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Community Development

Our Community Development list looks at the various practices and systems that support communities to take control of their lives, services and environments. Our authors in this list support the active participation of individuals in their communities, and their rigorous research and thought-provoking work pushes boundaries, resets thinking and facilitates change.

We are seeking to publish work in this field that can make a difference, can help students in their studies, and practitioners in their demanding work.  If you are interested in writing for us, please see the Commissioning Editor information below.

Browse Community Development articles on our Transforming Society blog.


Sarah Bird

Meet the Editor

Sarah Bird, Commissioning Editor

I have a background in academic publishing, but took a break from it in the last few years to set up a small, ethical publishing company that produced books for a general audience. What drew me to this job, and back to academic and professional publishing, was the fact that Policy Press and now Bristol University Press publish high quality books, with a strong social mission to promote positive social change in all sorts of areas.

I love working with authors, readers and others to turn the germ of an idea for a book into the best project it possibly can be.

If you are interested in writing for our Community Development list, please contact me at sarah.bird@bristol.ac.uk or visit our information for authors page to download our proposal guidelines.