Katharine Reeve

Katharine Reeve


Personal statement

Katharine is Subject Leader for Publishing at Bath Spa, having successfully developed the subject over the last eight years across a degree programme and into a range of subject areas. She is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Katharine is an award-winning nonfiction writer with over 15 years industry experience at senior level in international nonfiction, illustrated and academic book publishing, specialising in art, design and architecture, history and cultural history.

Previously Editorial Director and Senior Commissioning Editor for History and Visual Arts at Oxford University Press, she has worked with well-known and first-time authors, shaping ideas and research into manuscripts which – together with carefully-chosen images and engaging design – offer the reader intelligent and challenging, yet accessible, books.

Curriculum development

Katharine has over fifteen years experience at MA, BA, and FD level of innovative, creative course design and teaching at Bath Spa University and Plymouth University.

She designed the Publishing Course at Bath Spa as the first studio-based digital-creative publishing course in the UK, with industry project work and specialist technical support throughout the three years of the BA. Other courses in BA Journalism and Publishing, MA Children's Publising build on our expertise in delivering industry informed, innovative learning and graduate employability. Our students are in demand and have been recruited into a wide range of print and digital publishing, and related roles across the UK.

Katharine has developed many modules such as Create Lab, The Commissioning Editor, Digital Social Enterprise, Food Writing and Editing. Katharine set up Bath Spa University's student magazine, MILK, now managed by Caroline Harris and run each year by a new team of year 3 Publishing students. 

She is Director of the highly-successful Social Media Experiment which evolved out of an industry collaboration with X Media Lab, the international digital creativity think-tank and has been running for six years. This gives students a unique opportunity to work with leading, international experts in the field of digital entertainment, creating content across social media platforms. The Experiment has been commissioned for many events such as Bath Digital Festival (3 years), and TEDxYouth Bath November (3 years), TEDxBristol (2 years), and the BBC to work with their social media team on the Children's Global Media Summit. 

Katharine is actively involved in the local community as a Director of Bath Bridge, a multi-sector consultancy; and was consultation lead/author of the 2015–20 Cultural and Creative Strategy for Bath and North-East Somerset Council; she has worked as part of the development team on Forest of Imagination (2014–); and ‘House of Imagination’ (2015–).

Modules designed:

Year 1:

  • Create Lab: Future Producers
  • Digital Natives (open module)
  • Editorial: Copywriting and editing.

Year 2:

  • Digital Social Enterprise
  • Editorial: New Product Development
  • Contemporary Publishing: The Business of Publishing
  • Science Journalism and Publishing.

Year 3:

  • Digital Publishing
  • The Commissioning Editor
  • Professional Writing
  • Food Writing and Editing
  • Literary Journal
  • Science Publishing Project
  • Digital Content Strategy


  • Jane Austen: Novels, Life, Afterlife (MA - Jane Austen's World)
  • Storyworlds: Making Digital Narratives (MA Creative Writing)
  • Multiplatform Publishing.

Academic qualifications

  • BA(Hons) - Manchester Metropolitan University

Professional memberships

  • Fellow - Royal Society of Arts
  • Director and Founding member - Bath Bridge (2012 –)
  • Executive Committee member - APE (Association of Publishers in Education)
  • Director - Craneworks, a Bath-based STEAM development project (2013–2016).

Teaching specialisms

  • Creative industries: Publishing (e.g. business and editorial strategy, commissioning and list development, audience and amplification), nonfiction writing (e.g. visual arts, history, food), multiplatform multimedia digital content development, social media creative content.

External examiners

External Examiner MA Publishing, University of Plymouth (2018–)

External degree course validation:

  • University of Plymouth - BA (Hons) English Literature and Publishing
  • UCLAN - MA Self Publishing
  • UCA – various BA (Hons) courses across digital media, creative writing.

Other external roles

  • Management Board Member, Wunderkammer Press, Bath School of Art and Design
  • Director, Bath Bridge an independent city-wide consultancy which supports and initiates place-based, economic and social projects
  • Organising committee for Forest of Imagination arts festival (2014/ 2015 (7000 visitors) /2016 (10,000 visitors)/ 2017)
  • Project Lead: new Cultural and Creative Strategy for Bath and North East Somerset (BandNES) (2014–15); Author of strategy document (2015); public presentations of the strategy.
  • Development role: House of Imagination a new creative space for children and young people in Bath
  • Member of Bath City Identity working party (2012-13), developed the narrative element of our (successful) proposal
  • Director and Core Team member, Craneworks: Centre for Invention
  • Creative Skillset Assessor
  • Editorial consultant (print/digital; history,art,science,food): HarperCollins, Quercus
  • Consultancy work (editorial, strategy, social media, training): HarperCollins, Quercus, National Gallery, Dutch Literature Foundation, Le Monde diplomatique, Bath Film Festival, X Media Lab Digital Think-Tank, Watershed, various digital agencies and SW universities, English Heritage, Arts Council
  • Member of Bath Digital Festival team 
  • Reader for academic publishers.

Recent professional updating

  • University Finance, Aurora, 2017
  • Kaos Pilot Masterclass: The Art and Craft of Designing Learning Spaces 2015
  • Leadership Foundation Head of Department course 2013.


  • The Role of the Editor: Publisher Perspectives (UCL Press, 2018). 
  • AHRC/BL 'Future of the Academic Book - Research report: The Role of the Editor' (2016-17)
  • Award-winning nonfiction writer: 'Rough Guide to Food' won the 2010 Guild of Food Writers Award for Investigative Writing against a shortlist which included The Observer and Radio 4. Katharine has written on this subject for the national press (BBC, Times) and taken part in online debates; she also writes for Times Higher Education, Futurebook the publishing industry digital publication and produces video interviews.

Current research:

  • Multiplatform publishing and digital storytelling (e.g. University of Parma art and design digital book series; Social Media Experiment)
  • Commissioning Editor of the Future
  • Working on new book: 18th-century literary culture and biography

Students are often involved in this research and it feeds directly into course development in the form of specialist modules such as Level 6: 'The Commissioning Editor',  'Digital Content Strategy', and MA module 'Multiplatform Publishing'.

Research and academic outputs

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