Policy Press

Publishing with a purpose

Staff bios

Alex Gregory

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Alex Gregory, Production Assistant

After graduating from a Masters degree in Museum and Heritage Development I knew that whilst the heritage sector wasn't where I wanted to build my career, working in a prosocial role was essential to me. I worked as a school librarian across a Trust of secondary schools in Nottingham for a couple of years, and then when the perfect position as a Production Assistant opened up with BUP in June 2021, I very keenly applied. I find BUP’s social justice policy roots especially appealing, and am elated to have found such a fantastic role in a city I love, supporting titles that are meaningful to me.

You can contact me at alexandra.gregory@bristol.ac.uk.

Alison Shaw

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Alison Shaw, Chief Executive

I joined the University of Bristol after working at Bloomsbury Publishing and established Policy Press in 1995 and Bristol University Press in 2016. I love working with our dedicated, talented team who believe so passionately in providing a quality service and product to our authors and customers as well as supporting The Press' social mission. It is an immense privilege to be able to develop our organisation with our committed Senior Management Team, stakeholders and partners.

My driver is to ensure that our work helps support positive social, environmental and cultural change. We do this mainly by publishing robust, evidence-based work for scholars, students, policy makers, professionals and campaigners. As we are not on this planet for very long trying to make a positive difference, however small, has always seemed important to me.

You can contact me at ali.shaw@bristol.ac.uk.

Amber Lanfranchi

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Amber Lanfranchi, Marketing and Conferences Assistant

I joined BUP in May 2021 after moving to Bristol from Brighton, where I was working for an arts and cultural history publisher. I now work as part of the marketing team, where I help gather testimonials for all our books and get to witness the impact our books have on people! One of the best things about my job with BUP is working with such an amazing team of people, who are all passionate about publishing with purpose and making positive social change.

You can contact me at amber.lanfranchi@bristol.ac.uk.

Andy Williams

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Andy Williams, Operations Director

I arrived at BUP having followed a varied career through a wide range of companies and roles, both on the publisher and supplier sides of the industry (amongst others - Macmillan, CUP, OUP, Thames & Hudson, HWA and Clowes Printing). All of these roles have been in the production, content handling or operations areas of the business and I’m delighted to have joined BUP in 2019 as Operations Director and to try and bring this experience to what is a fantastic team at the Press and hence help with its social mission.

You can contact me at andy.williams@bristol.ac.uk.

Angela Gage

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Angela Gage, Marketing Coordinator

I joined BUP in January 2021 from IOP Publishing and am so impressed with the hardworking, dedicated ethos here. The most exciting aspect of my marketing role is working directly with our engaged and passionate authors, enabling their work to reach the widest possible audience.

You can contact me at angela.gage@bristol.ac.uk.

Bahar Muller

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Bahar Muller, Senior Marketing Coordinator

Having studied American Culture and Literature in Istanbul, I was drawn to working in publishing and media. Since doing my Erasmus here, England had become a second home to me and I grew more and more passionate about supporting the frontline defenders of social justice as I volunteered for several NGOs over the years. So when I permanently moved in the UK and started at Bristol University Press in 2018, I was over the moon for finding a job which would also give me the opportunity to help create positive change in the world. It is an exciting time to be at the Press, to see it grow and to be witness to the amazing things it achieves every day. It is an absolute pleasure to work with such passionate, creative and inspiring colleagues and authors.

You can contact me at bahar.muller@bristol.ac.uk.

Becky Taylor

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Becky Taylor, Senior Commissioning Editor

I have over 20 years’ experience as an editor in academic publishing, working with both large and small publishers such as Routledge, Pearson, Sage Publishing and Learning Matters. I have commissioned across many subject areas including law, health, psychology and research methods.

I have recently joined Bristol University Press after a few years as a freelance publishing consultant. Working at the Press is one of my most enjoyable roles to date. Our authors are passionate about their work and the team here are so experienced and friendly, committed to making each book the very best it can be. It’s very rewarding to help our authors to get their important work out into the world and to make a difference.

