Dawn Dobbins

Location: Leighton Buzzard

Membership Grade: Advanced Professional Member

Contact Info

Phone: 01525 382449
Email: dawn@wordwise-indexing.co.uk

Social Links

General Experience

Through my business Wordwise Indexing, I have been offering an indexing and proofreading service to publishers since 2006. My indexing expertise allows me to tackle most subjects, but I have extensive experience in the subject areas of social policy, history, politics and current affairs.

I have been a member of the Society of Indexers since 1994, becoming an Accredited Member  in 2004. I gained Advanced Member status in 2011. I also completed the Book Indexing Postal Tutorials course in 2004.

I served as a member of the Society of Indexers Executive Board from 2013-2016 as Conference Director. I was a member of the Wyboston Lakes Conference team in 2013. I also collaborated with the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) to organize our first joint conference at York University in 2015.

Before working as an indexer, I had 20 years experience of working in business libraries and bookshop management



Social Policy

Using Theory to explore Health, Medicine and Society (Policy Press)
Child poverty, evidence and policy (Policy Press)
Social policy for welfare professionals (Policy Press)
Understanding race and ethnicity (Policy Press)
Supporting people with drug and alcohol problems (Policy Press)
The immigrant war (Policy Press)
Hearing the Voices of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers (Policy Press)
Precarious lives: migrants (Policy Press)
Preventing violence against women and girls (Policy Press)
Emotional politics of child abuse and social work (Policy Press)
The Health Debate (Policy Press)
Coalition Government and Social Policy (Policy Press)
Reconstructing retirement (Policy Press)
Food Crime (Policy Press)

Current Affairs

On the Brink: Lloyds of London (Palgrave Macmillan)
Achieving environmental justice (Policy Press)
Cultural and economy in the Age of Social Media (Routledge)
Economyths (Icon Books)
Governance of Climate Relations (Edward Elgar)
China’s responsibility for climate change (Policy Press)
Can emerging technologies make a difference in development? (Routledge)
Agricultural Policies in US (Routledge)
Routledge – Ocean Policies (Routledge)
Philosophy and politics (Routledge)
Soft spaces in Europe (Routledge)
Animal and Human in Ancient and Modern Thought (Routledge)
Migration 2ed (Routledge)
Sustainable Development Principles (Routledge)
Feminist Philosophy (Routledge)
Routledge Handbook – Contemporary Pakistan (Routledge)
Project Sunshine (Icon Books)


Personal interest – I enjoy knitting, crochet, cross stitch and dressmaking. I am involved with several ‘Knit & Natter’ groups where I live, particularly with my local library.I enjoy visiting craft fairs and exhibitions.

Religious History

The Britannica Guide to The Islamic World (Constable & Robinson)
The Forgotten Gospels (Constable & Robinson)
Qu’ran in Christian-Muslim Dialogue (Routledge)
History, Archaeology and the Bible (Routledge)
Biblical Interpretations (Routledge)
Juvencus’ Four Book of the Gospels (Routledge)
Biblical portraits of exile (Routledge)
Judaism (Routledge)

Sciences (All Areas)

The Britannica Guide to the Brain (Constable & Robinson)
The Britannica Guide to 100 Influential Scientists (Constable & Robinson)
Stargazer (Constable & Robinson)
Routledge Handbook of Biotechnology in SE Asia


Disputing citizenship (Policy Press)
Money and Electoral Policies (Policy Press)
Radical Left Parties in Europe (Routledge)
New Directions in the American Presidency Thinking about Congress (Routledge)
Rethinking power (Routledge)
Screening Protest (Routledge)


Overcoming Series (Constable & Robinson):-
Health Anxiety
Anger and Irritability
Shyness and Social Anxiety
Health Anxiety

Boost Your Confidence (Constable & Robinson)

Information Management

Exploring digital libraries (Facet Publishing)

Personal experience: I worked in various business and academic libraries in London whilst studying for my degree in Library and Information Studies. I worked for 8 years as a Senior Information Officer at Pricewaterhouse Coopers.


Guide to Nord-Pas de Calais (Bradt Guides)
The Britannica Guide to India (Constable & Robinson)

Life Skills

Correct Form (Debretts)
Guide for the Modern Gentleman (Debretts)

History (All Areas)

The Britannica Guide to 100 Influential Americans (Constable & Robinson)
A Brief History of the Knights Templar (Constable & Robinson)
A Brief History of the Samurai (Constable & Robinson)
Doing history (Routledge)
Transition to Democracy in Hungary (Routledge)
Viking Transformations (Routledge)
Security in Roman Times (Routledge)
The Swahili World (Routledge)

Personal interest – I am a member of the Leighton Buzzard and District Archaeological and Historical Society (LBDAHS)

Education (All Areas)

Providing a Sure Start (Policy Press)
Lifelong learning in Europe (Policy Press)
A short guide to working with children and young people (Policy Press)
Storytelling and Imagination (Routledge)
Planning Appropriate Curriculum for Early Years (Routledge)
Academic Bildung in Net-based Higher Education (Routledge)
Educational Psychology (Routledge)
Education for Sustainability in Japan (Routledge)


Risk and Securitization in Japan (Routledge)
Commodity Risk Management (Routledge)
Corporate Governance (Cambridge University Press)
Segmentation, revenue management and pricing analytics (Taylor & Francis)
What is Neoclassical Economics (Routledge)
Routledge Companion to Geography of Int. Business

Related qualifications

BA ( Hons) Library and Information Studies

Other skills

People of Today (Debretts)
Correct Form (Debretts)
Guide for the Modern Gentleman (Debretts)
Childcare markets (Policy Press)

Recent indexes include

Alexa Robertson (ed.), Screening Protest, Routledge, 2018
Kim Potowski, The Routledge Handbook of Spanish as a Heritage Language (Routledge Language Handbooks), Routledge, 2018
Gary Cook (ed.), Routledge Companion to the Geography of International Business (Routledge Companions in Business, Management and Accounting) , Routledge, 2018
Pamela Buxton, Metric Handbook: Planning and Design Data, Routledge, 2018
Cecilia Ricci, Security in Roman Times: Rome, Italy and the Emperors, Routledge, 2017

Clients Include

Policy Press (University of Bristol)
Cambridge University Press
Constable & Robinson
Icon Books
New Holland
Swales & Willis (Taylor & Francis/Routledge)
Edward Elgar
Palgrave MacMillan
Facet Publishing

Special Publication Type

Newspapers And Magazines

For 15 years I indexed, edited and proofread articles in major trade and industry journals for entry into online commercial databases. The work involved using US SIC codes and in-house subject headings.

Archival Materials

I was involved with the digitization project in the archives, cataloguing and indexing decoded and intercepted messages and ‘The Index’.