Policy Press


Bristol University Press, and its imprint Policy Press, is a department in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at the University of Bristol, one of the most ambitious and forward-thinking universities within the UK Russell Group. The University regularly features in the top performing UK institutions.

The investment in developing Bristol University Press reflects the University of Bristol’s commitment to create and disseminate the highest-quality academic research and to collaborate and engage globally, helping turn world-leading research into world-changing results.

Bristol University Press Editorial Board

The BUP Editorial Board ensures that all publications in the Bristol University Press lists represent that overarching vision. Each month Editorial Board members consider, review and approve all publishing proposals presented by the Press for contract. This ensures that all publishing conforms to strict quality guidelines.

The Board comprises highly respected academics based at the University of Bristol, who bring both their subject expertise and broad interest in scholarly communications. Currently the Editorial Board meet as a group on a quarterly basis and members are:

Isabella Aboderin, Professor of Gerontology, Chair in Africa Research and Partnerships, and Director of the Perivoli Africa Research Centre, School of Policy Studies
Patrick Capps, Professor of International Law, School of Law and Faculty of Social Sciences and Law Research Director (Chair)
Tim Cole, Professor of Social History and Director of the Brigstow Institute, Department of History, School of Humanities
Joanne Conaghan, Professor of Law, University of Bristol Law School
Jon Fox, Professor of Sociology, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Susan Halford, Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Bristol Digital Futures Institute, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Robin Holt, Professor of Strategy Aesthetics, School of Management
Christina Pantazis, Professor of Zemiology, School for Policy Studies 
Jonathan Rigg, Chair in Human Geography, School of Geographical Sciences
Gabriel Siles-Brügge, Professor in Global Governance & Public Policy, School for Policy Studies

Business Advisory Board

Bristol University Press, and its imprint Policy Press, has a dynamic and ambitious growth strategy. To advise on strategic developments, a Business Advisory Board was established in 2002 taking over from the previous Management Advisory Board. This expert team meet on a six-monthly basis to review the financial position of the business, provide input on policy decisions and advise on progress according to the annual business commitments made to the University.

Current Business Advisory Board members are:

Ivon Asquith, formerly Managing Director, Oxford University Press and Non-Executive Chair Edinburgh University Press (Chair)
Patrick Capps, Professor of International Law, School of Law and Faculty of Social Sciences and Law Research Director
Esther Dermott, Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean for the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, University of Bristol
Richard Fischer, Academic and Policy Consultant
Euan Hendrie, Head of Finance, University of Bristol
Jaime Marshall, Marshall Publishing Consultancy, formerly Managing Director, Palgrave Macmillan Higher Education
Philip Taylor, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise

Library Advisory Board

The Library Advisory Board is an invaluable source of advice and feedback, giving us an opportunity to hear directly from librarians as to how we can make our content more accessible to their users as we expand and develop. Current Library Advisory Board members are:

Ed Fay, University of Bristol Library and Chair of Library Advisory Board
Joanna Ball, Roskilde University Library
Andrew Barker, Lancaster University Library and Chair of UKSG
John Furlong, Washington University in St. Louis Library
Rebecca Gower, Cambridge University Library
Debra Hiom, University of Bristol Library
Pete Maggs, Western Sydney University Library
Anthony Sinnott, University of York Library
Pep Torn, European University Institute Library
Nicola Scally, London School of Economics Library


Bristol University Press is proud to partner with the following organisations:

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Day-to-day management of Bristol University Press and Policy Press

Alison Shaw is the Chief Executive, responsible for the strategic development and day-to-day management of the Press, in collaboration with the Senior Management Team who comprise:
Andy Williams, Operations Director
Jo Greig, Sales and Marketing Director
Julia Mortimer, Journals and Open Access Director
Victoria Pittman, Head of Commissioning
Supported by Sarah Breaux, Senior Executive Assistant