Call for Papers

International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy

Call for papers for the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy:
Special Issue on ‘Policing Vulnerable People in Island Contexts’

Guest co-editors: Wendell C. Wallace and Loene Howes

Vulnerable people are frequently involved in interactions with police officers as victims, witnesses and/or offenders. The fair, safe, and effective policing of vulnerable people presents an array of challenges for police officers and organisations worldwide. However, some of the challenges are exacerbated, and additional challenges encountered, in island jurisdictions.

The co-editors welcome contributions of current research on conceptualisations and empirical studies of policing vulnerable populations in island contexts from different parts of the world. Researchers using qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods or comparative approaches are encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration.

Specifically, the focus of papers for ‘Policing Vulnerable People in Island Contexts’ may
include, but is not limited to:

  • Policing people from vulnerable populations, including children and young people, people with mental illness, people with disability, people experiencing homelessness, sexuality and gender-diverse people, First Nations people, people from ethnic minority groups, and people who have experienced domestic or family violence;
  • Education and training for police officers in responding to vulnerable people;
  • Challenges facing police organisations and officers in policing vulnerable people; and
  • Police officers’ own vulnerabilities in policing contexts in island jurisdictions.

Papers must be both theoretically informed and methodologically appropriate for their purpose. Submissions may either place ‘islandness’ at the centre of their analysis or should provide details on the specific island context under study to facilitate understanding and comparison across different island contexts.

Please submit directly to the co-editors of the special issue (;

Abstract: 15th September 2023 (up to 200 words)

Full manuscripts: 15th February 2024. Length 6,000-8,000 words, including abstract, references, appendices. Please see formatting guidelines:

Advance online publication: The special issue is due to be published as the first issue of 2025. Manuscripts that are accepted before the issue deadline may be published online in advance of the special issue.

Please get in touch with the co-editors with any questions.