Information Studies


Nick Canty

Nick Canty

My background is in the publishing industry where I worked for almost 15 years as a commissioning editor and publisher. I worked for Pearson, Thomson Reuters and was then the Publishing Director for the academic press of a professional society. In my previous professional work I have set up and managed commercial business units and launched various commercial enterprises, from book lists to major online information services. I have been involved with a variety of media and publishing formats covering print and online services. 

I lecture on the Sales, Marketing & Promotion module in Term I and Advanced Trade in Term II. In addition I lecture on Publishing Contexts and the Publishing Project modules.

I am a Co-Investigator on the AHRC Academic Book of the Future research project which is led by my colleague Dr Sam Rayner.

I was a member of the Professional Development Committee of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) and I am a member of the Association of Publishing Education (APE), the Association of Internet Researchers (AIR-L) and SHARP

I am the Books Review editor for the journal Logos.

I was co-director with Anne Welsh of the Festival of Reading held at UCL in 2013.

The Centre for Publishing collaborates with the Universite Paris 13 and their Masters publishing programme. As well as student exchanges we lecture in Paris and conduct joint research.

Research interests include the value, use and impact of social media within publishing companies and publishing companies in transition. You can see my research outputs here.

I jointly organise the UCL / Publishers Association Digital Publishing Forum events which take place at UCL throughout the year. If you want to suggest a topic or a speaker please contact me. 

From January - April 2015 I am Acting Programme Director of the MA in Publishing.


BA, MSc (London), PGCE (TLHPE), FHEA

Office Hours

I am available to see students without appointment during the following times:
Term 1: Tuesdays 13.00-14.00
Term 2: Tuesdays 13.00-14.00
Term 3: by appointment

Contact details

e-mail: n.canty@ucl.ac.uk

UCL extension: 54090

Direct Line: 020 3108 4090020 3108 4090 (non-UK: +44 20 3108 4090)

Office: 119 Foster Court (First floor)

Address correspondence to:

Nick Canty
Department of Information Studies
Foster Court
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT


@nickpublisher @uclpublishing

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