From: Stephen McCloskey <stephen(a)centreforglobaleducation.com>
Sent: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 7:39 PM
Subject: Policy and Practice Issue 31 has been published
Please find below Issue 31 of the Centre for Global Education’s bi-annual, open access,
peer reviewed, development education journal Policy and Practice: A Development Education
m/>. The theme of Issue 31 is ‘The
Policy Environment for Development Education’ and the Guest Editor, Liam Wegimont,
Executive Director of Global Education Network Europe (GENE), finds grounds for optimism
for development education policy – the future of which is unwritten - despite the
challenging context in which it is currently being practiced. Liam highlights several
positive policy initiatives at European Union level, including a growing number of
national global education strategies within EU member states. At OECD level, he cites the
‘increasing influence of PISA’ and other ‘policy-focused research initiatives of the
Education Directorate of the OECD’. And at a UN level, he finds encouragement in the good
practice in global education supported by UNESCO, the SDGs and Bridge 47. I thank Liam
for his editorial and longstanding support of the journal.
This special issue of the journal marks our 15th year in publication and has been launched
in partnership with our sister development education journals, Sinergias in Portugal, ZEP
in Germany and the International Journal on Development Education and Global Learning in
England. I extend sincere thanks to Orla Mc Breen, Director, Civil Society and
Development Education Unit, in Irish Aid for writing the Foreword to this special issue.
Policy and Practice would simply not have the audience and platform that it enjoys today
where it not for Irish Aid’s sustained support. I thank all of the contributors to, and
readers of, the journal since our launch in 2005 and particularly commend all of the
members of the journal’s Editorial Board and International Editorial Board who contribute
enormous energy to each new issue.
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Policy and Practice
Policy & Practice: A Development Education Review Issue 31:
“The Policy Environment for Development Education”
The Policy Environment for Development
Orla Mc Breen
Director, Civil Society and Development Education Unit, Irish Aid
The Policy Environment for Global Education, Development Education and Awareness Raising:
Reasons to be Cheerful While the Future is
The Wrong Tool for the Job? The Application of Result-Based Approaches in Development
Mags Liddy and Susan Gallwey
A Policy at a Standstill: A Critical Analysis of Global Education in the Polish National
Dobrawa Aleksiak and Magdalena Kuleta-Hulboj
The Power of Language and the Language of Power: Exploring Discourses on Development
Education in Policies Underpinning Adult and Community
Poverty is a Political Choice: A UN Rapporteur Has Delivered a Withering Critique of the
E-Tick: The Piloting and Development of a New Course in Ethical
What are the Challenges for Development Education Arising from the Merger of the UK
Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth
Fighting the Pandemic in the Global
War, Suffering and the Struggle for Human
Review by Piaras Mac Éinrí
Important Work in a Time of Volatility: Transnational Perspectives on Democracy,
Citizenship, Human Rights and Peace
Review by Benjamin Mallon
Less is More: How De-Growth Will Save the
Review by Stephen McCloskey
Global Justice Education in Critical
Review by Gerard McCann
The E-TICK Course on Ethical
Review by Aislin Lavin
Policy and Practice Issue 32: Call for Contributors
Development Education and Transnationalism
Centre for Global Education is inviting contributions to Issue 32 of our bi-annual, peer
reviewed, open access journal Policy and Practice: A Development Education
on the theme: “Development Education
and Transnationalism”. Transnationalism is
as “a set of processes relating to social, economic and political connections between
people, places and institutions, across national borders, potentially spanning the world”.
The breadth of this theme enables the journal to focus on issues that have dominated
global relations in 2020 including: globalisation, health, racism, education and
The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us, probably like no other issue before it, of our
interconnectedness and interdependence with the wider world. As
put it: ‘no-one is safe from coronavirus until everyone is’ which highlights how
globalization has increasingly integrated us economically and, at the same time, made us
more vulnerable to global recessions and invisible viruses.
Transnationalism also affords us an opportunity to explore how we are bound by shared
histories and social movements. The Black Lives Matter protests in the United States
following the killing of George Floyd have resonated across the world. The removal of
statues and monuments dedicated to figures linked to slavery and racism, and the
resistance to this, reminds us that racism is steeped in our history and, regrettably,
very much part of our present. Issue 32 enables authors to discuss how development
education should contribute to this discussion and how the question of racism should be
tackled through education policy and practice.
The question of economic justice is also central to transnationalism. During the COVID-19
pandemic, we discovered just how dependent we all are on frontline workers in a range of
occupations – health, retail, social care, public transport – and how precarious and
poorly remunerated these workers are. How can we ensure that frontline jobs are not
ruthlessly discarded in the economic slowdown that will assuredly follow the pandemic?
How can migrant workers be protected when forced to operate in informal settings without
employment rights and protections? More positively, how can we capture and preserve the
best aspects of the community response to COVID-19 and mobilise government resources in a
similar fashion to address the climate emergency?
Contributors could consider, through empirical work or theoretical discussion the
* The human and environmental impact of transnational capital and corporations locally
and globally. Has DE critically interrogated the role of TNCs in society?
* The contrasting government responses to COVID-19 and what they told us about the
role of the state in a pandemic and the need for public health?
* How do we deolonise global health and upend traditional research hierarchies which
are often dominated by the global North? How can health research be re-oriented toward
local social goals? How can medical and global health curricula be imbued with DE values
* The role of Big Pharma in pricing medicines beyond the reach of the poor and how can
it be challenged.
* The role of DE in supporting learning on health from the global South. For example,
Cuba’s widely praised health service and emergency medical response brigades? The success
of many African states in combatting SARS, Ebola and COVID-19.
* How can DE challenge the ‘othering’ of migrants and value their contribution to
societies across the world, for example, through remittances?
* The role of DE programmes in challenging racism locally and internationally.
Authors interested in submitting an article to Issue 32 should send a 300-word abstract to
journal editor, Stephen McCloskey, by Friday, 23 October 2020. Please email:
The submission date for commissioned articles is Friday, 4 December 2020.
There are four kinds of article published in Policy and Practice.
articles are peer reviewed, between 3,500 and 6,000 words, and should have a strong
critical analysis of their topic. The second is a
article which is 2,000 – 4,000 words in length and is normally more descriptive,
addressing an aspect of practice.
articles are designed to provoke debate a given topic and more subjective in the
presentation of their argument.
review articles are 1,000-2,000 words in length and offer an opinion of a new book, film,
teaching resource or online site on development issues.
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