Call for Papers on Behalf of Sharmistha Bagchi-SenPatterns and Consequences
of Inequalities in the Geographic Periphery

Guest Editors: Andrés Rodríguez-Pose (London School of Economics) and
Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen (State University of New York-Buffalo)

This special issue addresses the patterns and consequences of inequalities
in the geographic periphery. Economic and territorial inequality are key
issues in social science research today. Following an era of political push
toward neoliberalism 
the simultaneous rise of interpersonal and inter-territorial inequalities
have trapped large numbers of people in either declining or stagnating
regions or at the lower echelons of the social ladder in core areas.
Limited opportunities and lack of social mobility effectively mean the
emergence of two types of peripheries: a geographical one and a social and
economic periphery within the core. In this special issue, we aim to
accomplish three major goals. First we aim to better understand different
peripheries at various geographic scales – from the country- and
regional-level to the metropolitan dimension and intra-urban spaces within
world cities – by focusing on the data and methods to delineate what can be
considered a periphery. This implies acknowledging that the definition of
the periphery is “relative” to the geographic context being analyzed and
moving away from a binary core-periphery division to identify areas that
highlight the diversity within peripheries in terms of their human and
environmental conditions as well as linkages. The second objective is to
better comprehend the demographic, social, economic, political,
environmental relations between peripheries and core regions, which
determine the emergence of new peripheries. This requires identifying
different degrees of isolation, inclusivity, dependence, and
interdependence. The final goal is to show the evolution of power or
powerlessness within these peripheral areas—analyses of economic,
environmental, political, and social outcomes – and to try to find
solutions to the discontent, despair and, increasingly, resentment of the
individuals trapped in different types of peripheries. Overall, the special
issue intends to provide an understanding of the importance of the
periphery in shaping our current world and to propose solutions to improve
the livelihoods and well-being of those living in different types of

Submission guidelines

Please send your abstract (max. 500 words) to S. Bagchi-Sen ( by October 11, 2019. Notification about further
consideration of contributions (subject to the journal’s usual peer review
process) will be given by October 20, 2019. Full papers will be
expected by July
31, 2020. For more information about submitting to the journal, please
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