Call for Proposals - Business and Peacebuilding

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.

Call for Book Proposals

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:

  • Transdisciplinary studies of the intersection of business and peacebuilding among indigenous and tribal peoples
  • Human rights and business
  • Children in war zones and their post-healing efforts by the private sector towards peace
  • Millennial education of peace studies through business courses/ skill training in schools and universities
  • Civil society and collaborations with the private sector on peace making
  • Policy and practice case examples examining corporative-governmental strives towards the construction of peace
  • Private sector initiatives and ‘vehicles for peace’, such as: ESG investments, entrepreneurship and innovation, social impact bonds, corporate social responsibility (CSRs)
  • The role leadership and the CEO as a “peace entrepreneurs”
  • Philanthropic initiatives by corporations to “invest” in peacebuilding
  • The impact of advancing the UN SDGs by business in the pursuit of justice and peace
  • Relationships between peace/violence, political stability/fragility, and ethical business practices
  • Sustainable leadership leading towards peace.

Proposal guidelines: Books/edited collections

For books (monographs and edited collections), authors should send us:

  • A cover letter that explains the concept and aims of the proposed book.
  • A full CV, including previous publications if appropriate.
  • A detailed Table of Contents or, for an edited collection, a list of possible/probable contributors.
  • An indication of the intended size of the book in words.
  • A sample introductory chapter.
  • A proposed timeline, including likely completion date.
  • Suggestions on how the book might be marketed (key audiences, networks that may be interested, potential course adoptions) and whether there are possibilities for bulk purchases by the author(s) or his or her organization(s).
  • For the complete proposal guidelines, please refer to the Routledge website:

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:
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Proposals should be submitted to:
Rebecca Marsh, Senior Editor, Responsible Business and Sustainability
Routledge (and Greenleaf Publishing)
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