Policy Press

Publishing with Purpose

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We are excited that Bristol University Press will expand on the Policy Press list in this area, which includes books by Jessie Daniels, Ann Oakley, Geoff Payne, Gideon Calder, Sylvia Walby and Diane Reay and series such as the bestselling new 21st Century Standpoints series in collaboration with the British Sociological Association.

Our growing Sociology list has a global outlook featuring high-quality research, from textbooks to specialised monographs as well as cross over trade books that reach a wider audience. It is extending into new areas including sociology of culture, media, organisations and work, economics, globalisation, law, science and technology. 

We are actively seeking passionate, enthusiastic academics and professionals undertaking unique research who are looking to make an impact with their publications. Bristol University Press particularly aims to publish work that grapples with the global social challenges of our time on topics like:

  • migration
  • poverty and inequality
  • social justice and equality
  • peace and conflict
  • the future of work

If you are interested in writing for us, please see the Commissioning Editor information below.

Browse Sociology articles on our Transforming Society blog.


Victoria Pittman

Meet the Editors

Victoria Pittman, Head of Commissioning

I have been at Policy Press for five years and was at Oxford University Press working as a commissioning editor for law books and online products for 5 years before that. I was drawn to Bristol by my South-West roots and the opportunity to join a small and collaborative team.

I really enjoy working on books that I feel passionate about and that can make a difference. I love that we publish such a wide range of content, from the high quality monograph which advances the field to the accessible social commentary you might see in a bookshop. Commissioning gives me the chance to help authors publish their work in the best way possible, collaborate with them to discover the format which suits the content and audience, shape the book with my input if needed and also guide them with the expert advice of peer reviewers. The best books are a partnership between author and publisher and this starts at the commissioning stage.


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Shannon Kneis, Assistant Editor

I am excited to be curating a Sociology list here at Bristol University Press and Policy Press which platforms interesting, innovative research and scholarship which challenges existing thinking. Having studied Sociology at the University of Bristol, it’s great to be back here to work on research that pushes the boundaries of Sociology, with authors who have a will to make positive impact on our society and environment. I enjoy working collaboratively with authors, growing ideas into books that we are proud to showcase.

If you are interested in writing for our Sociology list, please contact victoria.pittman@bristol.ac.uk and shannon.kneis@bristol.ac.uk or visit our information for authors page to download our proposal guidelines.