Impact, influence and engagement


Publishing to make a real difference



"Policy Press has a critical role to play in our global political discourse. They deliver thoughtful titles on the issues that truly challenge our times." Sam Pizzigati, Institute for Policy Studies, Washington

Impact has always been at the heart of what we do


Right from the very beginning Policy Press has always worked closely with authors to ensure their work gains the social impact it deserves alongside academic impact. Our social mission makes us stand out from other publishers and is one of the key reasons authors and editors choose to work with us.

We believe that achieving impact for the public good is a crucial aim of social science research The books and journals we publish make an impact, influence and shape policy, are applied to professional practice, raise awareness, promote debate and make a positive difference to society, in the UK and internationally.

Impact beyond metrics


We firmly believe that impact is about more than just traditional metrics. An author’s work can shift understanding of policy and practice or teaching, reframe debates, change communities and organisations for the better and help to improve individuals’ lives.

We don’t just want people to read our content but to really engage with it – intellectually, emotionally and practically. We can advise you on maximising impact to the intended audience right from your initial inquiry or submission to Policy Press through the complete life of the publication. By working together we can make this happen - find out how here.

In addition to personalised guidance from our staff we also provide a range of other resources and guidance on this website to help you achieve impact and to measure it. See the links on the right to find out more.


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Selected books that have influenced policy and practice
Selected books that have featured in national media