You can contact me at rebekah.taylor@bristol.ac.uk.

Catriona Allon

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Catriona Allon, Production Editor

I joined BUP as Production Assistant in September 2018. Previously I had been working in a library (clearly I am all about working with books!) and before that I had been completing my MA and BA in History at Swansea University. I am now a Production Editor and feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to join such a great company which has allowed me to grow my career in publishing (something I always wanted to work in). I love getting to work on so many books about such an interesting and diverse range of important topics, and I love getting to work with authors to help make their book the best it could possibly be. It’s incredibly rewarding.

You can contact me at catriona.allon@bristol.ac.uk.

Dave Worth

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Dave Worth, Production Delivery Manager

 

You can contact me at dave.j.worth@bristol.ac.uk.

Edwina Thorn

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Edwina Thorn, Senior Journals Executive

I joined Policy Press in 2016, having been Assistant Editor for the International Journal of Epidemiology, worked in research development at the University of Bristol and after completing a PhD in Medieval History. While my career to date has exposed me to a wide range of scholarly disciplines, the constant and most enjoyable part of it has always been working with academics and helping them develop their passion projects.

I love working for a University Press that is so dedicated to its social mission and the scholarly community. Our journals are built on strong partnerships with our editors and boards, and I feel lucky to be in a job that provides so much variety, interest and the most wonderful colleagues.

You can contact me at edwina.thorn@bristol.ac.uk.

Elizaveta Chowdhury

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Elizaveta Chowdhury, Finance and Sales Administrator

I joined Bristol University Press a couple of years ago after moving from the East of England where I worked in translation agency. I have a supporting role in Finance and Sales and feel privileged to be a part of such a talented and dedicated team.

You can contact me at elizaveta.chowdhury@bristol.ac.uk.

Emily Watt

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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 I 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.

You can contact me at emily.watt@bristol.ac.uk.

Emma Cook

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Emma Cook, Editorial Assistant

 

You can contact me at emma.cook@bristol.ac.uk.

Freya Trand

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Freya Trand, Senior Editorial Assistant

I joined Bristol University Press as the Publishing Assistant in 2019, just as I had moved back to Bristol from Devon. I’m now a Senior Editorial Assistant, which is a pretty varied role, working closely with a range of colleagues across several exciting lists which contribute to BUP’s social mission and I really have learnt a lot. I really enjoy supporting authors through the life of their books, it's great to be a part of the process and see the finished products!

You can contact me at freya.trand@bristol.ac.uk.

Georgie Aldridge

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Georgie Aldridge, Senior Sales Coordinator

I was excited to join BUP in late 2018 and feel really privileged to work for a not-for-profit publisher with a strong social mission, and also with such a passionate and supportive team.

One of the best things about my job is working with all our amazing and dedicated sales and rights agents from across the globe, and it is great to be continually learning about the ever-changing market, with the challenges and opportunities this brings! There is never a dull day!

You can contact me at georgie.aldridge@bristol.ac.uk.

Heather Gibson

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Heather Gibson, Journals Executive

I studied Publishing at Oxford Brookes University and then spent many years working as a Production Editor of academic books and journals. My love of journals is why I applied for my role at BUP, and as Journals Executive I have gained a wide scope of knowledge and experience in the editorial aspects of journals. BUP is a really great company to work for and I am constantly inspired by all the important and impactful research we publish.

You can contact me at heather.gibson@bristol.ac.uk.

Heather Townsend

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Heather Townsend, Sales and Customer Service Administrator

After working in numerous customer-facing roles since graduating from Cardiff University, I was keen to break into publishing and was delighted to join BUP in August 2021. I was so impressed by the press’s dedication to promoting social justice and inclusion, always valuing integrity over profit.

What I enjoy most about my role is being able to work directly with our customers, learning about what really interests them. The team’s passion for what they do is truly infectious, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds as the press continues to grow.

You can contact me at heather.townsend@bristol.ac.uk.

Helen Davis

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Helen Davis, Senior Commissioning Editor

My previous commissioning roles include working at Oxford University Press and the British Red Cross.

