Information Studies


Melanie Ramdarshan Bold


I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information Studies at University College London, where I teach and research topics related to Publishing and Book Cultures. I joined UCL's DIS and the Centre for Publishing in September 2014. Prior to my appointment at UCL, I was a Lecturer in Publishing at Loughborough University, where I taught on a range of the core publishing modules on the Publishing and English undergraduate programme. I teach on the Publishing MA programme on the following modules: Publishing Contexts (Term One), Author Management (Term One), Theories of the Book (Term Two), and Children's Publishing (Term Two).

My main research interest centres around the changing nature of authorship with a focus on: digital developments in writing, publishing and reading; small presses and alternative publishing; and copyright. I am currently working on a monograph which explores diversity in young adult fiction, which will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2018. I am also involved in a number of collaborative research projects including an international, research project with Dr Corinna Norrick-Ruehl (Mainz University). This project investigates 'The Intercultural Transfer of Fiction between the UK and Germany, 1945-2010': the findings of this project have been presented at a variety of conference - including the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP) conference at University of Pennsylvania - and published in journals such as LOGOS and Publishing Research Quarterly. Other projects include two different studies of regional, small press publishing - funded by The Foundation for Canadian Studies and by a Scouloudi Historical Award - and, in collaboration with the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS), a review of rights ownership and remuneration for freelance journalists. Preliminary findings can be found here: A Free For All

I have also co-authored a Publishing Studies textbook ' The Publishing Business: A Guide to Starting Out and Getting on', which will be published by Bloomsbury in 2018.

I welcome informal enquiries from prospective research students interested in Publishing and Book Studies related topics.

Contact Details
Email: m.bold@ucl.ac.uk
UCL extension: 51528
Direct Line: 020 (non-UK: +44 20 3108 1528 )
Fax: 020 3108 1528 (non-UK: +44 20 3108 1528)
Twitter: @ILoveCopyright
Office: Ground Floor, Foster Court

Address correspondence to:
Dr Melanie Ramdarshan Bold
Department of Information Studies
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT