I4P Visiting Professors & Fellows

Tristi Brownett (Canterbury Christ Church University) 

TristiBrownettTristi Brownett, RN, Dip HE, BSc (Hons), SCPHN (OH), PGCert, MSc, FRSPH, FRSA, is an occupational health nurse and public health specialist practitioner. Having worked in a variety of publicly and privately owned settings for the past 21 years, she explores how wellbeing can be achieved and measured. She has recently completed an MSc in Public Health and Health Promotion at Canterbury Christ Church University. Her MSc dissertation focused on the role of a manufacturing organisation in promoting wellbeing in a diverse workforce. She is currently employed at Canterbury Christ Church University where she is a lecturer in Public Health and Health Promotion. She is undertaking research into the role of Urban Arts and Culture Festivals to promote a sense of identity, community and connectedness for wellbeing. Tristi was also a guest author in the recently published photographic book Soviet Ghosts by Rebecca Litchfield.


Dr Tom Bryer (University of Central Florida)

Thomas-BryerDr Bryer is highly published and conducts extensive research in the areas of public participation and collaboration across segments of society, including government, nonprofit, private, faith-based, and voluntary sectors. He has won multiple awards for his research, teaching, and service. In 2015, he was granted a Fulbright Core Scholar award to conduct research in Lithuania from 2015-2017. He is the author or editor of three books: Higher Education beyond Job Creation: Universities, Citizenship, and Community, National Service and Volunteerism: Achieving Impact in Our Communities, and Social Media for Government: Theory and Practice. Research Interests include: Scholarship of teaching and learning; Ethics; Citizen engagement; Collaborative governance.


Rev. Cllr. John Davis (Together Liverpool – Development Officer) 

John-Davis John was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1979 and during his time serving in ministry John started several innovative projects and initiated and led the award winning ‘Crossing at St. Paul’s’ development, a £2.5 Million project to convert a large Grade 2 listed Victorian church building to a multi-use social enterprise.

John was a visiting lecturer in Theology and Public Speaking in Walsall College and in a number of Anglican and Catholic Colleges majoring on Urban Mission and Ecumenism.  He chaired the pioneering community-led Walsall SRB Regeneration Partnership Board, the Business in the Community Neighbourhood Partnership Board, School Governors and was a trustee of Walsall Art Gallery Development Trust. The latter involved the development of a new state of the art £25 Million Gallery housing Jacob Epstein’s art collection in the town.  He was later appointed as Regional Development Manager for the Princes Trust in the West Midlands.  He then moved on to be a senior manager in the NHS in Walsall joining the Teaching Primary Care Trust.

John is a Christian social entrepreneur and project instigator and manager, and a local Councillor in West Lancs, with wide experience across many sectors.  In his current role with Together Liverpool, a partnership between the Church Urban Fund and the Diocese of Liverpool, he has organised conferences and set up joint working with local authorities, service professionals and the voluntary, community and faith sectors to discuss the issues facing the region and bring about practical and positive movements and projects to alleviate poverty and enhance the lives of people across 8 local authority areas.


James Derounian (Gloucestershire University)

James Derounian is a National Teaching Fellow & Principal Lecturer in Community Engagement & Local Governance at Gloucestershire University. James’ teaching, action research & consultancy relate to governance, rural social issues, community planning, public engagement & crimes against humanity.  He has undertaken consultancies for international (e.g. Romanian Historic Monuments’ Commission), national (Carnegie UK Trust, National Association of Local Councils) and local (Oxfordshire Rural Community Council) organisations, and he publishes articles regularly for the Guardian newspaper, on higher education and localism.

James is trained to undertake independent examinations of community-generated Neighbourhood Plans NP across England. James completed the 1st off-mainland NP examination (of Bembridge, Isle of Wight). He took a key role in producing a NP for his hometown of Winchcombe, advised Tysoe (Warwickshire) on drafting their NP, and is advising Alderton Parish Council (Tewkesbury) on its NP.  James has 37 years’ experience of working with (rural) communities across England – for ACRE, Countryside Agency, Society of Local Council Clerks; and has worked as a project officer in Devon & Northumberland, on multi-agency regeneration partnerships.


