Call for Papers



Applying Behavioral Science to Agriculture, Food, and Agri-Environmental Policy

Guest Editors: 

Kent D. Messer and Paul J. Ferraro


Insights from the behavioral sciences are increasingly being used to improve the effectiveness of policies and programs around the world. This special issue of Food Policy seeks to advance our understanding of behavioral tools applied to actors across the entire agricultural supply chain on a diverse range of issues related to agri-environmental policy in both developed and developing countries.

We invite submissions of original research papers, synthesis reviews, meta-analysis studies, and perspective essays that would help both academics and policymakers understand the opportunities and limitations of behavioral science-inspired tools to design better agricultural, food, and agri-environmental policy. For this special issue, we take a broad definition of behavioral science-inspired interventions to include not only nudges. Consistent with the priorities of Food Policy, we want all papers to make a clear connection to policy. We especially invite papers authored by members of under-represented groups and researchers based at institutions in developing countries.

This special issue will target key actors in the food system: producers, supply chain actors, and consumers, while also evaluating the impact of various insights from behavioral science: non-material individual, non-material social, material, and mixed approaches:


This call for papers is open. All submissions will go through full peer review to ensure that published papers meet the quality expectations of papers in Food Policy. The guest editors will prepare an introductory essay to tie together the key findings and recommendations from the set of accepted papers. 

Papers should be between 5,000 and 12,000 words and submitted to the Editorial Manager by August 31, 2022. Papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal.  Please consult Food Policy’s guide for authors to ensure you understand the journal’s policies regarding making data and code available to ensure reproducibility of empirical results and the requirement for explicit attention to policy implications. 

After you log into the Food Policy submission site, please be sure to select this special issue from the drop-down ‘Article Type’ menu that will appear in the submissions portal. Ultimately – but not at the time of initial submission – authors must format papers selected for publication following the Food Policy guide for authors.