Teaching Responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Community Studies


Prior to joining the university I spent several years working in the civil service and then as a training manager delivering a range of government-funded programmes.

During this time I studied part-time and gained a BA in History, an MA in Politics and Contemporary History, and a Certificate in Education.

My academic interests cover a wide range of community-related issues, I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and currently serve as a member on the Faculty of Wellbeing and Social Sciences Academic Quality Committee.

My research interests – both topics and supervision – include social policy, localism and community; politics, ideology and theory; housing and regeneration issues; and the social and community aspects of leisure and sport.

Recent Publications

Seacombe, G. (2012) The Archer Street Boys: An examination of class, ethnicity and social capital amongst musicians, and their contribution to the economy of the London jazz and dance band scene in the inter-war period. In Snape, R. Pussard, H. Constantine, M. eds Recording leisure Lives: Everyday Leisure in 20th Century Britain, Eastbourne: Leisure Studies association

Recent Conference Papers

April 2011 – Community and Social Capital amongst Jazz and dance Band Musicians in London in Inter-War Britain, Leisure Studies Association Annual Conference, Bolton Museum and Archive Service

April 2008 – Bridging Social Capital in an Ethnic Minority community in Blackburn (with Chrissie Hepworth), University of Bolton, School of Health and Social Sciences, Research Seminar

July 2005 – Post-Fordism and Lifelong Learning, Journal of Vocational Education and Training International Conference, Harris Manchester College, Oxford University