Editor-in-Chief needed for

Space and Polity

08 September 2024

About the role

Space and Polity is seeking to appoint a new Editor-in-Chief.

We wish to add to our editorial team a scholar with the expertise and passion to drive the journal forward in an exciting period of change. This role is a great opportunity for an academic with a strong research background in political geography who also has the commitment, enthusiasm and ability to help develop the journal.

Becoming the editor of a journal is a rewarding and fulfilling experience where you have the opportunity to build your own networks, develop and promote the research in your field, and be recognized as a leading figure within the academic community.

Come and join us on our journey!

About the journal

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Space and Polity is an international peer reviewed scholarly journal publishing the very best political geographical research from across the world. The mission of the journal is to play a leading role in advancing Political Geography as a distinctive branch of knowledge.

The journal accepts submissions from across the political geographical spectrum and actively procures, publishes and promotes articles which:

  • Strengthen ties between political philosophy, political philosophers, and political geographical thought and make foundational theoretical and conceptual contributions
  • Conduct politically aware historiographical investigations of political geographical thinkers, theories, concepts, ideas and debates and interrogate and reimagine the trajectory of political geography as a politico-intellectual project itself
  • Advance significant new insights, through new approaches, methodologies, data sets, and empirical analyses, into the most pressing public political problems which present in the 2020s
  • Provincialize and decolonise political geography and increase awareness and appreciation of Global South political geographical theory and debate
  • Inspire political geographical centred scholar activism and enhanced civic and cultural engagement and think anew about the contribution of political geographical scholarship, research, pedagogy and praxis to the public square and the public good.

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Key Skills and Attributes

The successful applicant will work with the executive editorial team and wider editorial advisory board to advance the operational and strategic aims of the journal.  They will work strategically to define and deliver the journal’s mission, ensuring it publishes only the best political geographical research.  The Editor-in-Chief, working alongside the Associate Editors, is responsible for soliciting, stewarding and reviewing manuscript submissions, ratifying Associate Editors’ decision recommendations and ensuring that reviewers and authors adhere to the Journal’s Code of Publishing Ethics.  Sustained regular engagement is required to ensure efficient reviewing and timely publication.

The successful applicant will have the following skills and attributes:

  • Experience in academic publishing and familiarity with all stages of the process.
  • The capacity to devote time each week to the role, and to attend Editorial Board meetings and training sessions as needed.
  • Confidence to engage with authors and researchers to solicit the highest quality submissions and add maximum value to articles during the review process.
  • The ability to ensure all submitted manuscripts are considered in a prompt, consistent and professional manner.
  • The ability to confidently use an online peer review management system and ensure members of the editorial team do the same.
  • Experience with working effectively with independent peer reviewers.
  • The ability to read, summarize, and make decisions based on independent reviewer reports, across the broad systematic branch of political geography.
  • A commitment to communicating promptly, consistently, and professionally with authors during the peer review process.
  • A strong commitment to ethical rigour as well as knowledge of the COPE guidelines and commitment to ensure that the journal adheres to strict ethical standards at all times.
  • A willingness to proactively lead the journal’s Editorial Board, to include arranging and leading Editorial Board meetings.
  • A proven track record as a key opinion leader and known figure within the political geographical discipline.
  • Actively involved in growing and developing your academic networks through conference attendance and experience of networking through social media.
  • A vision and enthusiasm for the continuous development of the journal
  • An understanding of, and commitment to, the mission of Space and Polity

The role will formally begin from October 1st 2024, following completion of a handover with the current Editor-in-Chief, Professor Mark Boyle.


Application Instructions

Applications should include your CV, a Cover Letter and a Vision Statement. Your Vision Statement should be no longer than 1 page and include:

  • Where you believe the field is going, and the journal’s place within it
  • How you would work in partnership with the Editors and Editorial Board to grow the journal's networks and support its mission
  • How you would maintain and increase the quality of submissions
  • How you would develop the journal's international reputation and standing as a leading title in the field.

For any questions about the role, please contact the current Editor-in-Chief ([email protected]) and the Publisher ([email protected])


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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.