New Editor(s) for the Journal of Social Policy

The Editorial Board of the Journal of Social Policy invites applications for the editorship of the journal to run for a period of five years from January 2019 to December 2023. JSP is a journal of the UK Social Policy Association, published by Cambridge University Press, and is one of the leading social policy journals in the UK and internationally. This link to the SPA is a significant aspect of the role and editors are expected to attend and report to the committee on a quarterly basis.

Patricia Kennett and Misa Izuhara (University of Bristol) have co-edited the Journal since 2013, with Chris Deeming as Book Review Editor who will be remaining in post for another term. The Editor(s) will be under contract to Cambridge University Press and will work closely with the JSP Editorial Board and the Social Policy Association Executive Committee.

Application process:

Applications are invited either from individuals or editorial teams based at UK universities.  The Board is also happy to contemplate applications from teams that include one overseas member, with the provision that editors must be prepared to attend meetings of the Editorial Board in the UK and keep in regular contact with the Board.

Applications should provide details of the following:

  • The numbers of editors involved.
  • If a single editor, how you propose to manage the workload associated with a busy international journal
  • If an editorial team, how tasks will be divided between, or among, the team.  (Where editors work in different HE  institutions it will be important to make clear how the ‘team’ will function cohesively).
  • Whether or not you have institutional support.

Whether a single editor or an editorial team, please say what you can bring to the journal in terms of, for example, your experience of working on other journals, your areas of social policy expertise and so on.  In addition, you should set out a clear developmental strategy for the journal informed by a distinctive vision, making clear how this would build on the significant successes of the current editorial team over the past five years.  Particular issues here might be how you would plan to consolidate and increase JSP’s growing international presence, how you would plan to further improve the journal’s current ISI rankings in what is an increasingly competitive marketplace and, more functionally, how you would deal with the inevitable ‘space’ pressures created by the journal’s consistently high submission rates.

As Editors of the Journal of Social Policy you are expected to report to two Editorial Board meetings each year, one in July, usually held in London,  and the other at the annual SPA conference.  In addition, Editors of the Journal are members of the Editorial Board of Social Policy & Society, and Ex-Officio members of the Social Policy Association Executive Committee.

Whilst the official start date is January 2019 it is expected that the successful candidate(s) will shadow the existing co-editors for a period of up to 4 months (from 1 September 2018) to ensure a smooth handover.

Editors receive an honorarium from Cambridge University Press and CUP will also finance appropriate administrative support. Currently administrative support is provided through the existing editorial team, but it is recognised that a new editor or editorial team may wish to make their own arrangements.

Application deadline:

Applications should be forwarded by email and attachment to Rachael Dobson,, Secretary to the Social Policy Association, by 5pm Friday 27th October 2017. Applications will be shortlisted by a sub-committee of the Board and subject to consideration by the full Board, with the outcome announced and editorship awarded in January 2018.

Further information & contact details:

Interested parties are invited to contact the current editors and/or the Chair of the Editorial Board for informal discussion about the role.

Patricia Kennett (
Misa Izuhara (

Chair of the Board:
Karen Rowlingson (

If you wish to discuss financial arrangements and associated issues please contact Hannah Patrick at Cambridge University Press  (