As an editor, it’s important to me to be able to develop books which fit with our mission to help shape our understanding of law and society. It is a privilege to work with authors who are focused on justice and rights, exploring the way the law works to protect the things that are most important to our society.

You can contact me at helen.davis@bristol.ac.uk.

Hitesh Shah

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Hitesh Shah, Finance Manager

I studied Maths at Imperial College and stumbled upon the publishing sector totally by chance after working for an audit firm and deciding after a short time that auditing was not for me. I accepted an offer to work as a royalties accountant for Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, who were a small, but growing publisher in the days before the immense success of Harry Potter. Following my time with Bloomsbury, I moved over to the literary agency side of the publishing industry and worked as Finance Director for over 23 years with the famous agent, Ed Victor, who had a very impressive list of clients.

I have very recently joined BUP and love the passion that everyone has, not only to make a real and impactful difference in the world, but also to support and promote existing and new authors, whilst adding to the growing lists of books and journals. It’s a real privilege to be working alongside such a supportive and fun team.

You can contact me at hitesh.shah@bristol.ac.uk.

Hope Jennings-Grounds

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Hope Jennings-Grounds, Digital Marketing Assistant

I joined BUP in May 2021 whilst working on my dissertation for my MA Publishing degree at UCL. It was this degree that introduced me to academic publishing and I quickly realised BUP was a company I really wanted to work for.

Before I got this job, I was doing work experience with a small publishing house in Cardiff which is where I originally discovered my interest in digital marketing.

I am now delighted to be working as part of the digital marketing team here at BUP, working across several online platforms to ensure our work reaches the right people. I am really grateful to be part of such a great, hard-working team.

You can contact me at hope.jennings-grounds@bristol.ac.uk.

Inga Boardman

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Inga Boardman, Publishing Assistant

I moved to the UK 11 years ago without being able to speak more than a handful of words in English. After bouncing around between a few jobs in the hospitality industry, and from binge watching episodes of Friends, I slowly started to learn and gain confidence which helped me to secure a job at Southmead hospital as a Materials Management Assistant. After a few years I started seeking administrative roles and was appointed to the Student Admin Team in Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience, at the University of Bristol.

I thoroughly enjoyed working at PPN, however, I felt like I was ready for a change of scene and sought a new challenge so I am very happy and excited to be a new member of the BUP team. I chose to apply for the position because it is completely different to other departments within the University. I have always had a fondness for books and was intrigued to know the processes involved in publishing. My biggest strength is that I am very organised and give every task all my energy and dedication.

You can contact me at inga.boardman@bristol.ac.uk.

Isobel Bainton

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Isobel Bainton, Commissioning Editor

I came to Policy Press in 2012 from Wiley-Blackwell. Getting to choose who and what we publish is a huge privilege (and responsibility!). I love working with authors from the start of the process, helping them to develop their ideas and shape their book to be the best it can be.

Throughout the process, I maintain overall responsibility for the project and never lose the sense of pride and accomplishment when we receive the first copies from the printer. Once the book is published and out in the world it's great to watch how it's received and what a difference it makes.

You can contact me at isobel.bainton@bristol.ac.uk.

James Bosanquet

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James Bosanquet, Data Administrator

Having studied a data related course at university and always being interested in books I wanted to find a role in which I could fully uses the skills I had learned. It was also important that my work contribute to society, so working at Bristol University Press/Policy Press was a brilliant fit for me.

Data about books is something that many people will not notice or think about when all is well, and my mission is to try and deliver the best quality data in a timely fashion. Data can cover a wide range in the life cycle of a book, and I enjoy being involved in the full cycle of a book from creation to dissemination.

You can contact me at james.bosanquet@bristol.ac.uk.

Jess Mitwright

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Jess Mitwright, Content Creation Manager

I joined the Press in 2016 having previously worked at Intellect Ltd. In my 14+ years in the industry I have been a copy-editor, a production editor, a quality control team leader, a senior production editor and a book manager. I am now head of content creation at the Press and responsible for all pre-press activities. Taking an author's carefully honed manuscript and making it into a real-life book that they can be proud is an enormous privilege and continues to bring me joy.

