International Journal of Spa and Wellness: Vol 2, No 1

Call for Papers

International Journal of Spa and Wellness


Special Issue Theme:

               Global Health and Wellbeing, Reaching Out to the Most Vulnerable: Intersectionality Matters



Guest editors:


Dr. Sepideh Yousefzadeh

Assistant Professor Global Health

University of Groningen, NL

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Prof. Elena Cavagnaro

UAS Professor of Sustainability in Hospitality and Tourism

NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, NL

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Intersectionality, a theoretical framework for examining compounding vulnerabilities that affect individual’s quality of life, was first introduced in the 1980s. Since then the framework has been applied in different fields of research, such as social science, legal studies, or economics. The framework helps understand the complex and structured nature of inequalities that is experienced by virtue of intersecting characteristics, such as race, gender, or class. Health and intersectionality have been increasingly examined in different contexts and in relation to communicable and non-communicable diseases in the past few decades. The recent challenge of COVID-19 pandemic is a case in point. There is in fact evidence from the global south as well as the global north that this disease does not recognize racial or socioeconomic boundaries in affecting individuals and yet its outcomes and complications are deeply structured and hierarchical.


In the same vein, in its special issue on Wellbeing and Intersectionality, the International Journal of Spa and Wellness invites papers that examine multidimensional wellbeing using the intersectionality framework. This special issue brings together qualitative and quantitative studies to discuss wellbeing and quality of life from different disciplines. We invite scholars from the global south as well as global north to submit theoretical, conceptual as well as empirical studies on a range of wellbeing topics including, but not limited to:


  1. Intersecting social determinants and wellbeing. What can we learn from research-based evidences about intersecting social determinants that shape health and wellbeing?
  2. Research methods in health and understanding intersectionality. What are methodological opportunities or hurdles in research for understanding intersectionality in health?
  3. Health, intersectionality and policy making. What are the opportunities and challenges in making health policies that address intersectional vulnerabilities that affect health?
  4. Childhood, migration and wellbeing. How children’s wellbeing is influenced by wellbeing, and how migrant children’s wellbeing is distinguished from non-migrants.
  5. Disability, marginalization and wellbeing. How disability has different outcomes and implications among children, women, migrants or ethnic minorities. 
  6. Multidimensional wellbeing, universalism and orientalism. Is it possible to have a universal list of indicators to examine multidimensional wellbeing? How does a western centric perspective affect the choice of multiple dimensions of wellbeing?
  7. Social isolation and wellbeing. Is social isolation experienced similarly by different population, including but not limited to: men and women, individuals from different social classes, ethnic minorities, migrants and non-migrants, or youth and the elderly
  8. Covid-19 and structured inequalities. How structured vulnerabilities made the experience of living in times of covid-19 different among labor workers, refugees, people in residential care houses, or people who live under domestic violence?
  9. Intersectionality and sustainable development. Which are the implications of intersectionality for the achievement of sustainable development, and particularly UN SDG 3 (Good Health and Wellbeing)?
  10. Sustainable Development Goals (SDG5), gender equality, health and wellbeing. How could SDG5 contribute to strengthening equity and equality in wellbeing and health?
  11. SDG10, health disparities and wellbeing. What are the challenges for SDG10 in addressing intersecting health inequalities?


Submission guidelines


Full manuscripts are welcome for submission via the journal’s submission system here:  


Full paper manuscripts of 5,000–7,000 words inclusive of tables/references/figure captions /footnotes /endnotes are invited to this special issue.

Authors guidelines can be found here


Publication process

Submissions will be subject to double blind peer review in accordance with the IJSW guidelines for authors and editorial policies.

Key dates:

Full paper submission deadlineOctober 1st, 2020

Expected Publication Date2021