The Department is active in the dissemination of its research findings to both the academic and policy community through books, articles and reports. Members of staff are also active in the promotion of social science research through their work on the editorial boards of key international journals and acting as policy advisors.
Staff are currently on the editorial boards of a range of international journals that include: Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, Journal of Gender Studies, Anthropology in Action, Global Studies of Childhood, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Identities, Disability and Society, European Journal on Ageing, Asian Social Work and Social Policy Review, Mortality, European Journal of Women´s Studies, Sociological Research On-line, Global Social Policy, Revija za Socijalnu Politiku, Hong Kong Journal of Social Work, Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, Representing Children, British Journal of Community Justice, Child and Family Social Work, Childhoods Today, Men and Masculinities.
The following journals have editors in the department:
Social Policy and Society
- Dr Liam Foster, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Social Work, Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield
- Dr Majella Kilkey, Reader in Social Policy, Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield
In January 2016, Liam Foster and Majella Kilkey took up a five-year term as editors of Social Policy and Society, a peer-reviewed journal jointly owned by Cambridge University Press and the UK Social Policy Association.
Social Policy and Society represents one of the key leading social policy journals in the UK. It has a proven track record of excellence, particularly in relation to attracting submissions on contemporary policy-related research and associated developments in the social sciences from established academics and early career researchers from the UK, Europe and internationally.
Each issue contains a selection of peer-reviewed articles and, uniquely, a themed-section edited by a guest editor(s). The latest issue’s themed section is entitled ‘UK's Membership of the EU: Brexit and the Gains, Losses and Dilemmas for Social Policy’ and is guest edited by Ania Plomien (London School of Economics and Political Science).
In association with the UK Social Policy Association, the Journal also runs the Insight into Publishing Scheme, which gives PhD students the opportunity to learn more about the process of getting published in journals.
- Professor Sarah Neal, Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield
Together with academic colleagues at other UK universities, Sarah Neal edits the Sage journal Sociology.
Sociology, an official journal of the British Sociological Association, is acknowledged as one of the leading journals in its field. For more than three decades, the journal has made a major contribution to the debates that have shaped the discipline and has an undisputed international reputation for publishing original research of the highest academic standard. The scope of Sociology is wide ranging - both geographically and substantively - and it includes shorter notes, comments, reviews of recent developments and book reviews as well as core theoretical and empirical research papers. It also publishes occasional special issues principally devoted to particular themes.
International Journal of Care and Caring
- Professor Sue Yeandle, Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield
Together with colleagues in other UK universities and in Australia, the USA and Taiwan, Sue Yeandle submitted a proposal for a new journal in Autumn 2015. Following peer review and commercial assessment, this was accepted by the Policy Press in January 2016.
Commencing publication in 2017, the International Journal of Care and Caring (IJCC) is a new multidisciplinary journal designed to advance scholarship and debate in the important and expanding field of care and caring. Multidisciplinary and international in scope, it will publish high quality contributions on care, caring and carers from all regions of the world. IJCC will have a broad focus, covering care and caring for people of any age who have long-term conditions, disabilities or frailties, or who are seriously ill or near the end of life. It will explore the economic, organisational, political, social, legal, familial, transnational and ethical settings in which this care occurs.
IJCC will be concerned with care provided as paid work and as support for family members, friends or neighbours; with care in home, community and residential settings; and with formal and informal care relations, organisation, systems and markets. It will focus on 'receiving' and 'giving' care and on the gendered nature and social, political, legal and economic status and circumstances of care and caring. It will debate the support needed in localities, workplaces and health systems to make care and caring feasible and rewarding for carers and dignified and supportive of independence for care recipients. IJCC will welcome contributions on caring relationships, the ethics and political economy of care, care as a focus of moral philosophy and feminist analysis and care and caring as sources of claims-making and challenge and as the spur for national and global social movements.