Call for Papers: Assessing the Socio-Economic Impacts of COVID-19


The editors of The Fountain: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, an open-access journal of the Catholic University of Zimbabwe (CUZ), are issuing a call for research papers on the Socio-Economic Impacts of COVID-19.

The aim of this call is to generate knowledge for improving evidence-based decision making in mitigating, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from a pandemic. Research articles on the following sub-themes that advance empirical, theoretical, methodological or ethical insights addressing the COVID-19 pandemic in Zimbabwe and other parts of the world will be considered:

  • Understanding the impact of measures undertaken to combat the spread of COVID-19
  • Narratives of the pandemic - Conspiracies, prophesies, punishment, curse, remedies, stigma and prejudice
  • Impacts on the agricultural sector and implications for food security
  • Citizen initiatives in coping with COVID-19
  • Impacts on the diaspora and remittances
  • Assessing impacts on the formal sector
  • Impacts and risk implications for workers’ health, jobs, and household livelihood security
  • Adaptation of cultural, social and religious practices
  • Mental health and psycho-social interventions
  • The gendered dimensions of the pandemic
  • Challenges and opportunities of migrating to online teaching and learning
  • Impact of lockdown measures on the informal sector
  • Impacts of lockdown measures and social distancing on the socially vulnerable groups
  • Human rights violations, crime and corruption

Guidelines for Authors

The author guidelines document is available on this link Submission Preparation Checklist.


You can only submit your manuscript via the journal website on this submission link. You will first need to register and/or login on the journal website to make a submission.

Submission deadline

Friday 31 July 2020.

Publication of papers

Papers accepted after double-blind peer-review will be published on a rolling basis on the journal website.


For questions regarding this call, please send an email to: