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.