Includes internationally respected works on bioethics and the humanities. The series focuses on the strong foundations and reputation of the University of Manchester’s world-leading scholars in bioethics, and its internationally respected Centre for Social Ethics and Policy and Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation. It includes publications from across the humanities, brought to bear on contemporary, historical and future bioethical questions of the highest social and moral concern and interest.

Proposal Guidelines:

To submit a proposal, please complete the MUP proposal form: Proposal form PDF

Send completed proposal forms to Professor Rebecca Bennett at rebecca.bennet@manchester.ac.uk

For more information about the review process, please click here: Review Process

Series editors: Simona Giordano and Rebecca Bennett (University of Manchester)



The purpose of this series is to give a platform to those students of labour movements who challenge, or develop, established ways of thinking and so demonstrate the continued vitality of the subject and the work of those interested in it.

Series editors: John Callaghan, Steven Fielding, Steve Ludlam



Critical Powers is dedicated to constructing dialogues around innovative and original work in social and political theory. The ambition of the series is to be pluralist in welcoming work from different philosophical traditions and theoretical orientations, ranging from abstract conceptual argument to concrete policy-relevant engagements, and encouraging dialogue across the diverse approaches that populate the field of social and political theory. All the volumes in the series are structured as dialogues in which a lead essay is greeted with a series of responses before a reply by the lead essayist. Such dialogues spark debate, foster understanding, encourage innovation and perform the drama of thought in a way that engages a wide audience of scholars and students.

Previous titles are available at the Bloomsbury series page.

Series editors:

Antony Simon Laden, Professor of Philosophy, University of Illinois, Chicago, USA
Peter Niesen, Professor of Political Theory, University of Hamburg, Germany
David Owen, Professor of Social and Political Philosophy, University of Southampton, UK



Devolution has established new political institutions in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, London and the other English regions since 1997. These devolution reforms have far-reaching implications for the politics, policy and society of the UK. Radical institutional change, combined with a fuller capacity to express the UK’s distinctive territorial identities, is reshaping the way the UK is governed and opening up new directions of public policy. These are the biggest changes to UK politics for at least 150 years.


The Devolution series brings together the best research in the UK on devolution and its implications. It draws together the best analysis from the Economic and Social Research Council’s research programme on Devolution and Constitutional Change. The series has three central themes, all of which are vital components in understanding the changes devolution has set in train.

Series editor: Charlie Jeffery



The European Politics series seeks to tackle the biggest issues facing Europe in the twenty-first century.

Previously published under the European Policy Research Unit (EPRU) name, this long-established and highly respected series combines an important scholarly legacy with an ambitious outlook on European Studies at a time of rapid change for the discipline. Its geographical coverage encompasses the European Union, its existing and aspiring members, and ‘wider Europe’, including Russia and Turkey, and the series actively promotes disciplinary, theoretical and methodological diversity.

The editors particularly welcome critical scholarship on the politics and policy making of the European Union, on comparative European politics, and on contemporary issues and debates affecting the future of Europe’s socio-political and security outlook. Key areas of interest include Brexit, the environment, migration, identity politics and the ever-changing face of European integration.

For informal inquires please contact:

Commissioning Editor Rob Byron: robert.byron@manchester.ac.uk

or the Series Editors:

Prof. Dimitris Papadimitriou Dimitris.papadimitriou@manchester.ac.uk

Dr. Kathryn Simpson K.Simpson@mmu.ac.uk

Dr. Paul Tobin paul.tobin@manchester.ac.uk



Geopolitical Economy promotes fresh inter- and multi-disciplinary perspectives on the most pressing new realities of the twenty-first century: the multipolar world and the renewed economic centrality of states in it. From a range of disciplines, works in the series account for these new realities historically. They explore the problems and contradictions, domestic and international, of capitalism. They reconstruct the struggles of classes and nations, and state actions in response to them, which have shaped capitalism, and track the growth of the public and de-commodified spheres these dialectical interactions have given rise to. Finally, they map the new terrain on which political forces must now act to orient national and the international economies in equitable and ecological, cultural and creative directions.

Series Editors: Radhika Desai and Alan Freeman



This landmark series offers a fresh interdisciplinary reflection on one of the most important and yet understudied areas of history, politics and cultural practice: humanitarian aid and its responses to crises and conflicts. Now firmly established, the series brings into salient perspective the boundaries and methodologies applied to the study of humanitarian relief and so-called ‘humanitarian events’. It includes monographs and carefully selected thematic edited collections which cross disciplinary boundaries and bring new perspectives to the historical, political and cultural understanding of the rationale and impact of humanitarian relief work and policies.

For informal enquiries or proposal submissions, please contact: 

Series Editor Professor Bertrant Taithe:



After the Arab Uprisings and the ensuing fragmentation of regime– society relations across the Middle East, identities and geopolitics have become increasingly contested, with serious implications for the ordering of political life at domestic, regional and international levels, best seen in conflicts in Syria and Yemen. The Middle East is the most militarised region in the world, where geopolitical factors remain predominant in shaping political dynamics. Another common feature of the regional landscape is the continued degeneration of communal relations as societal actors retreat into substate identities, while difference becomes increasingly violent, spilling out beyond state borders. The power of religion – and trans- state nature of religious views and linkages – thus provides the means for regional actors (such as Saudi Arabia and Iran) to exert influence over a number of groups across the region and beyond. This series provides space for the engagement with these ideas and the broader political, legal and theological factors to create space for an intellectual reimagining of socio- political life in the Middle East.

Originating from the SEPAD project (www.sepad.org.uk), this series facilitates the reimagining of political ideas, identities and organisation across the Middle East, moving beyond the exclusionary and binary forms of identity to reveal the contingent factors that shape and order life across the region.

Series editors: Simon Mabon, Edward Wastnidge and May Darwich



This series takes key problems for environmental policy and examines the politics behind their cause and possible resolution.

Series editors: Mikael Skou Andersen and Duncan Liefferink



Issues in German Politics is a major series on contemporary Germany. Focusing on the post-unity era, it presents concise, scholarly analyses of the forces driving change in domestic politics and foreign policy. Key themes will be the continuing legacies of German unification and controversies surrounding Germany's role and power in Europe. The series includes contributions from political science, international relations and political economy.

Series editor: Charlie Jeffery, Charles Lees



The volumes in the series seek to advance the study and understanding of diplomacy in its many forms. Diplomacy remains a vital component of global affairs, and it influences and is influenced by its environment and the context in which it is conducted. It is an activity of great relevance for International Studies, International History, and of course Diplomatic Studies. The series covers historical, conceptual, and practical studies of diplomacy.

Previous titles in this series can be found on the Bloomsbury KSD page.

Series editors: J. Simon Rofe, Giles Scott-Smith



Founded as a memorial to Edward Melland Schill, a promising scholar killed during the First World War, the Melland Schill Lectures (1961-74) were established by the University of Manchester following a bequest by Edward’s sister, Olive B. Schill, to promote the understanding of international law and implicitly lessen the possibilities for future conflict. Dedicated to promoting women’s employment rights and access to education, Olive’s work is commemorated in both the Melland Schill series and the Women in International Law Network at the University of Manchester.

The Melland Schill Lectures featured a distinguished series of speakers on a range of controversial topics, including Quincy Wright on the role of international law in the elimination of war, Robert Jennings on the acquisition of territory, and Sir Ian Sinclair on the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties.

In the 1970s, Gillian White, the first woman appointed as Professor of Law in mainland Britain, transformed the lectures into a monograph series, published by Manchester University Press. Many of the works previously published under the name ‘Melland Schill monographs’ have become standard references in the field, including A.P.V. Rogers’ Law on the battlefield, which is currently in its third edition, and Hilary Charlesworth and Christine Chinkin’s The boundaries of international law, which offered the first book-length application of feminist theories to international law.

Closely linked to the Melland Schill Studies in International Law series and carefully supervised by the editors, these volumes have been updated and reissued in paperback for new generations of scholars and practitioners.

For newly commissioned titles, see Melland Schill Studies in International Law and Melland Schill Perspectives on International Law.


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Series editors

Jean d'Aspremont is Professor of International Law at Sciences Po, Paris and holds a chair in Public International Law at the University of Manchester, where he is a founder and director of the Manchester International Law Centre. He is General Editor of the Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law and Director of Oxford International Organizations.

Iain Scobbie holds a chair in International Law at the University of Manchester, where he is a founder and director of the Manchester International Law Centre. Professor Scobbie was previously the Sir Joseph Hotung Research Professor in Law, Human Rights, and Peace Building in the Middle East at SOAS, University of London, to which he remains affiliated.



Building on the history of Melland Schill Classics and Melland Schill Studies, Melland Schill Perspectives on International Law was established in 2019 to reflect the diversity of international legal scholarship worldwide. This inclusive, accessible series offers a platform for scholars from different regions who adopt innovative approaches to new and old topics.

Melland Schill Perspectives on International Law is founded on the idea that every international legal issue should be debated from various and, at times, incommensurable perspectives. Though there is a great deal of diversity in international legal debates and practice, this diversity is often obfuscated by prevailing Euro-centric and positivist narratives, which not only creates difficulties for non-Western scholars to be heard but hinders the development of different approaches.

Recent highlights in the series include Yenkong Ngangjoh Hodu and Makane Moïse Mbengue’s African perspectives in international investment law, which represents the first project to include contributions from leading African international lawyers and international arbitrators, while Sufyan Droubi and Cecilia Flores Elizondo’s exposition of resistance and accommodation in Latin American and international investment law offers a challenging and comprehensive view of stakeholder practices and the struggles for human rights and sustainable development.

Please see the recent call for proposals and proposal form for further guidance on submitting to the series. MUP encourage prospective authors to consult the Melland Schill style guidelines before submitting a proposal. 

Series editors

Iain Scobbie holds a chair in International Law at the University of Manchester, where he is a founder and director of the Manchester International Law Centre. Professor Scobbie was previously the Sir Joseph Hotung Research Professor in Law, Human Rights, and Peace Building in the Middle East at SOAS, University of London, to which he remains affiliated.

Jean d'Aspremont is Professor of International Law at Sciences Po, Paris and holds a chair in Public International Law at the University of Manchester, where he is a founder and director of the Manchester International Law Centre. He is General Editor of the Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law and Director of Oxford International Organizations.

Sufyan Droubi is a Lecturer in International Law at the University of Dundee, having previously held posts at the University of São Paulo and at the University of Manchester. He is one of the coordinators of the Interest Group on International Organisations of the European Society of International Law and remains a member of the Manchester International Law Centre at the University of Manchester.



Each volume in the series addresses major international law issues and current developments. Many of the previous volumes, published under the name Melland Schill monographs, have become standard works of reference in the field.

Series editors

Iain Scobbie holds a chair in International Law at the University of Manchester, where he is a founder and director of the Manchester International Law Centre. Professor Scobbie was previously the Sir Joseph Hotung Research Professor in Law, Human Rights, and Peace Building in the Middle East at SOAS, University of London, to which he remains affiliated.

Jean d'Aspremont is Professor of International Law at Sciences Po, Paris and holds a chair in Public International Law at the University of Manchester, where he is a founder and director of the Manchester International Law Centre. He is General Editor of the Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law and Director of Oxford International Organizations.



New Approaches to Conflict Analysis promotes the development of new theoretical insights and their application to concrete cases of large scale conflict.

Series editors: Peter Lawler and Emmanuel Pierre-Guittet



The series publishes the best and most innovative titles on the politics of the right, drawn from the fields of sociology, history, cultural studies and political science and stimulate debate across disciplinary boundaries. It is not limited in historical coverage or geographical scope, but is united by its concern to critically interrogate and better understand the history, development, intellectual basis and impact of the Right. The series will act as a voice and forum for work by scholars engaging with the politics of the Right in new and imaginative ways.

Series editor: Richard Hayton (University of Leeds)



Pocket Politics presents short summaries of complex topics on socio-political issues both in Britain and overseas. Academically sound, accessible and aimed at the interested general reader, the series will address a subject range including political ideas, economics, society, the machinery of government and international issues. Authors are encouraged, should they choose, to offer their own conclusions rather than strive for mere academic objectivity. The series will provide stimulating intellectual access to the problems of the modern world in a user-friendly format.

Series Editor, Bill Jones, is one of the most well-respected authors of educational material in the field of politics.



The Political Ethnography series is an outlet for ethnographic research into politics and administration and builds an interdisciplinary platform for a readership interested in qualitative research in this area. Such work cuts across traditional scholarly boundaries of political science, public administration, anthropology, social policy studies and development studies and facilitates a conversation across disciplines. It will provoke a re-thinking of how researchers can understand politics and administration.

Series editor: Rod Rhodes



Definitive, accessible and comprehensive, the Politics today series sets the standard for introductory textbooks.

Key titles:

British politics today – the Essentials – Bill Jones
Scandinavian politics today – David Arter
Irish politics today – Neil Collins

Series editor: Bill Jones



The times we live in are troubling, and as always theory struggles to keep pace with events in its efforts to analyse and assess society, culture and politics. Many of the ‘contemporary’ political theories emerged and developed in the twentieth century or earlier, but how well do they work at the start of the twenty-first century?

Reappraising the Political realigns political theory with its contemporary context. The series is interdisciplinary in approach, seeking new inspiration from both traditional sister disciplines, and from more recent neighbours such as literary theory and cultural studies. It encompasses an international range, recognising both the diffusion and adaptation of Western political thought in the rest of the world, and the impact of global processes and non-Western ideas on Western politics.

Series editors: Simon Tormey and Jon Simons



Crossing to the other side has many meanings, depending on what is crossing, where, when and why. Yet it always involves borders: there can be no other side without a marker between the sides, something that gives the sense of a difference between here and that other place. Equally, refusing to cross, or refusing to accept the crossers, also requires a marker between different sides.

Rethinking Borders focuses on what gives borders their qualities across time and space, as well as how such borders are experienced, built, managed, imagined and changed. This involves detailed and often richly ethnographic studies of all aspects of borders: finance and money, bureaucracy, trade, law, new technologies, materiality, infrastructure, gender and sexuality, even the philosophy of what counts as being ‘borderly,’ as well as the more familiar topics of migration, nationalism, politics, conflicts and security.

While there has been much discussion about globalization, transnationalism, networks and digital technologies, and how these have radically changed relations between people and places, the world is still full of efforts to cut through the flow, to create stops somewhere. This is both so as to control movement (not only of people, but also of goods, animals, plants, money, ideas, diseases) and so as to define somewhere as being different from somewhere else. The Rethinking Borders series is dedicated to scholarship which provides fresh ways to think about these continuing efforts to mark differences spatially, and to understand both the major and more localised ways in which that has been changing.

The series originated with the work of a COST research network, EastBordNet (www.eastbordnet.org). EastBordNet was dedicated to rethinking the concept of border in the eastern peripheries of Europe. In the first decade of the 21st century, it was clear that something radical was happening with borders in that region, but more collaborative work across multiple borders was needed to understand and rethink the process. The first few volumes of Rethinking Borders reflect the regional origins of the series, but we welcome manuscripts from any part of the world.

Series Editors: Professor Hastings Donnan, The Queen's University Belfast and Professor Sarah Green, Helsinki University



Globalization is widely viewed as a current condition of the world, but there is little engagement with how this changes the way we understand it. This series addresses the impact of globalization on the social sciences and humanities. Each title focuses on a particular theoretical issue or topic of empirical controversy and debate, addressing theory in a comprehensive and interconnected manner. With contributions from scholars from across the globe, this series will explore different perspectives to examine globalization from a genuinely global viewpoint. The series is aimed at students and scholars of social and political theory, cultural and literary theory, history and postcolonial studies.

Previous titles are available at the Bloomsbury series page.

All books published in the Theory for a Global Age series are available Open Access on manchesteropenhive and also on the OAPEN platform.

Series editor: Gurminder K. Bhambra is Professor of Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies across the Departments of Geography and International Relations in the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex

Advisory board: Michael Burawoy, Professor of Sociology, University of California Berkeley, USA; Neera Chandhoke, Professor of Political Science, University of Delhi, India; Robin Cohen, Emeritus Professor of Development and International Migration, Oxford University, UK; 
Peo Hansen, Professor of Political Science and Ethnic Studies, Linköping University, Sweden
; John Holmwood, Professor of Sociology, University of Nottingham, UK
; Walter Mignolo, Professor of Literature and Romance Studies, Duke University, USA
; Emma Porio, Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines
; Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Professor of Sociology and Distinguished Legal Scholar, University of Coimbra, Portugal



The Understanding Politics series accessibly and comprehensively covers the A/S and A level politics syllabuses of the main UK examining boards.

Series editor: Duncan Watts