Rohan Bolton, BA, FRGS


Membership Grade: Fellow

Contact Info

Phone: 01494 766896
Mobile: 07985 086107

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General Experience

Indexing since 2005. Achieved Fellowship status in 2011. Fifteen years as a professional librarian, including European Parliament and House of Commons libraries. Freelance researcher into EU and UK politics for ten years. Active member within the Society of Indexers and, until 2012, long standing member of the European Information Association. Family connections give me a strong interest in Africa, Central America and Spain.


European Union

Good knowledge based on career on European Desk of House of Commons library and European Parliament information office. Many books indexed on the EU institutions and other topics such as New Labour in Europe.


Life-long interest. Recent topics include Boko Haram, the Ebola epidemic, Uganda, Horn of Africa and Ethiopia. I recently indexed the 3rd edition of John Iliffe’s Africa: the history of a continent (CUP).

Current Affairs

Good general knowledge, both national and international. Recent indexes include: The Vatican in the family of nations … at the UN and other international organisations and Gaza under Hamas: from Islamic democracy to Islamist governance.


Many indexes completed on America, UK, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

International Relations

A range of titles on China, Palestine, the Arab Spring, the Middle East and Africa.


Recent indexes include: Cooperatives confront capitalism: challenging the neoliberal economy by Peter Ranis (Zed Books) and Poverty and inequality in middle income countries edited by Gemma Wright et al (Zed Books).

Modern History

A wide range including the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Syrian conflict, Arab spring and Putin’s Russia.

Development Studies

Recent examples include: Rumy Hasan, Religion and development in the global south. Palgrave, 2017 and Andrew Brooks, The end of development: a global history of poverty and development. Zed Books, 2017.


I speak French and have traveled extensively in France, including Strasbourg as part of my career with the European Parliament.


Good knowledge of Spain, speak reasonable Spanish and had a villa in Murcia, Spain for ten years.

Middle East

A number of indexes in this region on, for example, Jordan, Syria, Palestine and the Euphrates basin.

LGBT Studies

I have indexed a few books in this area for Zed Books, most recently the second edition of Mimi Marinucci’s Feminism is Queer.

Related qualifications

B.A. Librarianship

Other skills

Recent indexes include

Robertson, David Brian, Federalism and the making of America. 2nd ed, Routledge, 2017
Upham, John, Britain explained: understanding British identity, John Harper, 2017
Owen, David, Cabinet’s finest hour: the hidden agenda of May 1940, Haus Publishing, 2016

Clients Include

CUP (Cambridge University Press)
Zed Books
I.B. Tauris
International African Institute (SOAS)
Haus Publishing
John Harper
Bradt Travel Guides

Special Publication Type

Travel Guides

Many for Dorling Kindersley, Bradt Travel Guides and Meru Publishing.


Mainly politics, EU and international relations for Zed Books, I.B. Tauris, OUP and CUP.