteran status, citizenship, or other protected characteristics.

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