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Call for Editors of Families, Relationships and Societies


The Editorial Management Board of Families, Relationships and Societies invites applications to join an expanding editorial team for three years from January 2021 as either a Co-Editor or Associate Editor to help shape and develop the journal.

Application deadline: Friday 9 October 2020

Families, Relationships and Societies (FRS) aims to be a journal of choice for family studies scholars who are addressing issues of theoretical, methodological and empirical importance. Founded in 2012, it has already established significant reach and reputation. The journal also aims to provide a fair, constructive, consistent and timely editorial process that offers genuine engagement with submissions.

Learn more about the journal.

The journal reflects diverse theoretical and methodological approaches and draws on international research and global perspectives. It is not aligned to one social science discipline: it welcomes scholarship from sociology, social policy, and social work, and also more widely, human geography, demography, anthropology, childhood studies, socio-legal studies, and explicitly interdisciplinary perspectives. It includes work based on a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods. FRS encompasses the fluidity, complexity and diversity of contemporary social and personal relationships and their need to be understood in the context of different societies and cultures. It prioritises work that makes original empirical contributions, challenges theoretical understandings, and/or contributes to ideas about practice, including challenging alternatives. 

We invite applications from Co-Editors and Associate Editors who reflect the multi-disciplinary and international nature of the journal in their expertise (sociology, social policy, social work, and related disciplines) and complement the interests of the current Editorial board. 

Co-Editor responsibilities 

  • Handle manuscripts. Working in liaison with an editorial assistant, Co-Editors will allocate reviewers and make the final decisions on submissions
  • work with authors to enhance the quality of their manuscripts, ready for publication
  • attend virtual monthly editorial meetings to ensure consistency and timeliness of processes and to liaise on strategy
  • attend Management Board meetings twice a year 
  • develop and sustain a network of referees
  • promote the journal through their professional and disciplinary networks


Associate Editor responsibilities 

  • Handle manuscripts. Working in liaison with an editorial assistant, Associate Editors will allocate reviewers and make the initial decisions on submissions
  • work with authors to enhance the quality of their manuscripts, ready for publication
  • attend Management Board meetings twice a year
  • promote the journal through their professional and disciplinary networks


Applications should include a short CV and a covering letter detailing any experience you have working on journals, include any relevant expertise and explaining why you are suitable for the role. This letter should be no longer than 500 words.

Please submit your application by Friday October 9 2020 to Edwina Thorn, Senior Journals Executive at Policy Press, at edwina.thorn@bristol.ac.uk

Please feel free to contact the incoming Editor-in-Chief Esther Dermott at esther.dermott@bristol.ac.uk to informally discuss either role.

All applications will be considered by a Selection Committee, and shortlisted candidates may be interviewed. The selected candidates will enter into a contract with Policy Press, the publisher of the journal.

Editorial Team from January 2021

Editor-in-Chief

Professor Esther Dermott, University of Bristol, UK

Editor at Large

Professor Lynn Jamieson, Edinburgh University, UK

Co-Editors (up to 3 vacancies)

Dr Manik Deepak-Gopinath, Open University, UK

Associate Editors (up to 4 vacancies)

Dr Harriet Churchill, Sheffield University, UK

Dr Stephen Crossley, Durham University, UK

Dr Tina Haux, University of Kent, UK (Special Issues)

Professor Tina Miller, Oxford Brookes University, UK (Open Space)