Call for Papers: “Scanning the Future”





Youth Voice Journal (YVJ®)

Special Issue



Guest Editor: Professor Howard Williamson |
Editor-in-chief: Dr. Theo Gavrielides |

Focus & Deadlines

As part of the Youth Voice Journal’s Special Issues, the Guest Editor, Professor Williamson, is seeking manuscripts that connect with the theme of “Scanning the Future: Climate, Populism, Artificial Intelligence and Jobs”. All submitted articles that meet the special issue guidelines will go through a double-blind peer-review process.

The Special Issue will be published in December 2020. The deadline for article submissions is 1 June 2020. Authors are encouraged to contact the Guest Editor with a proposed title and a draft abstract by no later than 1 April 2020.

About the Journal

The Youth Voice Journal (YVJ®) is the leading, international, multidisciplinary and double-blind peer-reviewed journal specialising in publishing theoretical contributions and empirical research on issues affecting young people all over the world.

The Youth Voice Journal (ISNN 2056-2969) is ranked and indexed by Scopus, ORCID, Kudos, EBSCO Information Services , The European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS) and Criminal Justice Abstracts. YVJ is also a member of COPE, ensuring we adhere to codes of conduct for journal editors.

The YVJ is managed by an independent Academic and Editorial Board and seeks to provide a reference source for academia, policymakers and youth services internationally.

YVJ™ aims include:

  • Create knowledge and contribute to the literature by publishing high-quality research on issues affecting young people
  • Establish and further develop the youth-led method for research and social policy
  • Provide a platform for the intellectual exchange of ideas around the globe with the aim of influencing policies and practices
  • Actively encourage and aide those young people whose voice is rarely heard by policymakers and academia to be published.

The Special issue

Today, young people all over the world face unique challenges in a constantly evolving global environment. In this upcoming issue, the Youth Voice Journal will provide special attention to Scanning the Future. We have added Climate, Populism, Artificial Intelligence and Jobs to the title as illustrative but by no means exclusive issues that may merit the attention of contributors. Life is tough for so many young people. The challenges range across a host of issues.

The 2015 Declaration of the 2nd European Youth Work Convention talked of the essence of ‘youth work’ is about both ‘spaces’ and ‘bridges’ for young people. This idea could now extend to the entire youth policy context: how do we both support young people in moving forward positively and purposefully in their lives while simultaneously ensuring space for their autonomy, decision-making and voice? Such a question, or questions, apply across contexts as diverse as the climate emergency and the labour market, and across issues as diverse as migration and populism. What have young people got to say? Where will Artificial Intelligence make a difference? What should be the role of social media? How can individualism and justice be better balanced? What about generational inequities and connections? Ultimately, what kind of balance should be struck across these fields between structure and autonomy, between ‘enabling’ young people through mitigating risk and cultivating an environment of hope and possibility while ‘ensuring’ that the capabilities of youth can shine through and produce perspectives and initiatives of their own.

As a result, we encourage innovative research and submissions grounded in youth and youth-led research and centred on the views and experiences of young people.