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Our growing Sociology list has a global outlook featuring high-quality research across emerging and established areas in the field, such as digital sociology, migration, gender, race and ethnicity, public sociology, and children and families.

From textbooks to specialised monographs and cross-over trade books that reach wider audiences, our path breaking Sociology books aim to shape public conversations at this time of social, political, economic and cultural disruption.

Our series include the bestselling 21st Century Standpoints in collaboration with the British Sociological Association, and the Agendas for Social Justice published with the Society for the Study of Social Problems. In addition, we have recently published the first books in our new Sociology of Diversity and Public Sociology series and we have series in the areas of Gender and Sociology, Global Migration and Social Change, and Sociology of Children and Families for which we welcome proposals.

We are also publishing leading journals in the field, including Emotions and Society in association with the European Sociological Association's (ESA) Research Network on Sociology of Emotions (RN11) as well as Families, Relationships and Societies and the Journal of Gender-Based Violence.

We are actively seeking passionate, enthusiastic academics and professionals undertaking unique research who are looking to make an impact with their publications. In particular we aim to publish work that grapples with the global social challenges of our time on topics such as:

  • Mobilities and movement
  • Poverty, inequality and social justice
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • The future of work
  • Culture and society

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

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Our new Sociology catalogue is now available. Download the pdf here.

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.


Shannon Kneis

Shannon Kneis, Associate Commissioning 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. They can also be found on Twitter at @TPPvictoria and @shannonkneis.