It is with great pleasure that Global Policy: Next Generation invites applications for a Deputy Editor to join our team starting February 2024. Now in its fifth year, GPNG is an annual issue of Global Policy dedicated to early career researchers doing cutting edge work worldwide.

As an editorial team, we seek to bring to the fore ideas and research that are at the leading edge of policy work regarding issues that are multilevel – local and global, and micro and macro in size and impact. Importantly then, as an editorial team, we place no restrictions upon the content of submissions other than their relevance and impact to current and future policy issues globally. Our articles have varied widely, from civil conflict to the application of law in outer space to existential risk, but are unified through their important policy relevance.

Global Policy: Next Generation goes beyond producing a peer-reviewed academic journal. It has established a platform for early-career researchers to engage with the wider community of both academia and policymaking by promoting their research through a variety of media. In addition to academic peer reviewed articles, GPNG offers early-career researchers the opportunity to publish opinion pieces, present current research via podcast interviews, and engage with academics of all experience levels in a variety of innovative ways. We also maintain an internship programme designed to provide advanced MA and early PhD students with experience in the process of academic publishing, with an eye to diversifying the academic publishing field.

As a Deputy Editor, you would be responsible for:

  • Reading and assessing manuscripts for relevance and suitability for peer review
  • Communicating editorial guidance and revisions to authors
  • Mentoring and supporting early career scholars through the academic journal publication process, including explaining and summarising peer review feedback
  • Finding and assigning reviewers qualified to assess manuscripts
  • Proofing preprints for formatting, layout, and other copyediting consistencies
  • Engaging in promotion and outreach activities, including but not limited to Twitter threads, video and podcast interviews, and conference attendance for ‘meet-the-editor’ outreach events.

Candidates should be conducting a PhD in a relevant discipline or have received their doctorate within the last five years. You should be comfortable working in English. We are particularly interested in applications from traditionally underrepresented groups and candidates at institutions in the Global South. This is a remote, stipend-based position requiring approximately 5 hours per week, including a weekly meeting, although commitments may vary depending on the time of year. Details of the role and activities that GPNG entails can be found in our case study article published here

To apply, please submit a one page cover letter and short CV (2 page maximum) detailing your relevant experience and interest in becoming a Deputy Editor to with the subject line “Application for Deputy Editor” by 10th January 2024. Once applications have been received successful candidates will be invited to participate in a short editing assessment as the second stage of the process, followed by an online interview with the current Editorial team as the final stage. Any questions regarding the application process can be sent to

Fourth Edition

GPNG%20Cover%2014.4_0.jpgGlobal Policy: Next Generation is an annual issue from Global Policy and is funded by the Global Policy Institute. The Institute is hosted in the School of Government and International Affairs and is a joint venture with the Durham Law School. This multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed publication provides a platform for graduate and early career researchers to publish research on-par with the most rigorous of academic journals. We seek out the next generation of groundbreaking research in global policymaking and broaden horizons in terms of both content and authorship.

The fourth issue of Global Policy: Next Generation focuses on the agents and processes that run the institutions—and in some cases build the new institutions—structuring bulwarks against the multiple overlapping challenges of the twenty-first century. They include articles how on experts working on the SDGs manage the boundaries between science and politics; subnational actors' role in shaping the creation of the International Renewable Energy Agency; and the post-war outcomes for Ukraine tackling corruption. There is also a special memoriam section dedicated to Dr. Nathan Sears, an emerging scholar who had already fundamentally shaped the field of existential risk and who published one of the most impactful articles in GPNG's history. 


Editorial - Gregory Stiles, Flavia Lucenti, Katharine Petrich and Mary Keogh

Research Articles

When policy entrepreneurs drift between levels: The creation of the International Renewable Energy Agency - Tony Mueller

Boundary experts: Science and politics in measuring the Sustainable Development Goals - Thor Olav Iversen

‘Call the Bluff’ or ‘Build Back Better’—Anti-corruption reforms in post-war Ukraine - Michael Martin Richter

Special Section - In Memoriam

Remembering the scholarship of Nathan Sears: A forum in memoriam - Emma Lecavalier and Gregory Stiles

Nathan Sears: “… in the midst of catastrophe” - Haydn Belfield

Two meetings - Scott Janzwood

‘Great power rivalry and the securitization of humanity’: Nathan Alexander Sears' last presentation - Michael Lawrence

Existential security: Safeguarding humanity or globalising power? - Tom Hobson and Olaf Corry

Existential security and the governance challenge: Confronting the antinomies of securitisation - Steven Bernstein


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The Implications of Inconsistent Content Moderation: Reflections on Ukraine and Yemen Conflicts






Caroline Tynan argues that online platforms must adhere to and carefully balance international human rights law to tackle online hate and extremism during conflicts.

Over the last several years, human rights organizations have noted with alarm the problem of automated removal of extremist content. Not only have these policies lacked transparency and been used against journalists and activists, but they have also removed evidence of war crimes.  (Continued...)




Call for Papers: Contribute to the next edition of GPNG

Global Policy: Next Generation is now commissioning articles for upcoming editions. Our aim is to stimulate cross-cutting debates around a range of global policy and collective action issues, from the environment and health to global poverty and security and beyond. Accordingly, we place no restrictions upon the content of submissions other than their relevance and impact to current and future policy issues worldwide. If you are interested in contributing, please see here.