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University of Stirling


Professor Claire Squires

Professor in Publishing Studies

English Studies Pathfoot B9 University of Stirling Stirling FK9 4LA United Kingdom

Professor Claire Squires

About me

Claire Squires joined Stirling in 2009 as Director of the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication, having previously worked at Oxford Brookes University. Her publishing career includes editorial and publicity roles at Hodder & Stoughton General Trade Division, and freelance and consultancy work for a variety of trade and academic publishers.

She has frequently spoken about her work both in UK and elsewhere including, in recent years, as an invited speaker at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and at the Universities of Perm, Russia, Paris IV (Sorbonne) and Paris X (Paris-Ouest), and the University of Bologna, Italy. She has organised and contributed to public sessions and events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Aye Write!, Oxford Literary Festival, the London Book Fair, the Ljubljana Book Fair, and the Royal Festival Hall, London, and has contributed to media reports on publishing, including for BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 4's Open Book and You and Yours, and for The Scotsman, the FInancial Times, and the Daily Record. From 2009, she has been Director for Publications and Awards for SHARP (the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing). She is a judge for the Saltire Society Literary Awards and the Saltire Society Publisher of the Year Award.

She welcomes research proposals from prospective PhD students in the area of publishing studies and the 20th/21st century book cultures.

Community Contribution

  • Bloody Scotland Committee Member
    DescriptionBloody Scotland is Scotland's International Crime Writing Festival, based in Stirling.
  • Saltire Society Literary Awards Judge; Publisher of the Year Award Judge

Divisional/Faculty Contribution

  • Director of the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication
  • Chair of the Board, AHRC Block Grant Partnership: Capacity Building (with the University of Strathclyde)


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education
  • DPhil in Fiction in the Marketplace: the Literary Novel and the UK Publishing Industry 1990-2000
    Faculty of English Language and Literature
    Type of educationDoctorate
  • MA in Modern Literature: Studies in Fiction
    School of English and American Studies
    Type of educationMaster's degree (Postgraduate)
  • BA (Hons) in English and Related Literature
    Department of English and Related Literature
    Type of educationBachelor's degree


  • MSc in Material Cultures and the History of the Book
    Department of English Literature
  • MLitt in Managing in the Creative Industries
    School of Management

Other academic activities

  • Director of Publications and Awards, Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP)

Supervision of Research Assistants

  • Dr Susan Berridge
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