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European Journal of Development Research


  • Explores processes that advance or impede development.

  • Covers development research from political, economic, sociological and anthropological perspectives.

  • Examines developmental challenges.

The European Journal of Development Research (EJDR) redefines and modernises what global development is, recognising the many schools of thought on what development constitutes, encouraging debate between competing approaches. The journal is multidisciplinary and welcomes papers that are rooted in any fields including (but not limited to): anthropology, climate, development studies, economics, education, geography, international studies, management, politics, social policy, sociology, sustainability, and the environment. EJDR explicitly links with development studies, being hosted by European Association of Development Institutes (EADI) and its various initiatives.


The European Journal of Development Research embraces a critical use of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods. We also welcome articles around impact evaluation, as well as reviews such as systematic reviews and meta-analysis. The research methods used in the journal’s articles make explicit the importance of empirical data and the critical interpretation of findings. Authors can use a combination of theory and data analysis to expand the possibilities for global development. Data use in the journal ranges broadly from narratives and transcripts, through ethnographic and mixed data, to quantitative and survey data

The European Journal of Development Research encourages papers which embody the highest quality standards, and which use an innovative approach. We urge authors who contemplate submitting their work to the EJDR to respond to research already published in this journal, as well as complementary journals and books. We take special efforts to include global voices, and notably voices from the global South. Queries about potential submissions to EJDR can be directed to the Editors.

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EJDR Early Careers Initiative

The European Journal of Development Research (EJDR) recognises the need to provide a forum for the publication of original and high quality research by individuals that are early in their research career. By ‘early’ we intend up to 5 years post-doctorate; or with 5 years or less research experience.

We understand that producing publishable research requires the understanding of the journal peer-review and publication process. This is in addition to requirements for the preparation of papers to abide by EJDR’s standards in terms of content, and to follow EJDR’s instructions for authors in terms of form. Early careers researchers may not always be familiar with these processes. EJDR’s early careers initiative has been designed to assist with the understanding of this process. It is a ‘supported learning’ submissions route for early careers authors, to help fulfil their potential.

Authors whose manuscripts are eligible for the early careers initiative will benefit from:

  • Initial feedback on the manuscript (upon submission, before it is sent out for blind peer review): this is to ensure the paper is strong, and that it will be assessed on its merit by reviewers. 
  • Advice on the best way of incorporating reviewers’ feedback.

EJDR has appointed Dr Tewodaj Mogues as Editor for Early Careers Submissions.

For full Information of the scheme and eligibility, click here.