call for papers – EXPRESSION OF INTEREST | Drugs and Drug Policy in Indonesia

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST | Inside Indonesia special edition on ‘Drugs and Drug Policy in Indonesia

Expression of interest deadline 10 May 2019

Inside Indonesia is a web-based magazine that plays an important role in providing accessible articles based on substantive scholarship to the general public. The magazine seeks to build bridges between academia and the general public in Australia, Indonesia and elsewhere. It has over 1,500 subscribers throughout the world, covering all six continents. The Inside Indonesia website also has tens of thousands of unique visitors per month.

We invite expressions of interest for contributions to an upcoming special edition of Inside Indonesia focused on drugs and drug policy in Indonesia. Indonesia’s expanding drug markets involve millions of people from all walks of life. Despite the consistent promotion of drug control measures, substance use, trafficking and production are associated with a range of health, economic and social impacts for the most vulnerable segments of the population. Through this edition, we want to showcase a varied range of perspectives about the social, structural, historical and environmental factors that influence substance use, determine drug control law, and shape drug-related policy and practice in Indonesia.

This edition will look at issues related to substance use in Indonesia from a range of disciplinary perspectives. We welcome contributions from interdisciplinary studies, spanning the social sciences and public health. Preference will be given to authors who are presenting original research and approaching their topic from an analytical and critical viewpoint. The edition encourages submissions on the following topics:

  • Gender, drugs and drug policy
  • Rhetoric on substance use in the context of electoral politics
  • Drugs, politics and corruption
  • Economic, political, social and health impacts of drug policies
  • Drugs and social activism
  • Drug-related health and access to health care
  • Drug supply, production and trafficking
  • Traditional use of substances and historical perspectives on the onset of prohibition
  • Sex and drugs
  • Rise of synthetic drugs
  • Drugs and sustainable development
  • Drugs, punishment and the death penalty
  • Alcohol policy

Special editions of Inside Indonesia generally feature between 8-12 articles of 800, 1,600 or 3,000 words written by academics and activists. As always, these articles will be lively pieces with a concern for economic, political and social justice written in such a way as to engage non-academics with cutting-edge academic research. Articles need a strong narrative rather than an explicit academic argument and should be accessible to readers from senior high school upwards.

If you are interested in contributing, please send a 150 word abstract of your article idea to Dr Claudia Stoicescu and Dr Wayne Palmer at by 10 May 2019. Selected authors will be notified by 17 May 2019 and will be required to provide a full draft by 30 June 2019 for review and editing.



Dr Claudia Stoicescu, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford (United Kingdom)

Dr Wayne Palmer, Department of International Relations, Bina Nusantara University (Indonesia)