Aims & Scope

Aims

We are intensely interested in helping youth interested in hunger and poverty become the next generation of leading thinkers and actors. Their success will be shaped by the opportunities they have within the specific institutions and communities they live in. We know, however, that poverty and hunger are issues that extend beyond any one community and we need ways of connecting our local experiences if we are ever able to gain insight into some of the more system-wide dynamics that shape why and how poverty and hunger exist.

Connecting our local experiences to see the bigger picture is about holding space for on-going conversations that builds community and networks across geography. For these conversations to succeed at building capacity and momentum, youth need opportunities to share stories, lessons, and resources. They require practice at reflecting, building vision, asking questions, and following through on their intentions. All of these elements cannot be considered as 'givens'; they are specific skills that require opportunities, mentorship, forums and capacity to develop.

The scholarship and research undertaken by graduate and undergraduate students is typically limited to papers submitted to professors for fulfilling course requirements. Students are limited in terms of the venues available for developing, publishing and disseminating their work and the impetus behind Esurio is to give students a chance to showcase their best work in a peer-reviewed publication. As an opportunity for students to revise their work and pursue topics in more depth, the journal will also show how their peers are dealing with hunger and poverty issues. The goal is not compete with professional journals, but to provide students with an experience in developing and communicating their ideas within a community of young scholars.

Scope

Articles published through Esurio will examine issues of poverty, hunger and food security through a youth lens. We value research and scholarship that bridges disconnects between theory and practice, communities and academic institutions, and academic disciplines. We will accept empirical and quantitative submissions, however, our preference is for all submissions to be written in the manner and style of critical inquiry, reflection, exposition, interpretation, debate, and argumentation. Of specific content interest are articles that demonstrate how youth are, or can be, actively involved in addressing poverty and hunger in communities around the province.

Within the above context, we welcome any submissions that help us advance in one or more of the following six research nodes:

  1. The Complexity of Hunger and Poverty. Hunger and poverty are complex phenomena that require quantitative and qualitative measures to reveal the indicators, systemic trends, stories and the human experience. How we measure and identify hunger and poverty frames how we develop solutions and we need research that explores the complexity of these issues.
  2. The Basics. The basics are those elements deemed necessary to one’s success or survival, including food, shelter, income, employment, and education. We need research on how actions and outcomes do or do not ensure that Ontarians have the basics.
  3. Collaborate. There are numerous entities, organizations and individuals with an interest in poverty and hunger. Cross-sectoral collaboration can bring together the perspectives and capacities of many change agents into successful hunger and poverty reduction efforts. We need to know more about good practices, stories and lessons learned from collaborative efforts, and insight into where our efforts at collaboration are best spent over the coming years.
  4. Social Enterprise. We know that social enterprise has been successful at a local level in Canada, and has had a tremendous impact internationally. This process of applying entrepreneurship and creativity to poverty reduction should be embraced in Ontario.
  5. Global Wisdom. There are many successful international approaches that could help in reducing poverty in Ontario. We must also recognize that provincial, national, and global systems and processes influence the local contexts in which hunger and poverty manifest.
  6. Engagement. Engagement is extremely important as it can build ownership on an issue and a continued belief in the importance of reaching towards a province and nation without hunger and poverty. We need research and scholarship on the programmes, strategies, techniques and technologies that people can use to both transform their own lives and help others to live free from the vicious cycles of hunger and poverty.