Nick Ewbank (Nick Ewbank Associates)

Nick EwbankNick Ewbank is one of the UK’s leading authorities on creative urban regeneration. He was the founding Director of the culture, education and regeneration charity The Creative Foundation and, with the philanthropist Roger De Haan CBE, steered the ground-breaking project to revitalise Folkestone from its inception in 2001 until 2010. Prior to his work in Folkestone, Ewbank was the Director of Devon’s leading arts centre, Exeter Phoenix Arts and Media Centre, for seven years. From 1988 to 1994, he was Director of the Old Bull Arts Centre in Barnet, North London, establishing its reputation at the time as one of London’s most innovative arts centres.

Nick founded NEA in 2010 and has led on all its projects. He has developed NEA’s distinctive brand of research-led consultancy, which combines a strong theoretical approach, rooted in social capital theory and the social model of health, with pragmatic, locally-based solutions that often make surprising connections and inspire clients and partners to see new opportunities. He lectures for a number of universities and regularly contributes to conferences and symposia in the UK and abroad. Although he is happy enough to work away from the sea, he has particular penchant for UK’s coastal towns and is passionate about the role that culture and creativity can play in their regeneration as great places to live, work and visit.


Liz Harding (CEO, Youth Focus NW)

liz hardingLiz has worked at Youth Focus NW (formerly the North West Regional Youth Work Unit) since late 2003 and is responsible for the strategic direction and development of the Unit along with the operational management.

Working in a number of youth work organisations over the past 30 years in urban and rural settings and in the statutory and voluntary sectors has given her a broad base of experience.  Retaining a passion for youth work and in particular Youth Voice Liz advocates for it at every opportunity.  As part of her role Liz develops and maintains strong relationships with local providers and regional and national partners.  Liz has worked with a range of cultural and health organisations to both promote good practice of young people’s participation and to develop further the voice and influence of young people on a regional level.  She supports Youthforia, the youth led North West Youth Forum and works with the British Youth Council supporting UKYP and other voice intiatives.  Liz grew up in Dorset, has lived in Manchester for the last 30 years and chairs two community based youth projects in South Manchester.


Professor Carolyn Kagan (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Carolyn-1272-cropCarolyn Kagan works on participative community projects in partnership with local people. She is particularly interested in finding creative ways to evaluate community projects and to facilitate change in human services. Carolyn works on projects in the community, with disabled people and their families and services, and with people living in poverty. Much of her work is action oriented, with projects extending over several years, and she has been involved with the establishment of new forms of community organisation. Carolyn collaborates closely with colleagues working in Latin America and Australia, and sits on the steering groups of a number of community projects. Most recently her work has involved researching arts for health initiatives, HE-community engagement, urban regeneration and the development of intergenerational practice.


Tony McGee (Tony McGee Associates)

tonymcgeeTony has over 30 years’ experience in government, and is highly skilled in policy design and implementation, with an acknowledged ability to translate policy into frontline delivery, most recently as Head of Youth Policy at Government Office for the North West. Now working independently as a consultant, Tony worked in a number of government departments developing and implementing policies and programmes primarily in the fields of education and training, with a particular focus latterly on allying these to support economic and social regeneration in the North West of England. He has wide experience in managing large programmes, inspecting and reviewing performance, and trouble-shooting delivery problems, with a particular interest in the negotiation and contracting of business in the public/social sectors. Tony has also worked extensively with many partners and organisations ranging from local voluntary groups to national bodies – such as Department for Education, Ofsted, C4EO, and Youth Justice Board, on policy development in areas such as Careers Guidance, Youth Work, and developing effective support for young offenders. A long-time advocate of empowering young people, Tony is Chair of Youth Focus NW (formerly the North West Regional Youth Work Unit), is an avid student of history and geopolitics, and a very slow jogger.


