Call for Abstracts: Special Issue ‘African Youth Livelihoods’

Guest Editors: Dr. Sindi-Leigh McBride, Dr. Adam Cooper, and Boitumelo Matlala

Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Theo Gavrielides | contact@rj4allpublications.com

Focus

As part of the Youth Voice Journal’s Special Issues, we would like to invite you to submit theoretical and practical contributions to our forthcoming Special Issue ‘African Youth Livelihoods’ with Guest Editors Dr. Sindi-Leigh McBride, Dr. Adam Cooper and Boitumelo Matlala.

With a view to workshopping ideas during a hybrid workshop planned for mid-2024, we invite extended abstracts (700-1000 words) addressing this important issue in interdisciplinary ways, through innovative and youth engaged research. All submitted articles that meet the special issues’ guidelines will go through a double-blind peer review process.

About the Journal

The Youth Voice Journal (YVJ®) is an 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 (ISSN 2056-2969) is ranked and indexed by Scopus, ORCID, Kudos, EBSCO Information Services and 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 seeks to provide a reference source for academia, policy makers 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 aid those young people whose voice is rarely heard by policy makers and academia to be published.

    Call for Papers

    Demographers estimate that by 2030 half of the world’s youth will be African. This burgeoning increase in human beings on the continent usually leads to debates on “demographic dividends” centered on how to cash in on human capital or the threats posed by large number of unemployed and poorly educated people on the African continent.

    This special issue aims to challenge these conventional framing of young Africans in developmental discourses, questioning for instance, how young Africans are studied, who studies them, from what perspectives and why? Starting from this critical position, we aim to expand and invite new theoretical and methodological approaches on the topic of structural barriers to and opportunities for youth livelihoods in Africa.

      We encourage submissions on but not limited to the following themes:

        • 1. Entrepreneurship and innovation in Africa
        • 2. Informal economies and “the hustle”
        • 3. Gender and youth livelihoods
        • 4. Mental health, youth wellbeing and social inclusion
        • 5. Policy and institutional frameworks i.e. the African Continental Free Trade
        • 6. Digital skills and the digital divide in Africa
        • 7. Agricultural development, green employment, sustainability, and just transitions
        • 8. Conflict and youth

      Submission information

      With a view to workshopping ideas during a hybrid workshop planned for mid-2024, we invite extended abstracts (700-1000 words) addressing this important issue in interdisciplinary ways by 19 April 2024. Full papers are expected by 1 July 2024.

      If you wish and are interested in contributing to the YVJ, please consult our Author Guidelines and Editorial Policy outlining all the key information. We aim to have all manuscripts to be double-blind peer-reviewed within a 4-6 weeks’ time frame before being accepted for publication.

      The timeframe for publication is as follows:

          • – Extended abstracts (700-1000 words) are expected by 19 April 2024.
          • – Hybrid workshop is planned for mid-2024 (date TBC).
          • – Full papers are expected by 1 July 2024.
          • – Special Issue to be published 1 November 2024.

        Please send extended abstracts via email to smcbride@hsrc.ac.za.

        Editorial Policy 

        If you wish to contribute to the YVJ, please consult our Author Guidelines and Editorial Policy. We aim to have every manuscript peer-reviewed within a 4-6 week time frame before publication. The Youth Voice Journal is published by RJ4All Publications, a branch of Restorative Justice for All (RJ4All) International Institute. RJ4All is an international NGO with a mission to advance community and social cohesion and redistribute power within society at the local, national and international levels.

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