Zed Books is home to a wide range of academic series spanning the social sciences, many of which are internationally recognised and have been running for years. We are proud to partner with a number of globally renowned social science research institutions, as well as organisations committed to equality and social justice, making crucial, critical academic research available to the wider world.

Our series feature award-winning research, books and authors, and are home to some of the world’s leading specialists in the fields of Area Studies, Development Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Gender and Sexualities and International Politics.

Our series

Africa Now
Africa Now, published in association with the internationally respected Nordic Africa Institute, examines the big issues confronting Africa today.
African Arguments
African Arguments is published in association with the International Africa Institute, the Royal African Society and the World Peace Foundation.
African Popular Culture
A new series of books that seeks to provide accessible but in-depth analysis of key contemporary issues on topics related to African popular culture.
Blackness in Britain
From the creators of Britain's first Black Studies degree, Blackness in Britain is the first series of cutting edge academic research on Black experiences in Britain.
Critique Influence Change
Carefully curated series of landmark Zed Books titles from our forty-year history.
Development Essentials
The foundational titles in the field of critical development studies.
Development Matters
Thematic examinations challenging traditional disciplinary, ideological and theory–practice boundaries within the field of Development Studies.
Economic Controversies
Concise and accessible, Economic Controversies brings a fresh, unorthodox approach to a variety of controversial subjects.
Exquisite Corpse
Considers all aspects of the human body from a variety of perspectives and disciplines.
Feminisms and Development
Repositions feminism within development studies, bringing into view commonalities across the countries of the global south.
In Common
The only academic series explicitly focussed on Commons theory.
International Studies in Poverty Research
Promotes a fuller understanding of the nature, extent, depth, distribution, trends, causes and effects of global poverty.
Just Sustainabilities
Contributes to understanding, theorising and ultimately developing strategies toward the development of more just and sustainable communities in both the global North and South.
Politics and Development in Contemporary Africa
In-depth analysis of key contemporary issues affecting countries across the continent.
Politics and Society in Urban Africa
In-depth analysis of key contemporary issues affecting urban environments across the African continent.
World Political Theories
This series asks how universal political theory actually is, and to what extent place makes a difference.

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