Dr Izabella Penier

Associate Lecturer in Publishing

Personal Profile

Currently, she works as a researcher for the COPIM project. COPIM (Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs) is an international partnership of researchers, universities, librarians, open access book publishers and infrastructure providers. It is building community-owned, open systems and infrastructures for publishing OA monographs. The project is divided into seven work packages ranging from the technical (building open-source, community-based infrastructures that support the publication and dissemination of OA books), through to advocacy and knowledge sharing activities (establishing and consolidating partnerships between HE institutions and OA book publishers).

Postgraduate Teaching

  • Management of Journals (Tutor)
  • Dissertation (Supervisor)


Izabella holds a PhD in literary and cultural studies; she tutors part-time on the MA Publishing via distance learning programme and is also a graduate of the MA Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University. 

Her publishing background includes working as a Managing Editor for De Gruyter, where her task was to launch a journal in cultural studies

Recipient of several Fellowships: at JFK Institute, Freie Universität Berlin and Samantha Smith Memorial Exchange Program, University of Pittsburgh, USA, Marie Curie-Sklodowska Fellowship (European Union’s Horizon 2020).


Managing Editor, Open Cultural Studies, De Gruyter (2017 - 2018)

Books and other publications

Izabella has published 2 monographs, 2 textbooks, and more than 30 articles and book chapters. She has also edited and co-edited several books. Her recent book Culture-bearing Women: The Black Women Renaissance and Cultural Nationalism was published Open Access.