International Journal of Development Education and Global Learning

International Journal of Development Education and Global Learning ISSN: 1756-5278

 Contact the journal

 All general enquiries should be made to the 
 Editor-in-Chief, Dr Clare Bentall.



This internationally refereed journal is an academic response to the increased public and educational interest in learning and understanding about the wider world. The journal publishes the outcomes of educational research and current debates on development education, global learning, global education, and global citizenship education. These approaches to education have their roots primarily in the practice of non-governmental organisations and in formal education. However, the field has moved beyond a concern for improving public understanding of development, to a focus on how approaches to education and pedagogy enhance critical engagement with global issues. Development education, global learning, global education, and global citizenship encompass approaches to education and learning that challenge learners to link their own experience to the realities of inequality, poverty, sustainability and other global issues, with the aim of contributing positively in both their own contexts and globally.

The journal therefore brings key discussions and debates to the international academic and research community and highlights the richness and importance of this neglected area of academic work. Its purpose is to help advance theoretical and empirical understanding of development education and global learning through a focus on both research and reviewing policy and practice in the field.

The criteria for papers are that (i) they are analytical and critical, (ii) the ideas being discussed are transferable to other educational systems and cultures, and (iii) they are accessible to an international audience. The journal also accepts book reviews.

The journal has an internationally renowned editorial board of academics from around the world and will involve civil society bodies and NGOs through specially commissioned articles that review practice in different countries.





Clare Bentall, IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society

International Editorial Board

Philip Bamber, Liverpool Hope University, UK  
Tine Beneker, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
April Biccum, Australian National University, Australia
Nicole Blum, IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society
Douglas Bourn, IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society
Pei-I Chou, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan
Neda Forghani-Arani, University of Vienna, Austria
Katarzyna Jasikowska Jagiellonian, University in Krakow, Poland
Su-ming Khoo, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Ajay Kumar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
Gregor Lang-Wojtasik, University of Education, Weingarten, Germany
Elina Lehtomäki, University of Oulu, Finland
Karena Menzie, Central Queensland University, Australia
Silvia Moraes, Federal University of Ceara, Brazil
Alun Morgan, University of Plymouth, UK
Tania Ramalho, State University of New York at Oswego, USA
Annette Scheunpflug, University of Bamberg, Germany
Chris Shiel, Bournemouth University, UK
Lynette Shultz, University of Alberta, Canada
Rachel Tallon, Wellington Institute of Technology, New Zealand
Massimiliano Tarozzi, IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society & University of Bologna, Italy 
Yusuf Waghid, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Liam Wegimont, Global Education Network, Europe 
Su Yeon Park, Korea International Cooperation Agency, South Korea
Hiro Yumoto, Utsunomiya University, Japan

Book Reviews Editor 

Madeleine Le Bourdon, University of Bath, UK

The International Journal of Development Education and Global Learning (IJDEGL) is published twice a year, in June and December.

Open access policy 

All articles published in IJDEGL are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY) 4.0 international license agreement and published open access, making them immediately and freely available to read and download. The CC BY license agreement allows authors to retain copyright while allowing others to copy, distribute, and make some uses of the work. Further information regarding this can be found at and licensing terms and conditions can be found in our Journals Editorial Policy.

Abstracting & Indexing

UCL Press works with subject specific indexers to deposit published articles in relevant repositories and search databases. Articles published in IJDEGL are indexed in:

  • Dimensions  
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • EBSCO Education Source
  • ERIC
  • Google Scholar
  • OCLC
  • UCL Discovery   

Peer Review

Articles submitted to IJDEGL are subject to double-blind peer review, where both the reviewers and authors are anonymised during review. Authors should submit an anonymous version of the manuscript, stripped of all identifying references to the author(s) for peer review. Further information regarding peer review can be found in our Peer Review Policy.

Book reviews are subject to editorial review by the Book Reviews Editor, 
Madeleine Le Bourdon (    


Article publication charges (APC)

UCL Press journals do not levy an article-processing charge (APC) for submission or publication in this journal. Contributors to IJDEGL will not be required to make an APC payment for submission or publication of their article.

How to submit

The journal invites papers on all aspects of development education and global learning from any educational context worldwide. We especially welcome articles that explore the links between research, policy and practice, as well as those which critically reflect on appropriate approaches to research and pedagogy within development education and global learning. We particularly aim to publish articles from different parts of the world in order to ensure a diversity of voices and perspectives are heard.

Articles should be original. If any material overlaps with text the author has published elsewhere in a language other than English, this should be made clear when the article is submitted. All articles will be refereed by members of the editorial board and other internationally renowned academics, which may lead to suggestions for the improvement of the article. The author’s final draft will be edited and corrected by the journal’s editor.

Articles should generally be between 5,000 and 8,000 words, including abstracts and referencing. An abstract of 150-200 words in English should be provided at the beginning of the article. It is recommended that an outline of a proposed article is sent in advance of submitting the article. We consider other types of content (please see ‘Article types’ below).

All authors submitting to IJDEGL must read and accept the UCL Press Journals Editorial Policy, and consent to the UCL Journal Author Contributor Agreement. The notes here offer additional guidance.

Please read the following notes in full. Manuscripts that are not formatted appropriately for the journal will be returned for reformatting before peer review.

To submit articles and book reviews, click ‘SUBMIT TO JOURNAL’ below. You will need to register and/or log in to the online submission system. For technical queries and support, please email the journals coordinator:      


Article types 

Original research article
Original research articles are detailed studies reporting original research classified as primary literature.

Review article
Reviews provide critical and systematic appraisal of the current research to provide authoritative judgement to its particular context, topic, and field.

Less common articles
IJDEGL also considers other content. This might be a research ‘conversation’ between two or more academics, succinct analysis (2,000-3,000 words) of a current issue in education, or a report about ongoing research. Please send enquiries to the Editor-in-Chief, Clare Bentall.

Book review 
Book reviews are brief concise articles that provide an evaluation of a published scholarly book. Book reviews are often invited, but suggestions are welcome and should be sent to the Book Reviews Editor, Madeleine Le Bourdon ( A book review might assess the importance of a book's contribution to a particular field covered by the journal’s aims and scope and should aim to objectively review the strengths and weaknesses that concern the journal’s audience. Please read our detailed guidance for book reviewers and refer to the journal's aims and scope before submitting a review.

Preparing Your Manuscript

All authors submitting to IJDEGL must read and accept the UCL Press Journals Editorial Policy, and consent to the Author Contributor Agreement. The notes here offer additional guidance.

Ethics Approval

IJDEGL is committed to upholding the integrity of the work published. Papers may be reporting empirical research, or practice papers reporting practice-based evidence. Authors submitting research papers are required to follow best ethical practice for research as outlined in the British Educational Research Association or similar professional body (please indicate this clearly in your submission). Authors are required to show in their papers that they have received ethical approval for their research from all relevant institutional review boards and that they have followed General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) in the handling of personal data. Where such committees do not operate, authors are responsible for providing evidence of their adherence to relevant ethical guidelines (please indicate this clearly in your submission).

English language
All publications are in English (UK). In order to facilitate rigorous and high-quality peer review, all manuscripts should be written in good and coherent English. Should you require help when writing your manuscript, a native English-speaking colleague may be well suited to help edit the level of English language in the manuscript. You may also want to consider using a professional English language editing service to improve the level of English language. Please note that using professional English language editing services does not guarantee manuscript acceptance in the journal, and you may be charged for these services.

Covering letter
Authors are welcome to submit a covering letter with the manuscript, for the Editors’ reference. Should you wish to provide one, please briefly summarise your manuscript, its findings, major themes, relevant discussion points and any disclosures including conflicts of interest the Editor(s) should be aware of.

ORCiD helps researchers record and report their work by providing researchers with a personal unique identifier that can be kept throughout their career. UCL Press journals now implement ORCiD in publications and authors are encouraged to register with ORCiD and enter their ORCiD details on submission. To register, follow the instructions on the ORCiD web pages at, or for UCL authors please visit the UCL Open Access pages

Data and materials
IJDEGL encourages authors to either deposit any datasets on which conclusions in their manuscript rely in publicly available repositories or to present them in the main paper or additional supporting files, in machine-readable format (such as spread sheets rather than PDFs) whenever possible. UCL Press journal authors are encouraged to follow the FAIR data principles - to make data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable. Further information and guidance on these principles are outlined at

Formatting Your Submission 

All manuscript text should be Times New Roman 12-point font and be double spaced.

UCL Press’s style preferences are outlined in our Author Guidelines. These are written to support book authors, but the guidance on text styles is also appropriate for journal articles. 

Versions for Peer Review
The journal operates double-blind peer review, in which authors and reviewers are anonymised to keep their identity hidden from each other. Authors should submit the manuscript as:

  1. The complete manuscript not blinded, as a Word file (.doc/.docx, etc.) and;
  2. An anonymous PDF version of the manuscript, stripped of all identifying references to the author(s) for peer review (anonymisation includes references to authors, acknowledgements, self references, and any electronic author identification., etc.) Manuscripts may be returned before peer review if manuscripts are not sufficiently blinded.

Article content
Please prepare your manuscript under the following headings, and in the order given.

Title page
Your title
should succinctly reflect the article’s content, using key words that are most likely to draw interested readers to the content through a search engine. There are no hard rules, but titles that accurately communicate article content in a few careful words are more effective than catchy phrases that require a subtitle for explanation. Snappy quotations are best avoided. If the title takes up two full lines or more in the manuscript, it is too long.

Non-blinded version
Include the full title, the full names of contributing authors including their institutions/affiliation and address, their institutional email address, and their ORCiD IDs. The corresponding author should be identified.

Blinded version
Title only

Declarations and conflict of interests
Clearly state the following, having referred on each point to the UCL Press Journals Editorial Policy for guidance:

  • Any and all possible conflicts of interest and competing interests that may relate to the submitted manuscript, including all financial and non-financial competing interests. Where there are no conflicts of interests or competing interests, authors must clearly declare this under the same heading – usually as “The authors declare no conflicts of interest with this work”.
  • Statement of ethics or institutional review board approval for research (where applicable). See additional guidance on ethics approval under the heading ‘Preparing your manuscript’, above.
  • Consent for publication (where applicable).

Originality of article statement
All submitted articles must not be under consideration for publication anywhere else, nor have been published in any form prior to submission to any UCL Press journal. By submitting, authors are agreeing that the submission is original except for material in the public domain and such excerpts of other works have written permission of the copyright owner. Where there is potential for duplication authors must correctly reference and cite the work. Co-publication of an article, as agreed with the publisher and journal, may be considered in accordance with the ICMJE guidelines on overlapping publication, at the discretion of the Editor.

Present an abstract of 150 to 200 words. This should reflect the entire content of the submission. It should cover the key steps in your article, probably including the genesis of your project, research and/or theorising, research questions and.or hypotheses, the research design and methods, findings and outcomes, a discussion of these including limitations, and any indications offered for future action or research. Your abstract will ultimately be used by search engines, and it will form part of the meta-data that will be seen first by people searching your article.

List up to 10 keyword terms that accurately reflect the article.

Article text
Please refer to the ‘General notes for submission’ at the top of this page and to the article type descriptions above when preparing the main body of text.

If any abbreviations have been used, please define and list them accordingly under this heading.

Any sources of funding for the research reported should be declared, including any project codes.

Mention everyone whose contribution to the work you wish to recognise in this section. Those that contributed to the paper but are not listed as authors can be acknowledged here.

Notes on the contributor(s)
Please include an academic/professional biography of c.70 words for each of the listed authors.

A full reference list should contain all the sources cited in the text. Any source not cited in text should not be included. The journal uses an author, date style of referencing. Please refer to this guide.

Note on appendices
Articles in IJDEGL do not feature end-article appendices. All illustrative matter should be included in the body of the text or as a table/figure.

Preparing Tables and Figures

Authors are responsible for determining the copyright status of illustrations or other material they wish to reproduce in their article and, if necessary, obtaining permission to reproduce it. This applies both to direct reproduction and to ‘derivative reproduction’ (where authors create a new figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source). By including such material in their submission, authors warrant that it may be reproduced or adapted under the terms of the CC BY licence in the same way as their own work. Please note that short extracts of copyright text (excluding poetry and song lyrics) for the purposes of criticism, discussion, or review may be reproduced without formal permission assuming that the quotation is reproduced accurately and full attribution is given.

All tables and figures should be numbered sequentially (Table 1, Table 2, etc) and have a short, clear title or caption. Each one should be tagged in the correct place in the manuscript, e.g. <Insert Table 1 near here>, even if the table or illustration has been placed in the manuscript in its final position.

Tables and author-generated line diagrams
These should be incorporated into the text at their final position. Please supply tables formatted in Word.

Please submit these as separate, editable documents accompanied by the original Excel spreadsheet from which they were generated.

Illustrations, photographs
Please submit images as separate image files (jpg, tiff, eps).


Should your manuscript need revision to meet the journal’s requirements, or following peer review, please attend to the following points when revising your manuscript.

Provide your timely revisions along with a response letter to any reviewer reports, within the specified revision period to the handling editor.

  • Clearly show and/or highlight the revisions you have made in the text. This can be accommodated by making use of either a different colour text, highlighting the text, or by using Microsoft Word's Track Changes function.
  • In your response letter, address all points raised by the editor and reviewers, preferably sequentially and in a bullet point list.
  • Outline the revisions you have made to your manuscript.
  • Where applicable, perform any additional analyses or experiments the reviewers recommend (unless you feel that they would not make your paper better; if this is the case, explain why in your response letter).
  • Provide a polite objective rebuttal to any points or comments you disagree with.


Referencing Style

The journal uses an author, date style of referencing. Please refer to this guide.


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