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Urban Studies

Our growing interdisciplinary Urban Studies list examines how the built environment shapes human behaviour and how to address complex global challenges such as poverty, climate change and urban development.

Subjects covered include urban planning, urban geography, urban policy, gentrification, local governance and community-based participation, to offer a broad understanding of how urban dynamics shape both global interdependence and local spaces. We welcome new book and series proposals to join this exciting list.

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Our new Human Geography, Urban Studies and Environment and Sustainability catalogue is now available. Download the pdf here.


Emily Watt

Meet the Editor

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 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.

If you are interested in writing for our Urban Studies list, please contact me at emily.watt@bristol.ac.uk or visit our information for authors page to download our proposal guidelines.