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Publishing with Purpose

Global social challenges

One of our key aims as a publisher is to focus on the global social challenges we face. Our social world is rapidly changing with the development of new technology, challenges to expertise and evidence-based knowledge, the effects of climate change, continued poverty and inequality, and now the need for COVID-19 recovery. 

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We are signed up to the UN SDG Publishers Compact. Launched in collaboration with the International Publishers Association, the Compact aims to accelerate progress to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Signatories aspire to develop sustainable practices and act as champions of the SDGs during the Decade of Action (2020-2030), publishing books and journals that will help inform, develop, and inspire action in that direction.

We have always supported academic research’s role in providing sustainable solutions to global social issues, proactively ensuring that it has an impact beyond academia. Our Transforming Society blog, for example, brings research to a wider audience, and innovative formats like our COVID-19 Collection and Rapid Responses allow authors to make a timely impact to influence thinking, policy and practice on current affairs.

For details of how our products speak individual UN Sustainable Development Goals, please explore the links below.

Coming soon: Culture and Society

Bristol University Press was shortlisted for the University Press Redux Sustainability Award 2020. Find out more in this video from Chief Executive Alison Shaw: