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Social Research Methods

There are so many debates going on in social research at the moment: online data, evidence use, ethical practice, mixed methods, participatory approaches, cross-disciplinary learning, to name a few. We have a small and successful list, and lots of scope to grow.

New collaborations and ways of working are emerging, as part of a focus on challenge-led research.  Find out more about how we are becoming a home for work on challenge-led research practices, their value to society and how they are evolving, here.  

As a publisher, we have a significant role to play in supporting the development of new research understanding and skills, and in reflecting on emerging agendas and dilemmas. If you are interested in writing for us, please see the Commissioning Editor information below.

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Our new Research Methods and Practices catalogue is now available. Download the pdf here.

Browse Social Research Methods articles on our Transforming Society blog.

Watch all Social Research Methods videos on our YouTube channel.


Paul Stevens

Meet the Editor

Paul Stevens, Publisher

I joined Bristol University Press in 2017, having spent several years publishing psychology and linguistics books with Palgrave Macmillan. I started my career at Cambridge University Press and have worked in a variety of publishing roles across the social sciences and humanities.

While every book is the product of an author’s vision and perseverance, I firmly believe that good publishing is about collaboration. Starting with the initial pitch and proposal, I enjoy working closely with my authors to help shape their ideas and ensure that the books realise their full potential. It’s a privilege to be able to do this at a press which values quality over quantity, and that’s unafraid to try some different things along the way.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal to our Social Research Methods list, please contact me at paul.stevens@bristol.ac.uk, visit our information for authors page to download our proposal guidelines and I can be found on Twitter at @BristolUP_Paul.