Call for papers Social policy for rural areas

Special Issue’s Editors:
Assoc. Prof. Sławomir Kalinowski, Institute of Rural and Agricultural Development of the Polish Academy of Sciences, e-mail: skalinowski(at)
Dr Ruta Śpiewak, Institute of Rural and Agricultural Development of the Polish Academy of Sciences, e-mail: rspiewak(at)

Social Policy Issues journal (Problemy Polityki Społecznej) is pleased to announce a call for papers for a themed issue dedicated to policies aimed at combating social exclusion in rural areas. Rural areas play a crucial role in the cultural and economic landscape of countries worldwide. They are home to a significant portion of the population, contribute substantially to agricultural production, and maintain traditional ways of life that are integral to national identity. Understanding and addressing the unique challenges faced by these communities is essential for fostering inclusive and sustainable development.
This themed issue aims to gather articles related to social exclusion in rural areas and the policies designed to mitigate it. Suggested topics for submission include, but are not limited to:
• Analysis of current policies and their effectiveness in reducing social exclusion in rural areas.
• Innovative approaches and best practices in rural development and social inclusion.
Local mechanisms determining the specific implementation of national policies in a rural context.
• The role of local governments and community organizations in combating rural exclusion.
• Case studies of successful initiatives improving access to education, healthcare, and employment in rural areas.
• The impact of demographic changes, such as aging populations and youth outmigration, on rural social structures.
• Challenges related to climate change, with special focus on farmers, and the situation of individuals at risk of exclusion.
• Policies and practices regarding refugees in rural areas.

Instructions and Deadlines:
• We invite abstracts and paper proposals concerning those and other challenges that Social policy for rural areas face. Authors are expected to submit 500-700 word abstracts of their papers by the end of September 2024.
Abstracts should be sent to guest editor skalinowski(at)
• Authors will be notified of the status of their submissions by October 15th. For this issue, we plan to accept 5–8 papers.
The manuscripts will be due by the end of March 2025. Submission link:
• We expect papers between 6,000 and 9,000 words - including abstract, references, and footnotes), edited in accordance with the Journal’s Instructions for Authors.
• The publication of the Issue is planned for late 2025, or early 2026.
Detailed information can be found in the attached file
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