Policy Press

Publishing with a purpose

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About us

Bristol University Press, and its imprint Policy Press, are committed to publishing the highest-quality scholarship in the social sciences and aligned disciplines. We want our work to make a positive contribution from the advancement of ideas through to practical implementation.

As a not-for-profit publisher, we are able to put integrity before profit and research before sensationalism to ensure that we provide an internationally respected platform for the global scholarly community to disseminate work that matters.

We work closely with organisations around the world to develop work that makes an impact in the field and to ensure research and evidence we publish reaches the people who can use it.

"Policy Press has a critical role to play in our global political discourse. They deliver thoughtful titles on the issues that truly challenge our time."

Sam Pizzigati, IPS, Washington

Our imprints

Bristol University Press

Bristol University Press will strive to publish world-class scholarship that advances theory, knowledge and learning, within and beyond academia.

To achieve this, we are actively seeking quality academic and professional scholarship that questions the status quo, disrupts current thinking and reframes ideas in a global context. Bristol University Press's vision is to join the first rank of internationally respected university presses through a commitment to world-class scholarship, global impact and impeccable author care.

“Bristol University Press combines a tradition of publishing high-quality research with a bold new strategy, entrepreneurial management and strong author engagement.”

Jon Pierre, Research Professor, University of Gothenburg, Sweden and University of Melbourne, Australia

Areas of interest for Bristol University Press include:

  • Politics and International Relations
  • Economics and Society
  • Human Geography
  • Law
  • Business and Management

See a full list here.

Policy Press

Policy Press has its roots in social policy and social justice, and is committed to progressive social change. Over more than twenty years, we have built a reputation for publishing scholarship that focuses on improving individual lives and reaches beyond academia to government, professionals and the wider public to inform policy and practice.

Since its launch in 1996, Policy Press has provided an important route for journalists, politicians and professionals in the UK to make their work visible to the scholarly community and accessible to wider society. It was with great pride that founder and current CEO Alison Shaw and her team accepted the award for the IPG Independent Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year in 2016. Policy Press looks forward to carrying the same values and focus into a new era as an imprint of Bristol University Press, remaining a champion for tackling social issues – in essence, publishing with a purpose.

"Policy Press are dedicated to publishing that counts and serves a wider purpose, producing books with care and craftsmanship. They publish on subjects where other publishers don’t go. And their books make a difference."

Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at Oxford University, author of Injustice

Areas of interest for Policy Press include:

  • Social Policy
  • Social Work
  • Health Policy and Social Care
  • Education
  • Poverty

See a full list here.