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Science, Technology and Society

The relationship between science, technology and society has emerged as one of the most profound global issues of the 21st century. New perspectives and approaches are needed for mapping altogether different terrains, from the political and economic implications of big data, to the disruption of ‘the human’ via biological and technological enhancements.  

Bristol is interested in publishing both theoretical and empirical work in the form of monographs, high-quality edited collections and ‘scholarly trade’ titles that connect academic ideas with general readers.

The list is home to scholarship that is situated within the field of ‘science and technology studies’, but we are as interested in relevant work that comes from traditional social science, humanities and STEM disciplines. We welcome interdisciplinary projects as well as ideas that engage with the global social challenges.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Infrastructure and future cities
  • Medicine and health
  • Technoscientific capitalism
  • Posthumanism and technology
  • Algorithms, artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Science, ethics, inequalities and human rights
  • Innovation
  • Science and technology in the Anthropocene
  • Public engagement with science and technology
  • Gender, bodies and technology
  • Activism, decolonial and intersectional perspectives
  • Security and surveillance

If you are interested in working with us, please contact Paul Stevens (details and contact information below).

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Paul Stevens

Meet the Editor

Paul Stevens, Senior Commissioning Editor

I joined Bristol in 2017, having spent several years commissioning psychology and linguistics textbooks with Palgrave Macmillan. Before that I worked in a variety of roles for Pearson Education and Cambridge University Press.

Every book is the product of an author’s vision (and perseverance), but collaboration is a critical part of the editor’s job. From the initial pitch and proposal, and all the way through to publication and beyond, I enjoy working with authors to help shape their ideas and ensure that their publication makes a lasting contribution. It’s a pleasure to be able to do this at a press which values quality over quantity, and that’s unafraid to push the boundaries a little bit.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal to our Science, Technology and Society list, please contact me at paul.stevens@bristol.ac.uk or visit our information for authors page to download our proposal guidelines.