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2015 ISRF Essay Competition on Caring

2015 ISRF Essay Competition on Caring

The Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) and the Cambridge Journal of Economics (CJE) intend to award a prize of CHF 7,000 for the best essay on the topic ‘What is the place of care in the economy?’ This is a topic, not a title. Accordingly, authors are free to choose an essay title within this field.

Please read these details carefully before submitting your essay for consideration or contacting the Independent Social Research Foundation or the Cambridge Journal of Economics with a query.


What is the place of care in the economy?

ISRF Essay Competition on Caring


The Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) and the Cambridge Journal of Economics (CJE)


The organizers intend to award a prize of CHF 7,000 for the best essay


31 March 2015 (authors may not submit their essay before 1st March 2015)

  • The essay will be judged on its originality and independence of thought, its scholarly quality, its potential to challenge received ideas, and the success with which it matches the criteria of the ISRF and the CJE.
  • The successful essay will be intellectually radical, orthogonal to existing debates, and may articulate a strong internal critique across the fields of economic research.  Its challenge to received ideas will have the potential to provoke a re-thinking of the topic.
  • The ISRF is interested in original research ideas that take new approaches and suggest new solutions, to real world social problems.
  • The CJE provides a forum for theoretical, applied, interdisciplinary, history of thought and methodological work, with strong emphasis on realistic analysis, the development of critical perspectives, the provision and use of empirical evidence, and the construction of policy.
  • The submitted essays will be judged and the winning essay will be chosen by an academic panel (the ISRF Essay Prize Committee). The panel’s decision will be final, and no assessments or comments will be made available. The result will be notified to applicants by email on 30th June 2015  and will then be announced by posting on the websites of  the ISRF and of the CJE.  The ISRF and the CJE reserve the right not to award the prize, and no award will be made if the submitted essays are of insufficient merit.
  • The winning essay, and any close runners-up, will be accepted for publication in the Journal; authors may be asked to make some corrections before publication.  Other applicants may receive encouragement to revise and then re-submit their essays to the CJE.
  • Essay length: Approximately 7, 500 words.
  • Essay format: Follow the CJE Author Guidelines, available on the CJE website.
  • Language: English
  • Submissions should be made online here. Authors must indicate in an accompanying letter to the Editors that they wish their essay to be considered for the prize when submitting.


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