06. 8. 2020

Dear colleagues,

We hope you and your families are all well, healthy, and safe.

As the editors of the Routledge Studies in Intervention and Statebuilding Series, we invite those of you who are interested in working on your book proposals and projects, but do not have ample time or institutional support to get started, to get in touch with us if you would like to discuss your project ideas.

With fieldwork and most academic activities stalled, we know that some of you might feel overwhelmed about your career prospects. As Editors of the Series, we aim to be of help through mentoring you through the process of writing your book proposals and sample chapters. Our aim is to shorten the cohort between the reviews and the publishing contract and to create more viable opportunities for early career scholars to get published. We say this while remaining reflexive about the problems inherent in an academic system geared towards benchmarking and quantification of output.

In particular, we would like to reach out to colleagues whose research and writing have been disrupted by the pandemic and other related events. We are principally concerned for junior scholars, early career researchers working on short-term contracts, women, and colleagues working in universities of the Global South.

In our series we publish content on, and related to, intervention (financial, military, environmental, civilian; multi-lateral, bi-lateral) and statebuilding (peace-building, transitional justice; imaginations of state and other political structures). We are interested in understanding how intervention and statebuilding have increasingly transformed and pluralized in recent years (particularly in the light of contemporary challenges such as climate change, global movements and health and socio-economic crises), moving away from Western and liberal ways of knowing and governing. We are also open to receive proposals that contribute to specific regions, from financial interventions and structural adjustment programs in Latin America to peace formations in Central Asia to African critiques and alternatives to (neo)colonial forms of statebuilding.

We are interested in a range of book types, including single- or co-authored monographs, edited volumes, and short-form books (i.e. 20-50,000 words in length). Andrew Humphries – the Routledge commissioning editor – is happy to discuss the process further (

Please feel free to contact us if you would like more information on our approach and/or if you have questions about your book projects and the series’ focus.

Please also visit our website for further details on submitting a proposal:

Our best wishes to you all.

Aidan Hehir (
Pol Bargués (
Vjosa Musliu (