Community responses to COVID19 pandemic


Colleen Loomis, Balsillie School of International Affairs and Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

Christina Dimakos, University of Toronto, Canada

Alexis Gilmer, University of Waterloo, Canada

Theme of the Special Issue

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting children, families, communities, organizations, institutions and governments worldwide. Community psychology’s action research, practices, and theories are no doubt being mobilized in various context-specific approaches. The journal Community Psychology in Global Perspective invites you to submit manuscripts related directly to the pandemic.

Research articles and high-quality intervention reports are welcome (commentaries and perspective papers by invitation only).

Potential topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Individual and community responses to the pandemic: Help and solidarity
  • Community resilience and sense of community in the face of global emergencies
  • Psychosocial impacts of the pandemic (including mental health and substance use)
  • Sense making processes and social representations of COVID-19 in private/public discourse
  • Cultural differences in responses to the COVID-19 crisis
  • Social justice and disparities before and after the pandemic
  • Social relationships and social networks in times of social distancing
  • Connecting community with state and non-state resources to address public health and economic issues
  • Adverse consequences of school closures (psychosocial impacts, interrupted learning, deprived opportunities for growth and development, challenges of distance learning, gaps in childcare, impact on dropout rates)
  • Society and institutional matters such as nursing homes, prisons, youth living under the care of child protective services
  • Addressing violence in the home during quarantine (domestic and child violence)
  • Mitigating the overload of health resources


Submitted papers should contain original and unpublished work and must be written in English. For non-native speakers, editing of the manuscript by a competent English-speaking editor is requested.

Papers are due September 28, 2020. Early submissions are welcome and manuscripts will be considered as they are received.

All submitted papers will undergo the journal's regular peer-review process.

Papers must be prepared in full accordance with the journal’s Author Guidelines and submitted through the journal portal (

Inquiries regarding topic or scope for the special issue can be sent to Colleen Loomis at, Christina Dimakos at, or Alexis Gilmer at

Papers unrelated to the theme of the special issue may be submitted at any time through the journal’s online submission system and will be considered for publication in Community Psychology In Global Perspective as regular articles. Inquiries regarding the journal’s aim, scope, and policy can be sent to

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