International Journal of Social Pedagogy

A UCL international open access journal publishing high quality original research papers on social pedagogy in the broadest sense.

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The International Journal of Social Pedagogy

Edited by Claire Cameron and Gabriel Eichsteller


About the journal

The International Journal of Social Pedagogy (IJSP) is a peer-reviewed, open access journal publishing articles on social pedagogy in the broadest sense, which includes all aspects of social, philosophical, pedagogical and educational parameters. Relevant areas of practice explored in the journal from a social pedagogical perspective include: education, adult education, life-long learning, social work, social care, personal and social well-being and growth, social-pedagogical problems (for example neglect, intimidation, bullying, prejudices, social marginalisation, school exclusion etc.), teaching support in schools, family support, youth work, youth and criminal justice, learning disability and physical disability services, support for older people, community education, children’s participation, children’s and human rights.

The interdisciplinary field of social pedagogy is developing and evolving constantly, seeking strong connection between, and unity of, theory and practice. IJSP considers it critically important to provide a platform for dialogue between theory and practice. It therefore encourages both original contributions about theory and research in social pedagogy and articles that reflect social pedagogical perspectives in practice settings throughout the United Kingdom and globally.

IJSP welcomes articles that demonstrate innovative contributions which can show the dynamics and the potential of social pedagogy from researchers, scholars, educators, policy-makers, and practitioners in social pedagogy and related fields. Articles that show scholarly depth, breadth or richness of different aspects of social pedagogy are particularly welcome.


About the Editors

Professor Claire Cameron is Deputy Director of Thomas Coram Research Unit at the UCL Institute of Education. Previously a social worker, her research contributes to the development of the children’s workforce and the quality of life of children and young people attending care and education services. She has edited several books, is on the editorial board of the Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care and is currently co-editor of The SAGE Handbook of Early Years Policy due for publication in 2017.

Gabriel Eichsteller is a co-founder and director of ThemPra, a social enterprise supporting professionals and organisations in exploring social pedagogy. As a course facilitator, Gabriel has been involved in several pioneering projects with a number of practice organisations in the UK and co-ordinates the Social Pedagogy Development Network. He is a founding editor of IJSP and has written a series of book chapters and articles on social pedagogy and children’s risk competence.


Society information

International Journal of Social Pedagogy is supported by ThemPra, a social (pedagogical) enterprise which supports the sustainable development of social pedagogy. Find out more about ThemPra here.



Journal Editorial Board


Prof Claire Cameron, UCL Institute of Education, UK
Gabriel Eichsteller, ThemPra, UK




Please see the journal homepage for further information on submission to the journal.

The International Journal of Social Pedagogy welcomes submissions on the themes related to contemporary and historical architecture and its relationship with media, politics and/or society in its broadest sense. Authors should follow the journals author guidelines, manuscripts that are not formatted appropriately for the journal will be referred to edit accordingly before peer review.

All submissions are currently being sent to the Editors in the first instance. Please email your full manuscript, author CV, as well as a 250 word abstract to the Editors at admin[at]

UCL Press journals do not at this time currently charge an Article-Processing Charge (APC). Authors of accepted papers will not be requested or required to make an APC payment before publication of their article.



Special Issues

The International Journal of Social Pedagogy welcomes proposals from Guest Editors for specific special issues. These special issues are themed and focused publications that fit within the overarching remit of the journal. Proposals are welcome from editors with a specialism in any relevant field.

All general enquiries should be made to the Editors at admin[at]




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