Faculty of Health & Wellbeing
Community & Youth Work
“At the University of Bolton, we take great pride in providing a quality, supportive learning environment for our students.”
Professor George E Holmes DL | President & Vice Chancellor
“...tutors are very supportive and you’re not just a student ID number, at this university you are an individual with a name.”
Ellisse Vernon | BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing
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As a Human Geographer, I have a particular interest in understanding the way in which 'people' and 'place' interact with one another. Currently, I lecture across two undergraduate programmes‚ (BA) Community Development and Youth Work, (HND) Health and Social Care and I also teach on the ‘Community Development and Youth Studies’ MA programme here at the University of Bolton. This allows me to share my knowledge, research and passion about the changing political, social and economic environments in which we live and the subsequent impacts upon the development of our communities.
My current research interests and activities are based upon my PhD thesis, ‘Urban Renewal and the Just City: The potentiality of a co-operative Manchester city-region’. This study is concerned with the issue of social justice, through renewal and regeneration strategies within the context of the city. Set within a broader politico-economic context of the move to devolution and the backdrop of austerity the claim to originality in this work is done through interrogating and adapting Susan Fainsteins notion of the ‘Just City’, to position co-operative working as central to an understanding of how social justice might be better promoted and realised in the Manchester City Region. More specifically my work claims that co-operative working is central to an understanding of the mechanisms and processes of how the ‘Just City’ might be brought about.
Emergent debates from my work that align with my research interests are cross sector relationships within an urban context, power and politics, leadership and management within complex urban settings, economic and social diversity, participation and engagement, democratic processes and co-operative working (the resilience of communities to find new ways of working in the face of recession and austerity).
Responsibilities at the university include placement co-ordination, dissertation supervisions, fieldtrip co-ordination, link tutoring, external examining and I am also involved in the School of Health and Wellbeing research group. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), a member of the Regional Studies Association (RSA) and I hold post-graduate qualifications in research and teaching. I also sit on an Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) steering group with other stakeholders and representative bodies in Bolton and I currently volunteer at a primary school in Bury.