You can contact me at jess.mitwright@bristol.ac.uk.

Jessica Miles

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Jessica Miles, Digital Marketing Manager

 

You can contact me at jessica.miles@bristol.ac.uk.

Jo Greig

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Jo Greig, Sales and Marketing Director

After 15 years of working in sales and marketing roles in educational publishing, I joined BUP in 2017. It was both the challenge of working in a new sector and the opportunity to build the BUP brand that was a huge appeal. I love working across both sales and marketing; they are both so intrinsically linked and with the small team at the press, we can deliver innovative marketing that drives sales. Before my interview, I researched the Press; I remember being genuinely overwhelmed by the social mission and range of important research BUP and Policy Press publishes. That feeling has never gone away, it’s real honour to work with such a dedicated team and represent research that can truly make a difference.

You can contact me at jo.greig@bristol.ac.uk.

Julia Mortimer

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Julia Mortimer, Journals and Open Access Director

Following an early career in bookselling, I arrived at the University nearly 30 years ago and helped set up Policy Press as Assistant Director. I have worked across most areas of the business but moved to my current role when Bristol University Press was established in order to focus on the journals programme and our open access publishing. I really enjoy seeing journals develop from early discussions to thriving publications, and the ability it affords to develop long term publishing partnerships.

I feel privileged to have seen the Press develop over the years and still enjoy every day working with such a committed, dynamic and passionate team of people with a shared goal of making a difference in society. I also really love meeting people across the industry and am currently a member of the Publishers Association’s Academic Publishers Council.

You can contact me at julia.mortimer@bristol.ac.uk.

Julie Atkins

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Julie Atkins, Global Sales Manager

I joined Bristol University Press in mid-2021 as Global Sales Manager, and it is great to be part of such a passionate and inspiring team. I have worked in international sales in publishing for around twenty years, covering both trade and academic markets, and really look forward to helping BUP and PP titles reach ever further-flung destinations.

You can contact me at julie.atkins@bristol.ac.uk.

Kathryn King

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Kathryn King, Marketing Manager

I joined Policy Press in 2008 as Marketing Manager and have enjoyed being part of its growth and development into Bristol University Press since then. I have worked in academic publishing for 30 years and have seen many changes in that time, but my favourite things have always been working with authors to market and promote their books and learning about the difference our products make to people's lives.

You can contact me at kathryn.king@bristol.ac.uk.

Katie Lucas

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Katie Lucas, Senior Journals Assistant

I first joined Policy Press in 2013 where I worked as Temp alongside studying Sociology at the University of Bristol. Since then I have always returned to work at Policy Press/Bristol University Press after studying and moving to different places returning in various different roles before becoming a permanent full time team member. Working within the journals team is particularly exciting as you are at the forefront of new research as it is developed. I love Bristol University Press for its commitment to social justice and to making a difference in the world and that you always feel as part of a team of likeminded people.

You can contact me at katie.lucas@bristol.ac.uk.

Laura Vickers-Rendell

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Laura Vickers-Rendall, Commissioning Editor

I joined Policy Press in 2010 as a recent Sociology graduate having used a number of Policy Press titles throughout my degree. I have had several roles in the commissioning team working on the majority of the core Policy Press subject areas over the years.

I enjoy meeting existing and potential authors and talking through their research. Building those relationships over the period of time from inception of a potential book idea to publication is especially enjoyable. It is really rewarding to be able to produce books that authors and editors are proud of.

You can contact me at laura.vickers@bristol.ac.uk.

Leonie Drake

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Leonie Drake, Senior Production Editor

 

You can contact me at leonie.drake@bristol.ac.uk.

Lorna Blackmore

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Lorna Blackmore, Editorial Assistant

I work across both the book and journal portfolios here at BUP. With previous experience in STM publishing, I jumped at the chance to engage with social science content. It's fascinating to see what topics are at the forefront of the academic conversation, and it is an exciting challenge to support the delivery of our growing output into the world while helping authors realize their ambitions. I enjoy managing project's journey through the different editorial stages and love learning about the cross-department operations that go on behind the scenes to bring a book to life.

