Staff profile

Dr David Barker

Senior Lecturer in Publishing

David Barker


English, Creative Writing and Publishing


College of Arts, Humanities and Education




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am Senior Lecturer in Publishing and the Programme Leader for MA Publishing. Prior to joining the University of Derby in 2017 I worked in publishing for 21 years in both London and New York.
I am interested in all aspects of Publishing as an academic discipline and I'm always happy to talk to students about any aspects of the industry - from academic publishing to children's books, and from literary agents to career advice. 

Teaching responsibilities

I teach a range of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including:


Writing and Publishing Non-fiction

Writing and Publishing for Children and Young Adults

The Publishing Profession

The Written World in the 21st Century

Skills for Modern Publishing

Research interests

I have a wide range of research interests, particularly around how publishing companies might better try to engage with adults who feel ignored by the culture of reading and writing. 

Membership of professional bodies

I'm an active member of the APE (Association for Publishing Educators). 


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.