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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development

For a Special Issue on
Social Development and Social Policy Responses in the Covid-19 Pandemic: What can We Learn from Each Other?

Abstract deadline
05 May 2022

Manuscript deadline
15 July 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Professor Ku Yeun-wen, Department of Social Work, National Taiwan University
[email protected]

Associate Professor Chung-Yang Yeh, Department of Sociology, Soochow University Taiwan
[email protected]

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Social Development and Social Policy Responses in the Covid-19 Pandemic: What can We Learn from Each Other?

Since 2019, societies have been severely struck and challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic, with many aspects of our life impacted. First, public health systems and healthcare schemes are directly affected. Millions of people are infected and died, and healthcare systems collapsed in many countries. Second, many economic activities are substantially affected and restricted by lockdown restrictions. Unemployment rate increased, and economic security of the families are also impacted. Under the lockdown restrictions, many school going children and youths must practise distance learning. Finally, social service provisions (such as childcare, social care and employment services) are disrupted, which resulted in the shift of responsibility for welfare provision back to individuals and their families.

However, the capacities of coping with these COVID-19 social risks varied, differences are observed especially between the economically advantaged and disadvantaged groups. The latter group encounters higher social risks and have fewer economic resources to cope with financial difficulties, distance learning and work-life reconciliation. This gives rise to further marginalization and social inequality, which in turn affected social development during the pandemic situation.

This special issue of the Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development seeks to feature works that further develop a good understanding on the social development and social policy responses in the COVID-19 pandemic. We welcome contributions that examine the impact of COVID-19 social risks especially on the disadvantaged population, the social policy responses to cope with the COVID-19 social risks, and the subsequent impact on social development. We also welcome papers that examine how the features of developmental welfare states, familialism and developmentalism may shape the way Asia-Pacific welfare states respond to the pandemic; how social policy responses may differ among Asia-Pacific welfare states, or are distinctive from European welfare states.

Submission Instructions

Submission Instructions

  1. Academic papers should be up to 6500 words in length and research notes up to 4000 words.  Research notes and other material will be considered for publication by the editors and subject to review.
  2. All abstracts should be submitted by May 5th, 2022, via email to Yeun-wen Ku, the Journal Associate Editor at [email protected]. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words.
  3. Authors will be notified by May 20th, 2022 of acceptance of abstract and invitation to submit a full paper. It is important to note that all papers will undergo standard peer-review procedures, and those deemed publishable will be offered publication either in the special issue or in a consecutive issue. Accepted manuscripts will be published online as soon as possible.
  4. Deadline for submission of full papers: July 15th, 2022. All submissions should be made online at the Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development Scholar One Manuscripts Website Author’s Centre (follow the link Submit an Article).
  5. Notification of acceptance/acceptance subject to revisions by August 15th, 2022.
  6. Revised manuscripts to be submitted by September 15th, 2022.
  7. Notification of acceptance for full publication by October 15th, 2022.
  8. The anticipated publication: December 2022.
  9. Inquiries can be directed to Ms. Jenny Yeo the Journal Administrator at [email protected].

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