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Reviews and Awards

Winner IPA 2016
In 2016 Policy Press not only celebrated its 20th anniversary year, but also won the Frankfurt Book Fair Independent Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year. Director Alison Shaw shares her thoughts and feelings on what winning this award meant to her.

Policy Press were also shortlisted for the Bookseller Independent Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year 2016.

Policy Press books are regularly reviewed in academic journals and the wider media, and recieve book awards and prizes. Recent reviews and awards for key Policy Press Scholarship Online titles include:

Poverty and insecurity: Life in low-pay, no-pay Britain by Rob Macdonald, Tracy Shildrick, Colin Webster and Kayleigh Garthwaite was the winner of the biennial Peter Townsend Prize.
Awarded for outstanding work with policy relevance on a topic to which Professor Townsend made a major contribution.  Peter Townsend is one of the most distinguished global figures in contemporary social policy and sociology and the prize was set up by the British Academy, of which he was a Fellow, to honour his memory following his death in 2009.

Kids Online by Sonia Livingstone and Leslie Haddon
“Amid a public debate that has been highly polarised and often sensationalised, this book provides a balanced, theoretically sound and highly readable assessment of the research on young people’s engagement with new media. It will be an extremely valuable resource for academic researchers, policy makers, industry leaders and parents.”
Professor Kathryn C. Montgomery, School of Communication, American University, and author of "Generation Digital: Politics, Commerce, and Childhood in the Age of the Internet" (MIT Press).

“..readers eager for a unique comparative assessment of issues around new digital literacies as they pertain to kids will find much in these pages. Recommended.”
H Lowood in Choice

Disability and poverty by Arne H. Eide and Benedicte Ingstad
"This is an important and timely book. All too often we are told that there is a relationship between disability and poverty, but this is the first publication which systematically examines this relationship, from a range of perspectives. The book will be required reading for everyone in the field."
Leslie Swartz, Department of Psychology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Social work and global health inequalities by Paul Bywaters, Eileen McLeod, and Lindsey Napier
"...makes a significant and unique contribution to both social work knowledge and global health studies by bridging them. It is one of the pioneers in the field."
Yanqiu Rachel Zhou in International Journal of Social Welfare

Using evidence by Sandra M. Nutley, Isabel Walter, and Huw T.O. Davies
"Anyone who has ever written or uttered the words 'evidence-based policy' should read this outstanding book. So should anyone else who has hopes for increasing the rationality of policy or practice through reference to systematic inquiry. The volume unpacks the meanings and assumptions embedded in 'evidence-based policy', illustrates its successes and shortfalls, looks at alternative perspectives on the junction of research and practice, and suggests documented ways to improve the engagement of research with policy and practice. This sophisticated book will challenge some current beliefs and offer better grounded and more realistic aspirations."
Carol H. Weiss, Beatrice B. Whiting Professor Emerita, Harvard Graduate School of Education

"This book is a major contribution to the literature: clear, thoughtful, relevant and evidence-informed. My first bit of advice for the Academy of Management here in the US is for everyone to read this book."
Thomas G. Rundall, Henry J. Kaiser Professor of Organized Health Systems, U.C. Berkeley