Policy Press

Publishing with a Purpose

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Planning and Housing

We aim to produce books that try and find equitable solutions to some really challenging problems, including the current UK housing crisis. The scholarship we publish in this list looks at all available evidence to inform the creation of better homes and a better built environment for all of us - individuals and communities, in the global north and the global south.

Policy Press has published the highest quality work in this area by authors like Yvonne Rydin, Nick Gallent, Kate Henderson,  Hugh Ellis, Alan Murie and in titles including How to build houses and save the countryside by Shaun Speirs, Understanding housing policy by Brian Lund and The Purpose of Planning by Yvonne Rydin.

We are looking for writers who get to the heart of problems and can clearly communicate their expertise and research to the right audience, be they academics, students or policy makers. If you are interested in writing for us, please see the Commissioning Editor information below.


Sarah Bird

Meet the Editor

Sarah Bird, Commissioning Editor (maternity cover)

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 Planning and Housing list, please contact me at sarah.bird@bristol.ac.uk or visit our information for authors page to download our proposal guidelines.

Senior Commissioning Editor Emily Watt (emily.watt@bristol.ac.uk) is currently on maternity leave.