Critical academic publishing

We are a different kind of academic publisher

Zed Books is an award-winning, critical, social science publisher specialising in internationally focused social science research and investigation. Our scholarly books and digital collections are tailor made for the academic market and are available to individuals and institutions across the globe.

Publishing excellence

We are academic publishing’s strongest advocate for diversity

We combine editorial expertise, proficiently managed peer review and exceptional publishing services with a commitment to increasing diversity and inclusion both within the academy and within academic publishing. Every aspect of our publishing is focused on excellence in the support of equality, diversity and social justice and our processes are designed to support critical social science research. This is where our expertise lies.

World leading, subject specialists

For over forty years our publishing has continuously broken new ground

We publish some of the world’s most identifiable and well-respected international politics, development and area studies subject lists. Our focus on both the Global North and South, as well as Western and Eastern hemispheres, has over the last four decades produced a vast catalogue of underrepresented and critical voices which, because of changes in global politics, are now coming to the fore.

Digital content and beautiful books

We get the right content, in the right way, to the right readers

Our product output spans a variety of different types of books and digital collections, all of which are available here, through Zed Scholar and through the Zed Books shop. We offer a variety of different publishing models, including Open Access, all of which are geared to getting crucial, critical social science research out into the right markets and across the right territories.