SPECIAL ISSUE CALL FOR PAPERS: Crisis, Pandemic, and Beyond: Nonprofits and Adaptive Capability of Communities


Crisis, Pandemic, and Beyond: Nonprofits and Adaptive Capability of Communities

Guest Editors
Kunle Akingbola (kakingbola@lakeheadu.ca)
AlinaBaluch (amb33@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Carol Brunt (bruntc@uww.edu)
Ian Cunningham (ian.cunningham@strath.ac.uk)

The enormity of crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and natural disasters are doing more than testing and upending the health and wellbeing of people across communities, it is a seismic threat to the institutions of society. Over the past decades, the global scale of these crisis has highlighted complexity in terms of the economic, social, political and environmental impacts which requires new knowledge and understanding (Therrien, Normandin, and Denis, 2017), For example, to highlight the global reach of COVID-19, the International Labour Organization noted that as a result of the pandemic, nearly 1.6 billion workers in the informal economy, nearly half of the global workforce, could lose their livelihoods (ILO News, April 29, 2020). For nonprofit organizations, the questions about the impact of these crisis are complex, multidisciplinary and potentially system-wide disruptive. Similar to previous crisis but at a significantly higher level, nonprofit organizations have been called upon to lead the response to COVID-19 on many fronts, to heighten their community-problem solving role by caring for the vulnerable population such as seniors, in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic and to urgently extend their services while exemplifying their mission, and values without the opportunity to plan (Honan, Brody, & Calfas, 2020; Weeks et al., 2020). In all, nonprofits are doing, adapting and navigating a short and long-term crisis environment characterized by certain change with unimaginable unpredictability (Imagine Canada, 2020).

Perhaps equally challenging is the need to understand and provide empirical evidence of the nature, scope and dimensions of the impacts of the crisis on nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit practitioners and researchers alike are asking questions about what the organizations and stakeholders are doing, how they are coping and what they are likely to do in light of the emergent impacts of crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic in the short and long-term in terms of services, management, governance, fundraising etc. Thus, this special issue aims to explore the multidimensional impacts of crisis such as the COVID-19, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and natural disasters on nonprofit organizations, their clients and employees. The special issue brings together perspectives on how the new environment that is emerging from COVID-19 and recent crisis will drive the core characteristics, relationships, systems, management practices and processes including resources and capabilities of nonprofit organizations. Examples of questions that might be relevant to nonprofit practitioners and researchers in the special issue include:

- What is the link between community needs and the partnerships developed as a result of crisis?
- What types of human capital did nonprofits require and what types were deployed to cope with COVID-19 or another recent crisis?
- How did nonprofits effectively manage the challenges of COVID-19 or another recent crisis across the sector?
- What interactions were heightened in the external environment of nonprofit during COVID-19 or another recent crisis and which of the interactions will continue to impact nonprofits for years to come
- In a crisis environment, where care may increasingly become seen to be undertaken by ‘essential’ voluntary sector workers, rather than the low paid and low skilled, what will be the issues facing policy-makers and organisations in ensuring these employees are adequately rewarded?
- To what extent are unions involved in nonprofit responses to COVID-19 or another recent crisis?
- What was the nature of the relationship between government and nonprofits during COVID-19 or another recent crisis?
- What funding issues are related to COVID-19 or another recent crisis for nonprofits?
- How has COVID-19 or another recent crisis impacted the role of governance in nonprofits?

Submission deadline
Papers should be submitted by January 31, 2021. Papers must be submitted through the online submission portal of Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research / Revue canadienne de recherche sur les OSBL et l'économie sociale January.1-31 1, 2021.

Manuscripts should be submitted online to the ANSERJ portal https://anserj.ca/index.php/cjnser. Please ensure you select the correct special issue when submitting your paper.

For more information contact Jorge Sousa (Editor-in-Chief, ANSERJ) sousa@ualberta.ca or Kunle Akingbola kakingbola@lakeheadu.ca