Nominations open: SPA Executive Committee; Journal of Social Policy and Social Policy & Society Editorial Boards

Nominations to the Social Policy Association Executive Committee, and Editorial Boards of the Journal of Social Policy and the Journal of Social Policy & Society are now open.

There are:

  • Six vacancies on the SPA Executive Committee.
  • Three vacancies on the Journal of Social Policy Editorial Board.
  • Two vacancies on the Social Policy & Society Editorial Board.

(See below for details of each vacancy)

In all cases, applicants need to be a member of the Social Policy Association and nominated by two members of the association. Applicants must complete the nomination form, which includes a 250-300 word statement. Please provide brief details of interests, experience and what you think you can bring to the committee/Board, and the names of a proposer and a seconder (both of whom must also be SPA members).

Please send completed nomination forms to SPA Secretary, Rachael Dobson, r.dobson@bbk.ac.uk.

Key dates:

  • Call closes Wednesday 30th May
  • The ballots will go live Wednesday June 20th 2018 at 9am
  • Election closes 15:15 Wednesday 11th July 2018.
  • The names of those elected will be agreed at the SPA Annual General Meeting (Wednesday 11th
    July 2018, University of York, 17:00-18:00 in Exhibition Centre PX001), and announced to the SPA membership and wider public thereafter.

The elections will take place in an online secret ballot. The purpose of an online election will mean that all SPA members may vote, regardless of Annual General Meeting and conference attendance. It is also intended to reduce waste associated with hard copy election processes.

Members will be able to view all nominations and information about candidates as they go through the online election process.

SPA Executive Committee:

There are six vacancies arising on the SPA Executive Committee. The SPA meets quarterly, and elected members are expected to attend and contribute to the ongoing activities of the committee. Members are elected to a three year term, commencing July 2018, after which they may stand for re-election for a second term (no member may stand for more than two terms).

If you have any questions about what is involved in the role please do not hesitate to get in touch (r.dobson@bbk.ac.uk).

Nominations for the Editorial Board of the Journal of Social Policy:

There are three vacancies arising on the editorial board of the Journal of Social Policy.
The Editorial Board meets twice a year, with the January meeting in London, and the July meeting taking place at the annual Social Policy Association Conference venue.

Members are expected to attend meetings and to contribute to the strategic development of
the Journal of Social Policy. There is also the opportunity to take an active role in encouraging the submission of high quality papers, as well as disseminating information regarding articles and blogs to the wider community. Members also have an important
role in supporting the co-editors by reviewing papers submitted for publication. Whilst a vital process for the Journal, Editorial Board members can expect to be asked to review between 3 to 5 articles a year, so it is not too arduous a task. For names of current members see:
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-social-policy/information/editorial-board.

Editorial board members serve on the board for four years starting from 1st January 2019. Applications from any area of social policy expertise are welcome.

If you require any further information regarding the role of editorial board member of the
Journal of Social Policy please do not hesitate to contact the Co-Editors Patricia Kennett (p.kennett@bristol.ac.uk) or Misa Izuhara (m.izuhara@bristol.ac.uk).

In your nomination form, please provide brief details of interests, experience and what you think you can bring to the Journal of Social Policy. See above for election process and deadlines.

Nominations for the Editorial Board of Social Policy and Society:

There are two vacancies arising on the editorial board of Social Policy and Society. The
Editorial Board meets twice a year (usually January (in London) and July (at the annual SPA conference) and members of the editorial board attend both meetings. The key role of the editorial board is to support the managing editors in defining and implementing
the strategic direction of the journal, and as such, members are expected to play an active role in promoting the journal, including through encouraging high quality submissions of articles and themed section proposals. Members are also expected to review
themed section proposals, and may be asked to referee articles in accordance with their expertise. Editorial Board members serve on the board for a period of four years: 2019-2022. Nominations from previous board members are welcome provided a period of four
years has passed since their last membership.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the board, please feel free to contact the
editors, Majella Kilkey (m.kilkey@sheffield.ac.uk) and Liam Foster (l.foster@sheffield.ac.uk)
to discuss the role of Editorial Board members. For current membership see:https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/social-policy-and-society/information/editorial-board

In your nomination form, please provide brief details of interests, experience and what you think you can bring to Social Policy & Society. See above for election process and deadlines.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact SPA secretary Rachael Dobson (r.dobson@bbk.ac.uk).

Best wishes,

Rachael Dobson
SPA secretary