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Bluestocking Academic Editing is owned and operated by Claire Nettle, PhD AE. Claire personally manages all work at Bluestocking Academic Editing, drawing on a network of professional editors and proofreaders.

Claire is a PhD qualified, IPEd Accredited academic editor with a particular focus on the social sciences.

Claire provides highly praised substantive and copy editing for universities, publishers, government bodies and individual authors. She has worked on books, theses, journal articles, funding applications and research reports for specialist and general audiences.


Claire has lectured at all three major universities in South Australia and maintains close ties with the academic world. She continues to provide peer-review in her field and regularly examines theses. Claire’s own writing has been published in books, academic journals, magazines and reports. Her most recent book, Community Gardening as Social Action, was published by Routledge in 2016. She is currently an honorary research fellow in the Climate and Sustainability Policy Research Group at Flinders University, and Director of Communications and Research at Dulwich Centre Foundation.

Claire’s undergraduate degree included studies in geography, social policy, environmental management, linguistics and media. Her Master’s degree in social ecology developed her knowledge of ecological systems, community and organisational development, social research and adult education. Claire’s doctoral thesis addressed political and sociological theory, public health and agrifood systems using ethnographic methods.

Outside academia, Claire has worked in community development, public health, communications, project management and environmental design.

As an IPEd Accredited Editor, Claire has demonstrated her professional competence and understanding of editing standards, skills and knowledge by passing the rigorous IPEd accreditation exam.