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by Philippa Grand  |  4th December 2020

Building on its long-standing commitment to publishing for global impact and social change and continuing to publish with a purpose, Phillipa Grand discusses Bristol University Press joining the UN Sustainable Development Goals Publishers Compact. …Read more

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As ‘Social Problems in the Age of COVID-19: Volume 2’ is launched, one of its contributors Bradley W. Williams charts some of the ways disabled people around the world are being hit hardest by COVID-19.…Read more

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by Alison Shaw  |  13th November 2020

As we come towards the end of University Press Week, Chief Executive of Bristol University Press, and its imprint Policy Press, Alison Shaw reflects on the theme of the week - #RaiseUP.…Read more

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by Samir Sweida-Metwally  |  11th November 2020

Changing our consumption habits is an essential step to tackling systemic racism. Samir Sweida-Metwally argues that self-education in the era of Black Lives Matter is just not enough.…Read more

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by Farhang Morady  |  3rd November 2020

Farhang Morady, author of ‘Contemporary Iran: Politics, Economy, Religion’, outlines the cumulative economic effects of sanctions, COVID-19 and government mismanagement on an already shattered economy, but draws hope from the imminent US elections and from regime change in Iran.…Read more

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by Vicki Dabrowski  |  28th October 2020

Vicki Dabrowski, author of 'Austerity, Women and the Role of the State', calls out the toxic narrative of blame on women and minority groups to deny the need for social provision in times of COVID-19 and austerity.…Read more

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by Tom Vickers  |  27th October 2020

Launching the paperback of 'Borders, Migration and Class in an Age of Crisis', Tom Vickers charts UK COVID-19 policy as evidence of capitalist exploitation of migrant workers and vulnerable groups, but sees the potential for a positive mobilisation of society and new alliances.…Read more

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Lindsey German, contributor to 'Social Work and the COVID-19 Pandemic: International Insights', explains why, when we talk about how work and society should change post COVID-19, we must put the role of women and work at the centre of our analysis.…Read more

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by Pádraig Carmody Gerry McCann Clodagh Colleran and Ciara O’Halloran  |  22nd October 2020

Launching the new Rapid Response title ‘COVID-19 in the Global South’ - available to download free Open Access - Pádraig Carmody, Gerry McCann, Clodagh Colleran and Ciara O’Halloran explore some of the key issues that have arisen in the Global South with the COVID-19 pandemic.…Read more

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by Philippe Bihouix  |  21st October 2020

Philippe Bihouix outlines how a low-tech alternative exists to our society hell-bent on extraction, production and consumption, and how we must reinvent our modes of production to build a more resilient, equitable and sustainable society.…Read more