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Professor Iain Stevenson
Department of Information Studies
University College London
London WC1E 6BT
Research interests and expertise
Publishing & book history, publishing in Canada, e-publishing, copyright law, history of communication, especially postal services and telegraphy.
I am the Publishing Centre's Director of Teaching and led the establishment of the MA in Publishing, now in its fourth year.
Since gaining a PhD at UCL in 1981 I have had extensive publishing industry experience with Longman, Macmillan, Pinter, Leicester University Press, Wiley, and The Stationery Office. I have been consultant to The British Library and London Transport Users' Committee, International IDEA, and the Australian Sustainable Tourism Publishing Company. I created the award winning MA in Publishing Studies at City University London and was Senior Tutor for Research and Professor of Publishing Studies in the Department of Journalism and Publishing there between 1999 and 2006. I 'came home' to UCL in 2006. I was active on the governing and advisory boards of the Publishers Association and the Royal Geographical Society. I founded the environmental publisher Belhaven Press in 1986.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and have published much on the history of cartographic publishing. My current research is centred upon the history of British publishing especially scientific, technical and medical publishing and publishing in Scotland concentrating on cartography. I also research the applications of new technology in publishing, especially e-books and alternatives to the printed monograph in academic and scholarly communication. I am currently involved in a major project on the history of communication. With colleagues at the University of Paris 13, I am researching the comparative experience of first-time authors in Britain and France.
My new book, Book Makers: British Publishing in the Twentieth Century (ISBN 978-0-7123-0961-5: price £25) was published by British Library Publishing in Spring 2010.
MA (Glasgow), MA (Simon Fraser), PhD (London)
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