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Publishing MA: Research areas

Current research in this area

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is characterised by an active research culture. MA Publishing staff are all engaged with practice- and profession-based research and this ensures that they are both in touch with the latest thinking and bring best practice to your studies. Recent publishing research at Kingston University has included:

  • Investigating the processes and outcomes of self-publishing, and its impact on the publishing industry
  • Collections-Based Research: training in research methodologies for the production of new knowledge around material cultures in a digital age; interdisciplinary research
  • Identifying and categorising novel business models and value creation within established publishing firms
  • The processes of text book publishing: commissioning, writing, student appreciation and retailing
  • The Limits of Desire: the Mills & Boon romance market; development of erotic fiction
  • The role of shared reading within Forces families. Find out more here.
  • Research into the Archive of British Publishing and Printing: publishing industry history, history of popular culture; supporting public engagement
  • The field of Publishing Studies as a discipline within universities

Student research

"Completing the research component of my MA was a fantastic challenge: being able to focus on a single topic in depth meant I built up expertise in an area I was really passionate about. I felt like I had produced a piece of work of true value to the publishing industry. It was great for my CV – in fact, I'd say it helped me stand out enough to secure my current position."
Eryl Norris, Editorial Assistant, Little Tiger Press, Bookseller Dissertation award-winner and Kingston MA Publishing graduate

We run an MA dissertation scheme that involves external supervisors. This allows students to develop a research project that is of relevance to the industry they hope to join – and to gain the support and involvement of a mentor with experience of their chosen area. This has proven very successful and strong relationships, references and employment have all resulted.

Professional links

Our department is active within the Association for Publishing Education and we have strong connections with the UK Publishers Association.


We organised and hosted the Are Publishers Born or Made? conference on the role of Publishing Studies.

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