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International Development

In 2015, world leaders at a historic UN summit agreed the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), applicable to all countries, to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind. It is an exciting, hopeful time to be publishing in International Development.

For our International development list we are looking for high-quality, rigorously researched scholarship that addresses global social issues, promotes critical thinking and offers solutions to the challenges that are arising as a result of globalisation, climate change, population growth and inequality. 


Sarah Bird

Meet the Editor

Sarah Bird, Commissioning Editor (maternity cover)

I have a background in academic publishing, but took a break from it in the last few years to set up a small, ethical publishing company that produced books for a general audience. What drew me to this job, and back to academic and professional publishing, was the fact that Policy Press and now Bristol University Press publish high quality books, with a strong social mission to promote positive social change in all sorts of areas.

I love working with authors, readers and others to turn the germ of an idea for a book into the best project it possibly can be.

If you are interested in writing for our International Development list, please contact me at sarah.bird@bristol.ac.uk or visit our information for authors page to download our proposal guidelines.

Senior Commissioning Editor Emily Watt (emily.watt@bristol.ac.uk) is currently on maternity leave.