Special Issues and Symposia

Feminist Economics Special Issues

Feminist Economics regularly publishes guest-edited special issues on important topical concerns on which feminist research and analysis can make an impact. Our Associate Editors approve the proposals for these issues, which feature substantive introductions by the Guest Editors.

2.3 – In Honor of Margaret Reid

3.2 – Exploring the Methodological Boundaries of Economics

4.3 – Employment and Inequality in the US, in honor of Barbara R. Bergmann

6.1 – Children and Family Policy

6.3 – Globalization 

8.2 – Gender, Color, Caste, and Class

9.2-3 – Amartya Sen’s Work and Ideas: A Gender Perspective

10.2 – Lone Mothers

11.2 – Gender and Aging

12.1-2 – Women and Wealth

13.3-4 – Gender, China, and the World Trade Organization

14.4 – AIDS, Sexuality, and Economic Development 

15.3 – Inequality, Development, and Growth

16.3 – Unpaid Work, Time Use, Poverty, and Public Policy

17.4 – Unpaid Work, Time Use, Poverty, and Public Policy 

18.2 – Gender and International Migration

19.3 – Critical and Feminist Perspectives on Financial and Economic Crises

20.1 – Land, Gender, and Food Security

20.4 – Gender and Economics in Muslim Communities

21.3 – Engendering Economic Policy in Africa

22.1 – Voice and Agency

23.3 – Sex Work and Trafficking

24.2 – The Care Economy, Gender, and Inclusive Growth in China

26.1 – Reproductive Health, Care, and Employment

27.1-2 Feminist Economic Perspectives on the COVID-19 Pandemic



A collection of articles on a focused topic; shorter in length than a special issue, and usually (but not always) featuring an introduction.

4.1 – Equal Opportunities and Employment Change in European Economics

18.4 – Off the Record: Reconstructing Women’s Labor Force Participation in the European Past (Part 1)

19.4 – Off the Record: Reconstructing Women’s Labor Force Participation in the European Past (Part 2)

24.3 – Sustainability, Ecology, and Care


Article Series

Similar to a symposium, but the articles appear grouped over several issues, which may or may not be consecutive.

12.4, 13.2, 14.1 – Gender and Change in Central and Eastern Europe

  1. 2 – Feminist Economic Methodologies

15.4 – Feminist Economic Research Reviews



Short articles focused on a specific topic. Explorations were common in early issues of the journal but are no longer featured.

3.2 – Field Work and Methodology

4.2– Toward Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Perspectives in Economics: How and Why They Make a Difference 

5.1 – Using the Web for Teaching

10.3 – Feminist and Economic Inquiry in Central and Eastern Europe

11.2 – Gender and Aging: Cross-National Contrasts

12.3 – The Status of Women Economists

13.1 – Human Rights

14.3 – Time-Use Surveys in the South



About Special Issues

Special issues are designed to gather and move forward the leading edge of feminist economic research. In an important sense, special issues are about processes: creating space and scope for collaboration across diverse groups of scholars to create new knowledge, presenting opportunities to include traditionally under-represented scholars, and mentoring those new to feminist economics. Special issues are thus about much more than publishing a group of papers on the same broad topic together.

All submissions to the special issue must go through the journal’s regular peer review process, albeit one that is coordinated by the special issue’s guest editors. We require that at least one of the special issue’s guest editors be a current or former Feminist Economics associate editor. Thus, there is at least one person (most of our special issue guest editor teams have more than that) on the guest editorial team who is familiar with our editorial and review processes and standards. You can find a current list of our associate editor team on the journal’s website, http://www.feministeconomics.net/editorial-team/. We also expect guest editors to write a substantive introduction to the special issue.

Special issues typically start with an open call for abstracts of proposed papers, followed by at least one author workshop to present drafts and garner feedback. In addition to greatly improving the quality of the papers, such a workshop offers additional opportunities for mentorship and participation, even among scholars whose abstracts may not have been accepted.

To apply for a special issue, you can submit a short proposal to the journal’s Editor, who will in turn bring it to the Associate Editor team for consideration. The proposal should include the following elements.

    1. Title of Proposed Issue
    2. Description — one or two paragraphs
    3. Sample Paper Topics
    4. Proposed guest editors, with at least one being a current Feminist Economics associate editor.
    5. Possible Funders to Approach. With rare exceptions, we must restrict ourselves to publishing special issues for which the costs, including editing, are fully covered — generally by a nonprofit foundation or governmental agency. Special issues are wonderful partly because they enable us to include traditionally under-represented scholars and perspectives, but we also find that the demands on our style editing are much greater. Special issues are also much better when they involve at least one author workshop to present drafts and garner feedback.


About Symposium

Rather than a special issue, an alternative is to submit the papers to the journal individually (please see www.feministeconomics.org for submission guidelines). Depending on how many papers are accepted, we can consider grouping them as a short series or symposium. Note that it can be difficult for us to “group” papers in an issue, as individual papers tend to move through peer-review and revisions processes at different rates. Please reach out to the Editor if you are interested in this option.