Paul Bunyan

Educated at St Martin’s College, Lancaster, and the Open University. Completed courses in Religious Studies Education, Youth and Community Work, Church and Community Development, and Development Management. Sixteen years in various development roles in the voluntary and community sector in East London and the statutory sector in Cumbria. Between 1996 and 2003 helped to establish and develop ‘The East London Communities Organisation’ (TELCO), forerunner to ‘London Citizens’, now the largest citizen-based organisation in the United Kingdom campaigning for social justice on a multi-issue agenda. Moved into Higher Education in 2007 working at Universities of Cumbria and Glasgow before joining Edge Hill in September 2010. External examiner for youth and community development programmes at Bradford College University.


  • BEd (Hons) Religious Studies and Youth & Community Work, Lancaster, 1990
  • Diploma in Church and Community Development, Roehampton Institute, 1993
  • MSc Development Management, Open University, 2008


  • SPY 2031: Work-based Learning and Employability
  • SPY 2038: Youth in Context: Transition, Risk and Culture
  • SPY3031: Dissertation
  • SPY3036: Critical Youth Studies: Practice, Context and Policy
  • SPY3040: Broken Britain: Class, Culture and Crisis in Late Modernity


  • The Impact of Neo-liberalism upon the Third Sector.
  • Community Organizing in the United Kingdom.
  • The Theory of Civil Society.


Bunyan, P. (2012) Partnership, the Big Society and community organizing: between romanticizing, problematizing and politicizing community, Community Development Journal, first published online April 27, 2012.

Bunyan, P. & Ord, J. (2011) ‘The neo-liberal policy context of youth work management’, chapter in Critical Issues in Youth Work Management, Routledge: London.

Bunyan, P. (2011), Book review of ‘Contesting Community: The Limits and Potential of Local Organizing’ by James DeFilippis, Robert Fisher and Eric Shragge, Community Development Journal (2011) 46(4): 587-590.

Broad-based organizing in the UK: reasserting the centrality of political activity in community development Community Development Journal (2010) 45(1): 111-127 first published online October 24, 2008.

Clough, J., Boyd, P., Bunyan, P., Houghton, S. & Waters, A. (2009) Teacher Supply in Cumbria: The Contribution of Teacher Education, Carlisle: University of Cumbria.