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Food Insecurity Special Issue

As an integral part of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, the UN identified alleviated food insecurity as critical to the health and prosperity of the worldwide population. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 2 aims at ending hunger, achieving food security, and improving nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture (UN, 2015). Once thought of only to be a problem in the Global South countries, food and security continues to affect as much as 15% of the US population (Nazmi, Martinez, Byrd, Bianco, McGuire, Crutchfield, Condron, & Ritchie, 2018), which is certain to rise given the current Covid-19 pandemic. With the current global health crisis and the continued spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has become even more imperative to examine and address hunger and food and security across countries, regions, and continents. How are governments, international and regional organizations, nonprofits and for-profit organizations, and public institutions approaching this emerging threat to human wellbeing and what are the consequences? Proposals may address any of the following questions and/or related issues from the perspective of international and comparative governance and public administration:

-How does current PA thinking position the field to address food insecurity?
-Does food insecurity have historical and structural root causes?
-Do state and non-state actors pursue policies to alleviate food and security?
-What collaborative initiatives are being pursued globally to achieve food and security?
-Are there global best PA practices for leaving food and security?
-How are food and security policies being assessed and evaluated?
-What are the important roles for international and global organizations?
-How are nations and global regions addressing the impact of climate change?


All submissions will be between 1,000 – 3,000 words including citations (using APA format). Occasional paper series submissions will follow one of the four models: policy briefs, practitioner perspectives, research ideas, and reflections. Each submission is subjected to a blind review in the series is open access and will be available via the SICA website and its social media accounts.


Please send the proposal with no more than 250 words to the occasional paper series editor, Cristina Stanica, at c.stanica@northeastern.edu by July 20, 2021. Full submissions are due by September 1, 2021.

Latin America Special Issue

In Latin America, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the enormous weaknesses of governments to deal with the health emergency and its social and economic consequences. In a context of social unrest, political polarization, precarious job markets, lack of social protection, and financial problems, the overall result in the region has been a large number of infections and deaths.

In several countries of the subcontinent, vaccination processes have already begun. However, the return to normality is far from being achieved. Although the suspension of activities at the beginning of the pandemic was a sudden process, which forced a rapid adaptation of our work, personal and school life, the return to (or the construction of) the “new post-pandemic normality” will be a gradual process, which will have to be properly managed to be successful. The reopening of businesses and schools, the reorganization of health systems, the redesign, expansion, and intensification of social and economic assistance policies, the reorganization of relations between national and subnational governments, the demilitarization of some public management areas, among other issues, will once again challenge the capacity of Latin American governments to manage the post-pandemic recovery.

The Occasional Paper Series provides a forum for SICA and non-SICA members, including academicians, practitioners, students, instructors, and researchers in Latin America academic and practitioner contexts to reflect upon the challenges faced by Latin American countries in managing post-pandemic recovery.

Submission Guidelines: We publish manuscripts between 1,000-3,000 words including references. Please use APA formatting and submit as a Word document. Graphs should be submitted as images, and tables using Microsoft Word will be accepted as embedded in the word text. For online reading, we encourage authors to adopt a reader-friendly style by avoiding lengthy paragraphs, using subheadings to break-up otherwise dense blocks of text, and include bullet points for lists and key points.

For our current call, please send a maximum 250-word proposal to editor, Cristina Stanica at c.stanica@northeastern.edu by October 1, 2021. Final papers are due by December 15, 2021.