FINAL REMINDER! Call for papers: March 2023 special issue


This special issue strives to bring together debates, applications and critiques of responses to COVID-19 and the long-term opportunities and challenges for changing the face of higher education. Consequently, examining the immediate responses to the challenges for completing the academic year, the enrolment of new students and the realities of evolving strategic action and approaches. The rapid change has also provided new opportunities for social justice and support of vulnerable students, staff and communities.

The special issue aims to unpack data needs and change requirements to inform decision-making, planning and implementation. It aims to examine approaches to scenario planning and predictive approaches in an environment where rapid change has devalued the relevance of historical data. The guest editors of this special issue invite authors to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words on any of the sub-themes below:

1.     Agents of change and transformation in higher education

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the face of the world. Unfortunately, many of the changes worldwide and in Higher Education have been interim and emergency measures. How can higher education regain a pro-active stance, facilitating directed change instead of being reactive? How do we envision, plan and implement new and improved higher education and what have we learnt from the interim measures and approaches?

2.     Understanding transformation through the lenses of student success and access

Transformation is a broad concept. However, the pandemic has provided a new lens to expand the view of student success and access. Success and access cannot be attained if it is not conceptualised.

3.     Borderless Higher Education in the making

Higher education during the COVID-19 pandemic has shown resilience in coping with education in an asynchronous and a-geographic setting. Borders no longer purely refer to inter- and trans-geographic borders. What does this mean for teaching and learning; digitisation; new pedagogies; quality; funding; certification and technology in higher education?

4.     Normalising flexibility in work, study and research

The paradigm of staff and students being present and face-to-face engagement started being challenged before the COVID-19 pandemic. While traditional thinking has argued for limiting absenteeism and a focus on hours of work and study, the challenge of presenteeism has increased. Being geographically present does not guarantee engagement or productivity. How do we achieve a humancentric, productive and successful study and research context?

5.     Students and staff well-being in the rapidly changing higher education landscape

The COVID-19 pandemic has provided an opportunity to engage with students and staff wellness proactively. In some cases, new research has been done on the study and work environment. It has highlighted the importance of a conducive environment for students and staff in environments not under the direct control of an institution. In addition, the shift to digital measures has placed well-being and a human-centric approach to higher education into focus.


  • Only submissions received through the OJS platform will be considered.
  • Conceptual papers are welcome
  • Submission of abstracts close: 20 May 2022.
  • Submission of full manuscripts close: 05 August 2022.
    • Only abstracts selected by the guest editors will be requested to submit full manuscripts.
  • NO late submissions will be considered.
  • Technical aspects:
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  • Submissions that do not conform to the technical aspects will not be considered.
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