The United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) is now requesting research proposals on a core theme of the Addressing group-based inequalities project: ‘Experiences of Reform’.
UNU-WIDER invites qualified researchers for papers examining the politics and experiences of reform to address ethnic inequality that include focused analysis of one or more government policies, programmes, or other reform efforts to address ethnic inequality. Interested applicants should note that proposals on other related topics — including impact evaluations and other analyses whose primary focus is to assess the impact of a given policy — are outside the scope of this request.
The aim is that papers invited under this request will contribute to a body of work providing in-depth examination of experiences of reform in addressing ethnic inequalities, contributing to their work under this research stream. Papers of sufficient quality will be published in the WIDER Working paper series, and some may be invited to participate in an edited book volume and/or a journal special issue.
A core aim of this request for research proposals is to support researchers in and from the countries of study. As such, submissions from these groups or individuals are particularly encouraged. Proposals from individuals (or groups of individuals) as well as non-profit organizations are welcome. Applications from developing country researchers, as well as early-career and female scholars, are especially encouraged.
Proposals will be scored based on the following criteria:
- the proposal speaks to the core themes and questions of this research initiative;
- the proposal demonstrates research merit, outlines a feasible research plan, and is likely to produce a paper publishable in a peer-reviewed journal or book in political science, development economics, development studies, public administration, or related fields;
- the proposal supports researchers and research capacity in the global South, especially in the countries of study (e.g., authors are based at institutions in the countries of study, author teams include early-career researchers from the countries of study or other global South countries, etc.).
In general, they expect successful applicants will hold a PhD in political science, economics, or a related field, or be near PhD completion.
For successful proposals:
- Researchers or their institutions (non-profit) will sign a Consultant Contract or an Institutional Contractual Agreement with UNU-WIDER that follows the UNU conditions of service for Consultant Contracts (CTC), or Institutional Contractual Agreements (ICA).
- Researchers/institutions will transfer copyright of research produced under the contract to UNU-WIDER. The purpose of this copyright transfer is to allow UNUWIDER to effectively negotiate with editors of journals/books in order to seek the most desirable possible publication outlet for a related set of papers. If no (further) publication is to be expected by UNU-WIDER, the copyright can be returned to the author(s).
For more information, visit https://www.wider.unu.edu/opportunity/addressing-ethnic-inequality-%E2%80%93-experiences-reform