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BERA–Emerald book series: First four books announced and call for proposals

Updated: 6 March 2024

We are delighted that BERA is working in partnership with Emerald Publishing to launch a new series of books, titled The BERA Guides: Critical insights into educational research & practice. Aimed at researchers, postgraduate students and practitioners, the series will publish short, research-informed and accessible introductions to key interdisciplinary topics impacting educational research and practice.

Books in the series will offer a summary of the research on a particular topic, charting how scholarly thought and practice on the issue has evolved over time, and offer key takeaways and suggestions for educational research and practice. Viewed as research and practice ‘primers’ on each topic, the guides will be relevant to a broad academic audience, including early career and established researchers, postgraduate students, as well as practitioners where appropriate. The books will draw on international literature to provide a true synthesis of the scholarly literature.

Written in shortform and in an accessible and readable style, the series will aim to keep up with emerging trends, concerns and discussions within the education research and practice communities.

Four books are contracted and we look forward to publishing them:

  • The BERA Guide to Mental Health and Wellbeing
    Michelle Jayman, Jonathan Glazzard, Anthea Rose & Aimee Quickfall (publishing August 2024)
  • The BERA Guide to Decolonising the Curriculum
    Marlon Moncrieffe, Anna Olsson Rost, Marlies Kustatscher & Omolabake Fakunle (publishing October 2024)
  • The BERA Guide to Learning Outside the Classroom
    Lucy Sors & Ruth Unsworth
    (publishing spring 2025)
  • The BERA Guide to Education for Environmental Sustainability
    Elizabeth Rushton & Lynda Dunlop (publishing autumn 2025)

Further proposals are also under consideration.

We are now seeking to commission books in the following target topic areas and invite expressions of interest from potential authors for these titles:

  • digital education & artificial intelligence
  • leadership for educational change
  • inclusive education.

If you are interested in writing for the series, particularly in the above three topic areas, please contact Kirsty Woods, Commissioning Editor at Emerald Publishing,, to discuss this opportunity further.