For over four decades Zed Books has been committed to furthering the social sciences, by providing a platform for marginalised and critical voices across the HSS.

Through the development of publishing workflows driven by exceptional research and publishing standards and an explicit commitment to internationalism and increasing diversity and inclusion within the Western academy, many of our subject lists have become the go-to subject lists for critical social science researchers.

Whether you are looking for teaching resources, digital collections for your institution or are interested in publishing with Zed Books, browsing our subjects and series is a quick way to familiarise yourself with our academic publishing.

All subjects

Zed Books is home to one of the most prestigious, identifiable and well-respected Africa Studies lists within scholarly publishing.
The Americas list interweaves themes of decoloniality, post-colonialism, the relationships between grassroots activism and national politics, the roles of key political leaders as well as economic development.
The Asia list at Zed Books spans the entire continent as well as providing focus on regional, country specific and international politics.
The Europe list here at Zed Books is a politics and cultural studies list focussing on Europe's political, economic and cultural relationship with the rest of the world.
Middle East
The Middle East list at Zed Books is a highly reputable list specialising in Postcolonial and Palestine Studies.
Cities and Architecture
The Cities and Architecture list provides alternative interpretations of urban space and in-depth analysis of the politics of urban planning in the global South.
Development Studies
Zed Books is home to arguably the world's most reputable critical Development Studies list.
The Zed Books Economics list balances international thinking, with radical critique and is home to some of the world's most influential heterodox economists.
The Education list is a trailblazing, world-leading list that challenges global education systems embedded in imperialist regimes of knowledge production.
The Zed Books Environment list focuses on the links between global development, capitalism and the changing climate.
Gender and Sexualities
Zed Books is home to one of the first and most internationally focussed academic Gender Studies lists in the UK.
The Zed Books History list offers much needed feminist, queer and postcolonial lenses to international histories.
Health and Medicine
The Zed Books Health and Medicine list focuses on the links between global development, capitalism and the health of populations across the globe.
Human Rights
The Human Rights list spans many subject areas and addresses the construction, function and critique of human rights as well as examining their violation.
Philosophy and Cultural Studies
Politics and International Relations
The Zed Books Politics list covers international politics as well as political theory with an international rather than a Western focus.
Postcolonial Studies
The Zed Books Postcolonial Studies list spans international politics, society and culture.
Race and Indigeneity
Zed Books is the go-to academic publisher for marginalised and indigenous voices, our Race and Indigeneity list is home to many of them.
The Sociology list at Zed Books focusses on the socio-political and socio-economic aspects of inequality.
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Learn more about the various types of peer review, why it’s so important, what the social and political considerations of peer review are and how we use it at Zed Books.