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May 21, 2015

Call for Papers – Special Issue in Social Indicators Research: Vocational Experiences and Quality of Life of Migrants

Call for Papers – Special Issue in Social Indicators Research: Vocational Experiences and Quality of Life of Migrants

Guest Editors

Dr. Zhou Jiang, Central Queensland University, Australia
Prof. Paul J. Gollan, London School of Economics, UK and University of Queensland, Australia
A/Prof. Fei Guo, Macquarie University, Australia
Dr. Ying Wang, University of Western Australia, Australia

Migration has become a worldwide phenomenon and is reshaping the world socioeconomically, culturally and politically. This change has also affected workforce. While globalization has been driving the movement of workforce across national boundaries, the urbanization and economic development have been facilitating the intranational mobility of workers. Migrants, both intranational and international, are confronted with unexpected challenges as well as prospective opportunities while adapting to unfamiliar vocational/career contexts. These challenges and opportunities play critical roles in sustainable development of wellbeing and quality of life among migrant workers.

Investigating these phenomena will not only enrich our understanding of migrants’ work and career in an increasingly dynamic global work context, but will also generate new perspectives about how socioeconomic, cultural, political, environmental, and individual forces interplay to affect migrants’ vocational/career experiences and subsequently sustain and improve their quality of life.

This special issue aims to advance our knowledge of quality of life among migrant populations from theoretical, conceptual, and empirical perspectives. We are interested in submissions that address the broad areas of wellbeing and quality of life as a result of migrants’ vocational movement and career development. Submissions may focus on any aspects in relation to migrants’ vocational experiences to explore, evaluate, examine, explain, and theorize the issues concerning sustainable wellbeing and quality of life. We welcome multidisciplinary approaches such as sociology, economics, psychology, management, political science, and relevant others, to address migrants’ vocational and life issues from a wide range of perspectives.

We are particularly interested in studies that tap the below areas:

  • Investigation of the quality of life status among migrants from one or more particular cultural groups
  • Impacts of vocational/career contexts, shaped in social, cultural, and economic processes, on sustainable wellbeing of migrants
  • Exploration of the psychological processes through which career experiences shape migrants’ subjective wellbeing
  • Validation of existing, or development of new, measures of quality of life, subjective wellbeing, life satisfaction, and other relevant variables that specifically apply to one or more demographic groups of migrants, and link them to vocational/career related antecedents
  • Development of new theories to understand the unique composition of migrants’ wellbeing and quality of life, taking into account of vocational issues
  • Examination of vocational/workplace issues facing migrants and their impacts on various aspects of wellbeing and quality of life
  • Exploration of human resource practices promoting or hindering migrants’ career development and the impact of these practices on migrants’ wellbeing at work and in life
  • Understanding of the vocational environments facing minority groups of migrants (e.g., ethnical minority groups, migrants with disability etc.) and the strategies to enhance their quality of life through workplace interventions
  • Comparisons of the above areas between intranational and international migrants within the same cultural group, between different cultural groups of intranational migrants, or between different cultural groups of international migrants

However, submissions are not limited to these areas. We welcome both theoretical and empirical papers that enhance our understanding of the complex social reality that explains the linkage between migrants’ vocational development and their quality of life, by addressing any of the above topic areas and/or the associated themes. While we strongly encourage submissions to utilize quantitative or mixed methods, pure qualitative papers that offer innovative insights will also be considered.

Submission Process and Deadline

• Interested authors should express their interest by submitting the title and abstract to the guest editors at sirmigrants@gmail.com by December 15, 2015.
• The guest editors will then evaluate and select potential contributors and invite them to submit the full manuscript.
• Authors invited for full manuscript submission should follow the “Instructions for Authors” on the official website of Social Indicators Research (http://www.springer.com/social+sciences/journal/11205) to prepare manuscripts.
• Invited full manuscripts should be submitted via the online submission system of Social Indicators Research: http://www.editorialmanager.com/soci/ by March 15, 2016.
• Upon submission, the corresponding article type for this special issue (e.g., “Vocational Experiences and Quality of Life of Migrants”) should be selected.
• Enquiries can be addressed to Dr. Zhou Jiang (z.jiang@cqu.edu.au) or to sirmigrants@gmail.com.

All submissions will be subject to a double-blind peer review in accordance with the guidelines of Social Indicators Research. Manuscripts will first be reviewed and assessed by the guest editors for general suitability for the special issue. Suitable manuscripts will be sent to external reviewers for further examination. Upon the completion of external peer review, authors will receive comments from the reviewers and guest editors. Selected manuscripts will be invited for revisions based on reviewers’ comments. Revised manuscripts will be further examined by external reviewers and the guest editors before a final decision is made.


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