Neil McInroy (Centre for Local Economic Strategies)

Neil McInroy Neil has been involved in public sector policy and delivery for over 20 years. Whilst having experience in developing partnerships and innovative policy responses to global, regional and local economic, social and environmental challenges, his particular skills are in local economic and social research, analysis and development; policy practice, research methodologies; facilitation and strategy building. He regularly conducts work across UK and in locations around the world. A leading commentator on economic development and public policy, Neil has featured in Local Government Chronicle’s annual top 50 most influential people in local government. He is chair of the Greater Manchester Poverty Action Group. He is also an Honorary Fellow at the University Of Manchester. Neil became chief executive of CLES in 2003.


Dr Andy Nelson

Andy NelsonAndy has been employed for over thirty years in the school, further, adult and higher education sectors. He also worked as a youth and community worker.

The majority of Andy’s career has been spent with Manchester City Council delivering community education. However, for five years he worked regionally, nationally and internationally on adult basic skills for the Department for Education and Skills. He represented the UK as an expert on education and skills issues with the European Commission and has been employed as an adviser on lifelong learning by the governments of Poland, the Czech Republic and the UK. Finally, for five years Andy worked with the Open University in various roles including as Director of a national Skills and Employer Engagement project and as a Regional Director.

Andy is a qualified youth and community worker with a B.A. in Social Studies, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Econ), an M.A. in Social and Community Work and a PhD which explored models of agency, structure and difference in relation to the delivery of equal opportunities within local government. Research interests include equal opportunities models, devolution in relation to area based delivery of services and adult widening participation within further and higher education.


Professor Jenny Pearce (London School of Economics)

Professor Jenny Pearce researches violence, participation and social change. This interest is rooted in over 40 years of research and action in Latin America, which has focused on struggles for democracy, human rights and social justice. Building on this work, Professor Pearce has come to centre her research on Power, Violence and Participation at the local and global levels. She has been working on issues of violence and security, and pursuing an interest in methodologies for researching violence which work with those who most experience violence and insecurity. She was part of a team with the Observatory of Human Security in Medellin which won an IDRC grant to work on a methodology of ‘Security from Below’ which Jenny developed in collaboration with Alexandra Abello. Jenny’s work on new ways of understanding violence and security in Latin America has led to invitations to address many international conferences, in Latin America and the United States. She was peer reviewer of the UNDP’s 2014 Latin American Regional Report on Citizens Security with a Human Face. The methodology of ‘Security from Below’ has been piloted also in Honduras, and Jenny was the keynote speaker at the final public event in 2014 which communicated the learning from this experiment to a wide audience of decision makers, NGOs, the police and community researchers involved in the project and who presented it. Jenny is a member of the ESRC Peer Review College and is on the editorial board of Conflict, Security and Development. She is currently writing a book on Politics and Violence and is conducting field work on Elites and Violence in Latin America.


Professor Fiona Poland (University of East Anglia)

FionaPAs a sociologist, Fiona’s research and teaching reflects her many years’ experience developing multidisciplinary research on community-based support, especially for older people and particularly those living with dementia and their paid and unpaid carers while living at home, in care homes and other settings. Her research projects and publications explore how and how far community connections and participation may affect access to resources for health and wellbeing. She was twice Chair and is currently Vice Chair of the Association for Research in the Voluntary and Community Sector (ARVAC) and is active within national and regional groups of the NIHR Dementias and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network (DeNDRoN). She has recently been awarded grants totalling £16 million. She has 80 peer-reviewed publications and is journal editor of Quality in Ageing and Older Adults. Her contribution to participative and community-based working was recognised in 2013 by the University of East Anglia’s Individual Award for Engagement.

As a mainly qualitative researcher, I aim to use the power of qualitative research methods such as ethnography and social network analysis, to understand and foster the partnership work involved in managing health and wellbeing concerns as for individuals and communities. I am especially interested in qualitative research relating to structures and resources which can promote action and independence in community settings, involving work with voluntary groups and in relation to care work and rehabilitation, particularly involving older people. This has enabled more recent studies and proposals in: social capital and health; community-based assessment of health needs; volunteer befriending for carers of people with dementia; community based rehabilitation; community support for people with chronic illness; evidence-building in community-based rehabilitation.


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