An independent forum for academic debate on the challenges faced by contemporary society

About PPP

People, Place and Policy (PPP) is a forum for articles which address the relationship and interaction between people, place and policy. It invites researchers, policy makers and practitioners to discuss and disseminate research, reflection and ideas related to contemporary debates within all aspects of social policy. ‘Policy’ is conceptualised broadly to incorporate a wide range of social concerns including for instance – economic development and labour markets, poverty, the welfare state, the voluntary and community sector, social exclusion, housing, sustainability, health and social care, energy and environment. The journal is international and interdisciplinary in scope representing an interface of sociology, geography, planning and urban studies, economics and political science. People, Place and Policy (PPP) aims to promote dialogue between academics, policy-makers and practitioners by supporting the dissemination of ideas, comment and findings across a range of contemporary policy issues.

Why publish in PPP?

  • Quick turnaround time: We aim to have made an initial decision on a paper within four weeks of submission.
  • Open access: People, Place and Policy is a public platform for high quality, current policy debate.
  • Inclusive: The journal provides a supportive publication process for Early Career Researchers.
  • Impact: We have an international authorship and readership.
  • Quality: People, Place and Policy articles are fully REF-compliant.

Submissions are subject to peer review and more information about the review process can be found in the Notes for Contributors.

Submission Types

We welcome submissions from academics at all stages of their career as well as practitioners and policy makers from local government or third sector organisations. Submission types include the following, but more information about each of these can be found in the Notes for Contributors:

  • Research Article;
  • Review paper;
  • Practice papers;
  • Alternatives;
  • Focus articles;
  • Book reviews.

Editorial correspondence

All correspondence should be directed to the editors at We welcome informal discussion with potential contributors about the scope and relevance of articles.

Details on how to submit an article can be found here:

Submit an article

Editorial board


Dr Ellen Bennett – Sheffield Hallam University
Dr Angela Maye-Banbury – Sheffield Hallam University
Dr Sadie Parr – Sheffield Hallam University

Reviews Editor

Dr Tony Gore – Sheffield Hallam University

Editorial Assistant

Jamie Redman – Sheffield Hallam University

Journal Manager

Sarah Ward – Sheffield Hallam University