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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. 

Browse International Development articles on our Transforming Society blog.


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Meet the Editor

Emily Watt, Senior Commissioning Editor

My interest in publishing really began when I did a Masters in Publishing at Oxford Brookes University and worked part time at what was Berg Publishers alongside my studies. Not long after I moved back to Bristol and started at Policy Press and I’ve not looked back since. There were fewer staff but there was the same high ambitions and strong social justice ethos that is still at the centre of the Press and has carried through to Bristol University Press. I like that we continue to publish high quality books, with a strong social mission to promote positive social change in all sorts of areas and this is what makes working here so enjoyable.

For me, the exciting part of commissioning is talking to authors and seeing a project grow from a conversation into the greatest book it can be.

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