You can contact me at lorna.blackmore@bristol.ac.uk.

Martha Gleeson

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Martha Gleeson, Digital Marketing Coordinator

I joined the Press in 2017 after starting as a volunteer and shortly being hired as the Marketing Assistant. Since then, I moved into the newly established Digital Marketing team and have been working on keeping our online presence vibrant and up to date ever since.

I am incredibly thankful to be part of such a wonderful, hard-working team, who are always working to ensure the work we publish is making an impact on both individuals and society.

You can contact me at martha.gleeson@bristol.ac.uk.

Millie Prekop

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Millie Prekop, Marketing Coordinator

I joined Policy Press in 2019 and was excited to work for a publisher with a heart for social justice. I have worked on a number of subject areas and particularly enjoy marketing our flagship social and public policy list. Supporting authors in promoting their work and collaborating with colleagues are two of my favourite parts of the job. I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to work with and learn from such a fantastic team here at the press.

You can contact me at millie.prekop@bristol.ac.uk.

Paul Stevens

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Paul Stevens, Senior Commissioning Editor

I’m responsible for commissioning books in management, economics, and social studies of science and technology. I joined Bristol in 2017, having previously worked for the likes of Macmillan, Pearson Education, and Cambridge University Press. Academic publishing can seem like a bit of a black box at times, so from the initial pitch and proposal I enjoy working with my authors to help guide their publications the right readers and make a lasting impression. It’s a privilege to be able to do this at a press that values quality over quantity, and that isn’t afraid to experiment along the way.

You can contact me at paul.stevens@bristol.ac.uk.

Philippa Grand

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Philippa Grand, Senior Commissioning Editor / Publisher

After completing my PhD in Modern British History at the University of Manchester in 2002 I moved into the world of academic publishing, working with leading publishers including Manchester University Press and Routledge. I spent ten years at Palgrave Macmillan, commissioning in various subject areas across the social sciences, but mostly with a focus on sociology.

I’m delighted to be part of the team at Bristol University Press, whose mission as a not-for-profit scholarly publisher looking to make a real difference is one I deeply admire. I’m passionate about the importance and value of social science research to society, keen to understand more about how interdisciplinarity is changing the research landscape, and privileged to work with academics and researchers who are examining some of the most pressing issues of our times.

You can contact me at philippa.grand@bristol.ac.uk.

Phylicia Ulibarri-Eglite

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Phylicia Ulibarri-Eglite, Marketing Executive

I joined Policy Press in 2015 after graduating from the University of Edinburgh and officially moving to the UK from Texas.

I have had several roles in the marketing team and have worked on a number of subject areas over the years. It has been incredible to see PP and BUP grow and to work on so many exciting and important books from authors who are truly passionate about their work. I’m glad to be part of such a dedicated, fantastic team of people here at the press.

You can contact me at p.ulibarri-eglite@bristol.ac.uk.

Rebecca Tomlinson

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Rebecca Tomlinson, Commissioning Editor

After completing an MA in Journalism, I got my first publishing job at Policy Press and it's been such a joy to see it grow and develop and to have been so involved in the Bristol University Press journey.

As the editor for criminology and criminal justice books, I’ve been able to shape the list to include some of the most vital topics effecting the most vulnerable and marginalised groups in our society. It’s a privilege to work with the criminology community, who are all so passionate about the important work they’re doing and I think that shows in the fantastic books we’ve published so far.

You can contact me at rebecca.tomlinson@bristol.ac.uk.

Ruth Wallace

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Ruth Wallace, Senior Production Editor

Joining Policy Press in 2013 after an MSc in Publishing was an opportunity to be part of a great not-for-profit academic press. I have enjoyed seeing the press grow and develop into Bristol University Press. Working with our wide range of authors has taught me a lot. Being part of a fantastic team producing thought-provoking books and working to change the world is inspiring.

You can contact me at ruth.wallace@bristol.ac.uk.

Sarah Bird

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Sarah Bird, Development Editor

I have worked in academic publishing since 1994, but took a break from it some years ago to set up a small, ethical publishing cooperative that produced books for a general audience. What drew me to this job, and back to academic publishing, was the fact that Bristol University Press publishes high quality journals and books, with a strong social mission to promote positive social change in all sorts of areas.

I love working with people to build strong communities of research and practice - so managing the Global Social Challenges Journal is my ideal job!

You can contact me at sarah.bird@bristol.ac.uk.

Sarah Breaux

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Sarah Breaux, Senior Executive Assistant

I joined BUP at the beginning of 2019 after years working in the travel and cycling sectors. I completed my MA in Modern Language (Spanish) at the University of Bristol in 2012 after moving to the UK from Austin, Texas. I was attracted to the University for its reputation as a good employer, its position in the Bristol community and to BUP particularly for its social mission. I am dedicated to ensuring smooth operations, continual improvement, and an inclusive and supportive work environment. I love that my role allows me to meet everyone when they start and stay in regular contact with all my colleagues. There are always new challenges to address (like a pandemic!), but I enjoy the ever-changing work.

You can contact me at sarah.breaux@bristol.ac.uk.

Shannon Kneis

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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.

You can contact me at shannon.kneis@bristol.ac.uk.

Simon Bell

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Simon Bell, Institutional Sales Manager

 

You can contact me at simon.bell@bristol.ac.uk.

Stephen Wenham

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Stephen Wenham, Senior Commissioning Editor / Publisher

I studied politics at Bristol University and then spent over ten years at Palgrave Macmillan publishing books across the social sciences, most recently in politics. I am pleased to be back in Bristol and continuing to publish books in politics and international relations.

I enjoy working on subjects that I find so interesting and with researchers whose insights go far beyond headlines and soundbites. As an editor you can help authors find the best format for their research and to link them up with the small army of people required to successfully publish, promote and sell a book.

You can contact me at s.wenham@bristol.ac.uk.

Thea Cook

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Thea Cook, Journals Marketing Executive

After graduating from Newcastle University, I began my career working for the Society for Endocrinology. This is where I got my first taste of both marketing and academic publishing. During my time there I grew to love working in the not-for-profit sector. It’s great to know that every day you are working to put something good out into the world.

This is why I jumped at the chance to work for BUP, a small socially responsible publisher with a mission to tackle complex societal issues. It was a real bonus to find that all of my new colleagues are genuinely lovely people who share my passion.

You can contact me at thea.cook@bristol.ac.uk.

Vaarunika Dharmapala

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Vaarunika Dharmapala, Production Editor

I became drawn to the idea of a career in publishing when, as a postgraduate, I got involved in editing a student journal. I worked for several years in educational publishing and then freelanced for several years more as a copy-editor and developmental editor for both fiction and non-fiction. In 2019, I joined BUP as a production editor. I was amazed and delighted to see the job ad – I’ve always dreamed of working alongside people who care about making the world a radically fairer place, and I hope we contribute towards that goal every day.

You can contact me at v.dharmapala@bristol.ac.uk.

Victoria Pittman

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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.

You can contact me at victoria.pittman@bristol.ac.uk.

Zoë Forbes

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Zoë Forbes, Senior Editorial Assistant

After completing an internship at Agenda publishing during my final year studying History at Newcastle University, I decided to try out a career in academic publishing.

I was an Editorial Assistant at Routledge for just under three years, firstly on their History of the Americas list and then on the Theatre and Performance list. Working within editorial means I support the book project during its journey from proposal to written manuscript and assist with any queries along the way. During this process I aim to build positive relationships with authors, and I enjoy having a job which allows me to be close to academic research in a variety of subject areas.

I started as a Senior Editorial Assistant at Bristol University Press and Policy Press in September 2021, and I am very excited to be working within a dedicated team at a not-for-profit publisher that strives to achieve positive social change.

You can contact me at zoe.forbes@bristol.ac.uk.