CFP: Narratives in Research and Interventions on Cyberbullying among Young People

Call for Chapters:

Narratives in Research and Interventions on Cyberbullying among Young People


Heidi Vandebosch, Ph.D. (Heidi.Vandebosch@uantwerpen.be), University of Antwerp (Belgium)

Lelia Green, Ph.D. (L.Green@ecu.edu.au), Edith Cowan University (Perth, Australia)


Proposals Submission Deadline: April 1, 2017

Notification of acceptance: April 15, 2017

Full Chapters Due: August 1, 2017

Review process: August – September, 2017

Revisions Due: November 1, 2017

Deadline fully edited version to publisher: December 31, 2017


This book aims to describe innovative ways to do research about, and design interventions for, cyberbullying amongst children and adolescents.  It does this by taking a “narrative” approach. How can narrative research methods complement the mostly quantitative methods (e.g. surveys, experiments, ….) in cyberbullying research? And how can “stories” be used to inform young people about bullying online, and to empower them? Throughout the book, special attention will be paid to new information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the opportunities they provide for narrative research (e.g. as a source of naturally occurring stories on cyberbullying, such as testimonials of victims on help fora or youtube) and for narrative health interventions (e.g. interactive stories).

The completed volume will integrate insights from the fields of cyberbullying, narrative methods, narrative health communication, and new information and communication technologies.

Recommended Topics

Topics to be discussed in this book include (but are not limited to) the following:

PART I – Narratives

  • Narrative research methods (in research on young people and ICT): definition, different types of narrative methods, opportunities for data-gathering and data- analysis provided by ICT, … ?
  • Narrative health communication: definition, types of narratives, mediated/ICT narratives, narrative impact and underlying processes, …

PART II – Cyberbullying

  • State-of-the art: research methods (quantitative and qualitative) and findings (prevalence, profiles of victims/perpetrators/bystanders, impacts on physical and mental health)
  • Evidence-based interventions: description, components, results, scalability, …

PART III –  Narrative methods in cyberbullying research – cases

  • Studying victims’ stories on online help fora
  • Generating stories on negative online interactions through photo elicitation methods
  • Generating stories on (unwanted) picture sharing practices
  • Collecting stories in interviews and focus groups, …

PART IV – Narratives in cyberbullying interventions aimed at young people  – cases

  • Using stories to (co-)create interventions with youngsters
  • Using games /interactive stories to promote positive bystander behavior
  • Using books/movies on cyberbullying to create awareness of cyberbullying and to change behaviors
  • The impact of (celebrity) testimonials on cyberbullying
  • ….

PART IV – Narratives and community-level responses – cases

  • How do news media report on cyberbullying?
  • How can narratives be used to encourage action and intervention by parents, schools, the police, policymakers, and other children ….?
  • Narratives of/in industry-responses to cyberbullying

Target Audience

The target audience of this book will be composed of professionals and researchers of: cyberbullying; narrative research methods; narrative health communication; new media.

Chapter length, etc.

Commissioned chapters will be approx. 5,000 words. Please indicate the expected length of the chapter you are proposing. Style and referencing guides will be provided to authors whose chapter proposals are accepted.

The editors reserve the right to negotiate chapter contents to avoid content crossover, duplication and gaps.


This book has been contracted by Springer. It is due to be published in 2018.

Proposals Submission & Inquiries

Proposals (max. 400 words) should be sent to:

Heidi Vandebosch, Ph.D. (Heidi.Vandebosch@uantwerpen.be), University of Antwerp (Belgium)

Lelia Green, Ph.D. (L.Green@ecu.edu.au), Edith Cowan University (Perth, Australia)



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