Call for Papers: The Fourth Industrial Revolution

“We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. We do not yet know just how it will unfold, but one thing is clear: the response to it must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders of the global polity, from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society.” – Klaus Schwab

Columbia University’s Journal of International Affairs is pleased to announce the subject of its Fall/Winter 2018 Issue: “The Fourth Industrial Revolution,” which will focus on the effect of technology on the future of work, and subsequent societal and institutional changes. 

This topic is already of tremendous importance and relevance given the attention it is being paid at the 2018 G-20 Summit in Argentina and events surrounding the 100th anniversary of the International Labor Organization’s founding next year. The World Bank is increasingly focusing on the importance of human capital. Think tanks and professional firms have begun to treat the next industrial revolution not as a future theoretical, but as a process already begun. We anticipate that the importance ofthis topic will only accelerate in the coming years, and it is our intention that this issue will contribute to and amplify essential discussion surrounding work in the age of automation and globalization.

Relevant topics may include but are not limited to: 

  • The effects of automation and computerization on the workforce and the global economy;
  • The changing structure of work, include the gig, service, and sharing economy;
  • The challenges posed by unequal and stagnating income, and proposed responses to these challenges, such as universal basic income;
  • The unequal benefits of technological advancements, both across different societies and within a single society;
  • The educational requirements posed by increased computerization, and the mismatch between the skills necessary for technologically advanced jobs and the current skills of the labor force.

Submissions are due 15 October 2018.

Submission Guidelines

  • Complete articles should be up to 6,000 words in length (excluding footnotes);
  • The article must adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style.
  • Submitted articles must be original work written in an academic style and not draw substantially from material previously published by the author.
  • Full-text articles, abstracts, and a short author biography (200-word limit) should be submitted via e-mail to the selection committee at Please include “JIA Winter Issue 2018 Submission” in the subject line.

For any questions, contact senior editors Mr. Won Jang and Ms. Jillian Timko at