Opportunity to contribute to a new global book project on:
Business and Peacebuilding
Why is a new book series on business and peacebuilding so timely and critical? In these politically turbulent and rapidly evolving economic times, the role of the private sector in peace may be a blessing, a curse or something else altogether. This under-researched topic contains myriad unanswered questions, including: Can business, public, state services, social enterprises and international agencies provide the necessary stability in any part of our globalized world to break ‘zero-sum’ paradigms of peace by offering solutions that can improve the triple and quadruple bottom lines and enhance peace in societies? Should scholars thus examine more critically the role of business in peacebuilding and conflict resolution? How can the economic muscle provided by business leaders equate in posturing a higher moral and reconciliation domain with warring factions in conflict zones?
The Business and Peacebuilding (BP) series seeks to deliver applied and theoretical knowledge of the complex and shifting role of the private, corporate and civil-society sectors in enhancing peacebuilding. This series is designed to be inter-disciplinary and to break down research silos, showcasing perspectives on business and peacebuilding through a broad array of strategies and delivery mechanisms. These may include: corporate social responsibility, business and human rights, socially responsible investment, participation in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, environmental, social and corporate governance guidelines, leadership studies, supply chain management, conflict-sensitive business practice, and indigenous studies. Furthermore, BP is looking for institutions, structures and organizations (e.g., the impact of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals) and the role of business in moving from a state of conflict to establishing peace.
Recognizing that effective peace action is contingent upon comprehensive understanding of local context, Business and Peacebuilding also encourages exploration of bottom-up approaches including topics such as: entrepreneurship and innovation, indigenous perspectives, area and comparative studies, community and inequality impacts, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), private-public partnerships and business-civil society partnerships for peacebuilding.
We welcome submissions from a variety of methodological perspectives, including mixed methods, qualitative and quantitative approaches, historical analysis and with a particular interest in creative methodologies and rigorous theoretical and empirical studies that test and challenge existing assumptions about business-peace building.
The Business and Peacebuilding Series Editors (Edwina Pio, Jason Miklian and H. Eric Schockman) are currently accepting proposals for monographs and tightly connected edited volumes. We are particularly interested in contributions in (but not limited to) the following suggested topics that directly relate to BP’s formational mission stated above:
For books (monographs and edited collections), authors should send us:
We encourage proposals from academics, business and nonprofit practitioners, individuals/organizations working towards peace and policy makers. Please do not hesitate to contact is if you need more specific guidance or would like to further discuss your proposal. We can be reached at:
Proposals should be submitted to:
Rebecca Marsh, Senior Editor, Responsible Business and Sustainability
Routledge (and Greenleaf Publishing)
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