Staff profile

Dr Jocelyn Hargrave

Lecturer in Publishing

Jocelyn Hargrave


English, Creative Writing and Publishing


College of Arts, Humanities and Education






Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a Lecturer in Publishing and teach in the Creative Writing and Publishing BA and the Publishing MA courses.

I have worked in the educational publishing industry for more than twenty-five years - twenty-three as an editor of print and digital content - for such companies as Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, and Cengage Learning. My editorial motto is "pursue editorial excellence without compromising deadlines and budgets."

At the University of Derby, I am privileged to share my passion for all things editorial and publishing with students.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach the following modules for the BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Publishing:

Modules for the Publishing MA are:

Professional interests

My lifelong professional interest is that of editing. I am particularly interested in how editing as a type of paratextual 'production' is an integral part of the publishing process. This involves how editing not only is executed in practice on the page but also contributes to a publication's reception overall.

Research interests

My research interests intersect publishing studies, literary studies and book history, with a particular focus on editorial theory and practice, contemporary educational publishing, the historical development of publishing technologies, and British and Australian print culture from the late seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries.

Membership of professional bodies

I'm an active member of the APE (Association for Publishing Educators) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am also a member of the following professional bodies:


Recent conferences

I have presented my research on contemporary publishing studies, editorial theory and practice, and book history, such as nineteenth-century Australian print culture, at more than 20 international conferences since 2012, including:

Experience in industry

I have more than twenty-three years of experience working as an editor of print and digital content, either in-house or freelance, for such companies as Oxford University Press, Heinemann, Pearson Education, Macmillan Education and Cambridge University Press; my last in-house position before starting my doctorate was Senior Editor at Cengage Learning in Melbourne, Australia. I was appointed Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Research Quarterly in July 2023.

In 2020–2021, I completed consultancy for various editorial associations in Australia in the form of delivering workshops and presentations:

Additional interests and activities

In January 2023, I was appointed Secretary for the Association for Publishing Education (APE).

In the media

Recent publications


Book chapters

Edited journal issues

Journal articles