Policy Press


Take a look back over our long history, from the initial work of SAUS Publications, to the creation of Policy Press, and the establishment of Bristol University Press.

SAUS Publications launches

Spring 1990
SAUS Publications launches

SAUS Publications arose out of a need to disseminate the social policy and practice work of the School of Advanced Urban Studies, University of Bristol, so it could influence policy.

The Policy Press is born

That aim of disseminating research, along with the values of equality, diversity and social justice that formed the basis of SAUS Publications, transfers naturally over to a new entity… The Policy Press.

Old 'The Policy Press' logo
First The Policy Press title publishes

November 1995
The Policy Press first title published

Our first title, Beyond the Threshold by Graham Room, is published.

January 2005
Launch of the first PP start-up journal

Evidence & Policy is the first start-up journal published by The Policy Press and joins Policy & Politics (our longest running journal) and Benefits (now Journal of Poverty and Social Justice) on the journals list.

Evidence & Policy
Moving into aligned subject areas

June 2005
Moving into aligned subject areas

Expanding our publishing into gerontology, social work and criminology and increasing our society relationships, we launch a key monograph series with the British Society of Gerontology

Our first scholarly trade book

Danny Dorling turns a million words from a British Academy project into our first scholarly trade book, Injustice. It becomes an instant bestseller and is now in its second edition.

The first The Policy Press scholarly trade book
Dropping The to become Policy Press

Dropping 'The' to become 'Policy Press'

As further integration with the University happens, we add the University of Bristol name to our logo and drop the 'The'.

July 2014
Gaining 'gold' in Green Impact Awards

The Policy Press team gain 'gold' at the University's sustainability awards.

Gaining 'gold' in Green Impact Awards
Launching our first app

Launching our first app

The successful The Short Guide to Social Policy new edition publishes and features our first app.

IPG award and shortlisted Bookseller award

“So unbelievably proud and really quite stunned!” Winning the Frankfurt Book Fair Independent Academic and Professional Publisher of the Year 2016.

IPG award and shortlisted Bookseller award
Bristol University Press approved

July 2016
Bristol University Press approved

The University of Bristol approves our business plan for Bristol University Press and Vice Chancellor Hugh Brady makes the announcement.

December 2016
Hosting the Future of Social Justice debate

In association with the Bristol Festival of Ideas we organise a debate on social justice with Danny Dorling, Melissa Benn, Owen Jones and Kayleigh Garthwaite in a packed Wills Memorial Hall.

Hosting the Future of Social Justice debate
Alison Shaw

Bookseller recognition

Alison Shaw included in the Bookseller's top 100 most influential people in the book trade.

April 2018
Launch of Bristol University Press brand

The new website unveils the new BUP brand for the first time

Bristol University Press logo
Squaring the Circle on Brexit

May 2018
First Bristol University Press titles published

The first BUP journal (Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice) and book (Squaring the circle on Brexit) publish.

Choice Outstanding Academic Title winner

Inequality and African American Health by Shirley Hill is our first title to be included on the prestigious list.

Inequality and African American Health
Transforming Society homepage

Launch of Transforming Society blog

A space where research, evidence and critique can create positive social change

Moving into new subject areas

Including New Research Agendas and Science, Technology and Society

Spring 2021 catalogue
Hot air balloons

Celebrating our 2019 Journal Impact Factors

We receive the first Impact Factor for the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice and Policy & Politics' highest ever Impact Factor of 3.069.

IPG nominations and Redux shortlist

BUP is nominated for two IPG awards and shortlisted for the Redux Sustainability Award.

IPG shortlisted logo

Library Advisory Board

We annouce the launch of our inaugural Library Advisory board.

Signing up to the UN SDG Publishers Compact

BUP becomes a signatory of the UN Sustainable Development Goals Publishers Compact.

SDG publishers compact logo
Alison Shaw

Alison Shaw conferred Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

Alison Shaw, Chief Executive, is conferred as one of 37 new Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Society for Social Work Research Book Award

Radical Hope by Michal Krumer-Nevo wins the 2021 Society for Social Work Research Book Award, a leading organisation for social work research in the US and notable achievement for a non-US author and UK press.

'Radical Hope' cover
photo of an open road

Launch of the new Global Social Challenges Journal

BUP launches Global Social Challenges Journal, a new, fully Open Access, not for profit journal.