Publish with UNU-CRIS: Open Calls

At UNU-CRIS, we're always looking for external contributors for a range of publications, in many different formats.

Below you can find those currently open. 

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United Nations University Series on Regionalism

The United Nations University Series on Regionalism, launched by UNU-CRIS and Springer, offers a platform for innovative work on (supra-national) regionalism from a global and inter-disciplinary perspective. It includes the World Reports on Regional Integration, published in collaboration with other UN agencies, but it is also open for theoretical, methodological and empirical contributions from academics and policy-makers worldwide.


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Recent titles include:

Regional Integration and Migration Governance in the Global South

© 2020

Rayp, Glenn, Ruyssen, Ilse, Marchand, Katrin (Eds.) 


The Changing Global Order: Challenges and Prospects

© 2019

Editors: Hosli, Madeleine O., Selleslaghs, Joren (Eds.) 


The Pacific Alliance in a World of Preferential Trade Agreements: Lessons in Comparative Regionalism

© 2019

Editors: Sauvé, Pierre, Lazo, Rodrigo Polanco, Alvarez Zarate, Jose-Manuel (Eds.)


UNU-CRIS Working Paper Series

Our Working Paper Series is designed to allow academics to share their arguments and elicit feedback. 

These are typically approximately 8000 words, and can be written in (British) English, French, Dutch or Spanish.

For the full set of guidelines, see below: 

UNU-CRIS Policy Brief

Our Policy Brief series aims to shine a spotlight on issues of governance at all levels and offer recommendations to policymakers. 

These are typically 2500-3000 words and should include specific policy recommendations on a concise issue.

For the full set of guidelines, see below:

Connecting Ideas Blog

Facilitating ideas, research, experiences and opinions, our Connecting Ideas blog series provides a forum for both UNU-CRIS and external researchers to share their expertise, and for our community to get an inside take on some of the most crucial issues of our time. 

Challenges and Opportunities for Regional Health Cooperation: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic and Other Infectious

To be submitted to Health Policy & Planning (OUP)


Philippe De Lombaerde
United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS)
and Neoma BS.
Doreen Montag
Centre for Global Public Health, Queen Mary University of London

Possible themes and topics for contributions to the special issue:

  • Regional cooperation strategies for health system strengthening (surveillance, prevention, human resources, vaccines, medicines) and their effectiveness
  • Epidemiological analyses and simulations of the dynamics of infectious diseases with/without regional health coordination or cooperation
  • Political-economic (comparative) analysis of health policy responses on COVID-19
  • Analysis of the mutual impacts of COVID-19 and regional cooperation, in cases such as Mercosur, CAN, CARICOM, African Union, ECOWAS, EU, SAARC, ASEAN, etc.
  • Coherence between, national, regional and global (WHO) responses
  • Regional cooperation on health policy responses for refugees
  • Regional health system responses to remote border control
  • Regional cooperation for support and integration of marginalized and indigenous populations
  • Challenges and opportunities of health security regulations for future pandemic preventions
  • Regional politics of biodiversity conservation in the realm of planetary health to prevent the emergence of future infectious disease.
  • Regional social policies, in terms of basic income to create a systemic response to social injustice and inequity putting some people at higher risk to disease and unequal treatment.

Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods are accepted.
Original research articles (preferably with a maximum length of 6000 words) are preferred. Review articles (with a maximum length of 10000 words) can also be considered.

Preliminary time frame 

Expressions of interest (with preliminary abstracts): to be sent to: and before July 15, 2020 
Acceptance of proposals by the editors: July 31, 2020 
Manuscripts: October 15, 2020 
The publication of articles, accepted by the special issue editors, in Health Policy & Planning is conditional upon acceptance of the special issue proposal by the journal editors and the outcome of the peer review process for each individual paper. 

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