Call for Papers
The Journal of Consumer Affairs announces a special issue on
“Consumer Affairs in Subsistence Marketplaces”
Special issue editors:
Madhu Viswanathan, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign,
Ronika Chakrabarti, Lancaster University,
Paul Ingenbleek, Wageningen University,
Srinivas Venugopal, University of Vermont,
The Journal of Consumer Affairs (JCA) invites papers for a special issue on consumer
affairs in subsistence marketplaces. Subsistence marketplaces consist of consumer and entrepreneur communities living at a range of low income levels, and are concentrated in developing countries and regions such as Brazil, India, China, Vietnam, and Sub-Saharan
Africa. Additionally, many individuals in developed countries also live in subsistence.
For more than a decade, the Subsistence Marketplaces Conferences have been a leading
forum for evolving and sharing research and fostering best practices for improving quality of life in these communities. The subsistence marketplaces approach is unique in examining the intersection of poverty and marketplaces with a bottom-up approach that
begins with micro-level understanding of life circumstances of consumers, entrepreneurs, and communities. This stream has been reflected in seven biennial conferences, one immersion conference,
and almost 60 refereed articles in related special journal issues (https://business.illinois.edu/subsistence/conferences/), as well as in dedicated session tracks at other conferences
and refereed articles in a variety of journals. The current call flows from the Seventh Conference on Subsistence Marketplaces, held in June 2018, but is also open to authors who did not attend this conference.
The conferences cover themes from consumption and entrepreneurship beyond literacy
and resource barriers to consumption and commerce for a better world, impactful research to sustainable innovation, micro-level insights to macro-level impact, spanning geographies and substantive domains, and developing pathways at the intersection of research
Encouraging scholarship on subsistence marketplaces addresses one of the most critical
and enduring ethical challenges faced by society - that of global poverty. A central theme is how to increase quality of life for people living in subsistence marketplaces. Research on subsistence marketplaces holds the potential to uncover important insights
on how poverty intersects with major societal trends of today such as climate change, refugee crises, income inequality and rapid technological advancements. Obtaining deep understanding of these issues will be crucial to advancing well-being in subsistence
The following are suggestions for topics; however, submissions may go beyond these topics.
behavior in subsistence marketplaces;
domains of subsistence (e.g., water, sanitation, energy, food);
of consumers in subsistence marketplaces;
to innovation and consumer products in impoverished rural areas;
to increase quality of life in subsistence marketplaces;
of subsistence consumers and consumer-merchants;
of environmental justice relating to subsistence marketplaces;
for value and sustainability;
and financial perspectives on subsistence marketplaces (e.g., financial literacy);
well-being, and justice in subsistence marketplaces;
methods for subsistence marketplaces.
Researchers in all relevant fields are encouraged to submit their work. Manuscripts
may be submitted online through Scholar One Manuscripts. Style guidelines and publishing requirements can be viewed online at wileyonlinelibray.com/journal/JOCA. Please contact the issue editors
or the Journal office [[log in to unmask]] for further information.
Submission deadline: January 15th 2019
the first bottom-up immersion conference in subsistence marketplaces was held January, in India, highlighted by conversations and observations in subsistence marketplaces.