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Call for Chapters - Knowledge Diplomacy: Developments and Future Trends

The University of London Institute in Paris is accepting chapter proposals for a planned book publication exploring the topic of Knowledge Diplomacy. 

Abstract submission deadline: 16 September 2022.

Call for Chapters - Knowledge Diplomacy: Developments and Future Trends

The University of London Institute in Paris is accepting chapter proposals for a planned book publication exploring the topic of Knowledge Diplomacy. 

Abstract submission deadline: 16 September 2022.

Subject of the Book

The nature of modern international relations has changed dramatically with new actors and processes shaping diplomatic processes, namely communication, negotiation, and representation (Holmes and Rofe, 2016). These changes are particularly observable since the end of the Cold War, where “a state-centric process which focuses primarily on ministries of foreign affairs and professional diplomats is no longer adequate” (Knight, 2014, p.2). Many new actors are navigating the pathways of contemporary diplomacy, including non-governmental organisations, transnational companies, professional groups, and diplomatic experts (Ogunnubi and Shawa, 2022). While international higher education has had a long history of building relations between and among states; the actors engaged in this field and the functions they play in the present diplomatic setting are only starting to grasp the attention of scholars. Knowledge Diplomacy, while a developing and often contested term, is the most appropriate concept for understanding the various types of roles that research, innovation and higher education institutions play in international relations and vice-versa.

Knowledge Diplomacy attempts to understand the ways in which higher education institutions, processes, research, and innovation shape international relations, and simultaneously the ways in which international relations shape higher education, research institutions, research, innovation and the various processes that accompany these elements on sub-state, state and international levels. The volume sees Knowledge Diplomacy as an orchestra of communicative, representative and negotiatory processes that aim to establish consensual knowledge on various issues. Here, consensual knowledge includes formal and/or informal understanding between policymakers and a network of professionals (academic and other experts) with recognised expertise in a particular field on how to resolve local, regional, national or global problems. Solutions to these problems will depend on engagement and contributions from the ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ scientific community.

By using the Knowledge Diplomacy paradigm, this volume aims to offer new perspectives on this evolving understanding of diplomacy. The editors are particularly interested in viewpoints from Diplomatic Studies, International Relations and Political Science, as well as related fields in the Humanities and Sciences such as epistemology, language, culture, ethics, international law, anthropology, political and human geography, sociology, psychology et al. The volume also seeks contributions from scholars specialising in Education Studies, and Computational Science (epistemics, AI and machine learning). Interdisciplinary contributions to the volume are also welcomed by the editors.

In addition, the editors seek contributions from the viewpoint of Knowledge Diplomacy practice, including its procedures, institutions, standards, and legal framework from within policy making and management circles. The volume promotes research into important global challenges including pandemics, climate change, inequality, geopolitics, and technology. One of the main themes of the book is that Knowledge Diplomacy is of crucial importance as innovative ideas and new scientific discoveries are essential for addressing complex global problems. These scientific discoveries and innovative ideas are led by scientists, experts, and professionals working in research and innovation. The volume seeks to evaluate these and other points with greater scrutiny by reflecting on the Knowledge Diplomacy terminology, theory, practice, case studies, and many more.



The volume’s objectives are to address the following points:

  1. Explore and contribute to  the  field of Knowledge Diplomacy;
  2. Understand the past, present and future contexts that higher education institutions and processes seeking to address global challenges operate in;
  3. Share empirical and innovative research addressing the dynamics between higher education institutions and relations between states and vice-versa; and
  4. Shed light on the impact of research and higher education institutions on global challenges and cooperation between states.

The broader objective of this collection of chapters is to support the exploration of the University of London into the theoretical and practical applications of the Knowledge Diplomacy concept and to contribute to continuing debates on the roles and influence of higher education institutions in addressing global challenges.

Target Audience

The target audience is wide. It includes educators, educational managers, policy makers and government officials and administrators, traditional higher education institutions, students from various disciplines, and non-state actors who may work with and/or alongside higher education institutions.

  1. Knowledge Diplomacy definitions and theory, consideration of the utility of the term;
  2. Knowledge Diplomacy and International Relations including concepts such as soft power, diplomatic knowledge, and questions of neutrality of knowledge;
  3. Knowledge Diplomacy and global challenges, including Sustainable Development Goals, health, climate, inequalities, conflict and security;
  4. Knowledge Diplomacy and the global political economy, including the role of International Organisations, the regulation of Intellectual Property, and inequalities.
  5. Higher education institutions in Knowledge Diplomacy;
  6. Knowledge Diplomacy and the impact of new technologies including AI, machine learning, etc.;
  7. Knowledge Diplomacy and diplomatic practice, including institutions, processes, policies, and interests.
  8. Knowledge Diplomacy case studies/examples from the perspectives of International Relations, Political Science, the Humanities, Education Studies, Computational Science and other related disciplines; The processes, stakeholders and effects of higher education institutions’ activities on cooperation between states and vice-versa;
  9. Research methods by which to gather data, map, and analyse the key topics, sites and flows of Knowledge, and practices of Knowledge Diplomacy


  • Lilija Alijeva, University of London Institute in Paris
  • Linda Amrane-Cooper, Centre for Online and Distance Education, University of London
  • Tim Gore, University of London Institute in Paris
  • Alexander Lake, University of London Institute in Paris
  • Stuart MacDonald, ICR Research
  • Simon Rofe, Centre for Online and Distance Education

Submission Procedure


  • Abstract Submission Deadline: 16 September 2022
  • Full Chapters Due: 31 December 2022


  • Abstract Submissions – 300 words maximum
  • Full Chapter Submissions - 6,000 words maximum

Note: the word count should include in-text citations and exclude bibliography

Please submit your abstracts to Dr Lilija Alijeva at by Friday 16 September 2022. 

Style guide

Font, Formatting and Style

  • Papers may be submitted in Word format. 
  • Use Times New Roman font in size 12 with double-line spacing.
  • Please use the British (-ised) spelling style consistently throughout your submission.
  • Please use single quotation marks, except where ‘a quotation is “within” a quotation’.
  • Please note that long quotations should be indented without quotation marks.


Margins should be at least 2.5cm (1 inch).


Use bold for your proposal’s title, with an initial capital letter for any proper nouns, verbs and adjectives.


Indicate the abstract paragraph with either a heading or by reducing the font size. The word count is 300 words maximum.


Please provide five or six keywords for your proposed submission.


  1. First-level headings should be in bold, with an initial capital letter for any proper nouns, verbs and adjectives.
  2. Second-level headings should be in bold italics, with an initial capital letter for any proper nouns, verbs and adjectives.
  3. Third-level headings should be only in italics, with an initial capital letter for any proper nouns, verbs and adjectives.


Harvard Referencing Style

Enquiries and further information

For further information, please contact:

Dr Lilija Alijeva

University of London Institute in Paris