Ayesha Chari

Advanced Professional Member
Location Kent, UK (working remotely for clients worldwide)
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Website Ayesha Chari | Independent Editor
ALLi Partner Member of The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi)
ACES Full Member of ACES: The Society for Editing


  • Content editing
  • Copyediting
  • English-language editing
  • Line editing
  • Rewriting / substantive editing
  • On-screen editing and proofreading
  • Research
  • Referencing


Academic (general), biology, business/business studies, developmental studies, earth sciences, country/area studies (India, developing countries, Southeast Asia, South Asia), economics, education (biomedical, general), English literature (literature in translation, world literature), environment/energy, geography (sustainable development), life sciences (anthropology), non-fiction (general), social sciences/studies (culture studies, gender, identity, performance, sociology), tourism/travel (India), transport (policy and planning)

Media and tech

Journal articles, conference proceedings, monographs, multi-author book chapters, reports, working papers and other short pieces

Edit primarily in MS Word (with track changes). Competent in using Adobe Acrobat Pro, Google Docs, MS Office, QuarkXPress; familiar with macOS and Microsoft Windows

Clients (partial)

University of Salford (UK); Ideas on Fire (US); Kognity (Sweden); London School of Economics (UK); The Language Editor (UK); SLG Press (Oxford); Menard Press (UK); Oxford University Press (UK); Seagull Books Pvt Ltd (India); SR Nova–Techset (India); Sunrise Setting Ltd (UK); international research organisations and independent academics (global)

Writings, interview, etc.

'Wherever you go, there you are: Not-so-new learnings from parenting and editing' (CIEP blog, 10 February 2023)

'Making choices: Mindfulness in difficult times' (ICF blog, 20 May 2021)

'Editing tests, clients and the editor' (CIEP blog, 10 March 2021)

'Of Indian Englishes, eating heads and doing the needful' (CIEP blog, 16 September 2020) 

Outside the Book interview (6 October 2020)

Select training, CPD, professional affiliations

Courses from the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP)

  • Plain English for Editors (2021)

Courses from the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), now CIEP

  • Web Editing (2018)
  • Efficient Editing (2017)
  • Copy-editing 2: Progress (2014)

Courses from the Oxford Publishing Group

  • Rewriting and substantive editing (co-organised with Oxford Brookes University) (2016)
  • Project management (co-organised with SfEP) (2015)

Continuing professional development

  • Attended ACES annual conferences (2021–2023)
  • Attended annual CIEP conferences (2022; virtual: 2020, 2021, 2023)
  • Attended annual SfEP conferences (2015, 2017, 2019)
  • Led session on STM editing at annual SfEP conference in 2016

Professional affiliations

  • CIEP Advanced Professional Member (active)
  • ACES: The Society for Editing, Full Member (active)
  • ALLi Partner Member (active)


Independent editor since 2013 (previously self-employed 2011–12); editor (trade, academic, fiction & non-fiction – humanities and social sciences), Seagull Books Pvt Ltd, Calcutta, India, 2006–11 and 2013; assistant editor (copy-editing – STM journals, particularly bio-medical), Macmillan India Ltd, 2004–06


MA Education (special education & educational management), BA Education (subsidiary subjects: English, history, environmental science)


Ayesha Chari acted as copyeditor for [the IPGRC] conference proceedings that encompassed 19 papers written mostly by non-native English speakers. As editor of the proceedings, I highly recommend her as she is an excellent copyeditor. The quality of her work was thorough, her organisation exceptional and her communication with authors and my team and I was clear and precise. It was a pleasure working with her and I am planning to engage her again in the future.

Dr Tanja Poppelreuter, Director of Postgraduate Research Studies, School of Science, Engineering and Environment, University of Salford, Manchester, UK

(Project completed in April 2023.)