I have recently retired from Manchester Metropolitan University where I was most recently the Director of the Research Institute for Health and Social Change. I now hold an Professor Emerita post at MMU and a visiting Profesorship at Edge Hill University.
My interests are in social change with and from the perspective of those who are socially marginalised. In particular I am concerned with sustainable communities - the changes needed for social justice, ecological saftey and human flourishing. I have been invovled with widening the university-community engagement work for many years. I have supported a wide portfolio of research projects, many of them in partnership with the voluntary sector, exposing what life is like for people living in marginalised areas and precarious lives, and attempting to inform and influence public policy. My particular interests lie in participative work around action and particpatory action research frameworks, and I have links with people doing similar work in lots of countries around the world.
I am a community activist struggling like many to weave a way through the paradoxes and contradictions of ideologically driven policies that both enable and disable community groups. I am Director of Just Psychology CIC (www.justpsychology.co.uk), From Generation to Generation (http://www.fromgenerationtogeneration.org) and Friends of Hough End Hall (www.houghendhall.org). I am a trustee of the Richard Benmjamin Trust (www.richardbenjamintrust.co.uk). I am a member of Steady State Manchester (https://steadystatemanchester.net )
To learn, inspire and stimulate critical thought supporting strong progressive values so that we can all work towards a better world and a sustainable future.
I will share my expertise with your expertise so that we can learn together. I will use experiential learning methods wherever possible.
BSc Psychology (London Ext) North East London Polytechnic
D.Phil Social Psycholology Wolfosn College, University of Oxford
DASS (CQSW) University of Liverpool
BPS statement of Equivalence Counselling Psychology (HPSC Registered Counselling Psychologist)
1976-2002 Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Princiapal Lecturer, Acting Head of Department of Psychology, Manchester Polytechnic/Metropolitan University (MMU)
1987-1996 Half Time Member, North West Dvelopment Team
2002-2012 Director, Research Institute for Health and Social Change, MMU
Community psychology enables you to combine understanding of people and their interactions with the contexts in which they live. You will get to work in collaboration with interesting people and undertake research that questions the status quo and improves the social conditions in which people live. You will discover a branch of psychology that is underpinned by clear values and methods that are participatory and sometimes liberatory. You will encounter people from all over the world who share a passion for social change.
I no longer teach, but in the past have taught societal psychology, community psychology, counselling psychology and social psychology
I teach comunity or counselling psychology, mostly for continuing professional development students indifferent countries
I have supervised approximately 30 doctoral students and continue to support students who are completing their community psychological research. I am happy to discuss any research issues with students or staff.
I have wide experience of external examining both taught undergraduate and taught courses as well as postgraduate or professional doctorate theses.
C. Kagan, M. Burton, P. Duckett, A. Siddiquee, R. Lawthom (2019). Critical Community Psychology Critical Action and Social Change.
C. Kagan, J. Diamond (2019). University–Community Relations in the UK Engaging Universities. Palgrave Macmillan.
S. Lewis, K. Niven (2017). Making a Difference with Psychology. C. Kagan. Richard Benjamin Trust.
C. Kagan, M. Burton, P. Duckett, R. Lawthom, A. Siddiquee (2011). Critical Community Psychology. Wiley-Blackwell.
C. Kagan, J. Evans (1995). Professional Interpersonal Skills for Nurses. CRC Press.
M. Burton, C. Kagan, P. Clements (1995). Social Skills for People With Learning Disabilities. Nelson Thornes.
C. Kagan, J. Evans, B. Kay (1986). A Manual of Interpersonal Skills for Nurses.
C. Kagan (1985). Interpersonal Skills in Nursing. Routledge Kegan & Paul.
M. Burton, C. Kagan, F. Vergunst (2019). Investing ethically. The Psychologist. 31(1), pp.5-5.
MH. Burton, C. Kagan (2017). A call to divest from fossil fuels. Psychologist. 30(9), pp.3-3.
R. Lawthom, C. Kagan, M. Burton, S. Lo, L. Mok, et al. (2017). Partnership working as liberation psychology: Forced labor among UK Chinese migrant workers. J Prev Interv Community. 45(1), pp.7-18.
R. Swindells, R. Lawthom, C. Parkinson, O. Clennon, C. Kagan, et al. (2016). ‘I’m not a therapist you know... I’m an artist’: Facilitating well-being and basic psychological needs satisfaction through community arts participation. Journal of Applied Arts & Health. 7(3), pp.347-367.
J. Fisher, R. Lawthom, C. Kagan (2016). Delivering on the Big Society? Tensions in hosting community organisers. Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit. 31(4), pp.502-517.
R. Lawthom, C. Kagan (2016). Feminist composite narratives of Chinese women: the interrelation of work, family and community in forced labour situations. Community, Work & Family. 19(2), pp.181-192.
OD. Clennon, C. Kagan, R. Lawthom, R. Swindells (2016). Participation in community arts: lessons from the inner-city. International Journal of Inclusive Education. 20(3), pp.331-346.
CM. Kagan, MH. Burton, (2016). Theory and practice for a critical community psychology in the UK. Psicología, Conocimiento y Sociedad. 5(2), pp.182-205.
M. Burton, C. Kagan (2015). Fossil fuel divestment and the BPS. PSYCHOLOGIST. 28(10), pp.786-786.
JC. Fisher, R. Lawthom, C. Kagan (2014). Revolting talks of migrant workers and community organisers – a UK Community Psychology perspective. Australian Community Psychologist.
CM. Kagan, MH. Burton (2014). Cuture, Identity and alternatives to the consumer culture. Educar em Revista. pp.75-89.
R. Lawthom, C. Kagan, S. Baines, S. Lo, S. Sham, et al. (2013). Experiences of forced labour amongst Chinese migrant workers: Exploring the context of vulnerability and protection. International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion. 5(3), pp.261-280.
R. Swindells, R. Lawthom, K. Rowley, A. Siddiquee, A. Kilroy, et al. (2013). Eudaimonic well-being and community arts participation. Perspect Public Health. 133(1), pp.60-65.
L. Gallo-Lopez (2012). Play-Based Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. pp.346-360.
P. Duckett, C. Kagan, J. Sixsmith (2010). Consultation and participation with children in healthy schools: choice, conflict and context. Am J Community Psychol. 46(1-2), pp.167-178.
P. Duckett, C. Kagan, J. Sixsmith (2010). Consultation and participation with children in healthy schools: Choice, conflict and context. American Journal of Community Psychology. 46(1), pp.167-178.
C. Kagan, S. Lewis (2010). Editorial. Community, Work & Family. 13(1), pp.1-3.
JC. Suárez-Herrera, J. Springett, C. Kagan (2009). Critical connections between participatory evaluation, organizational learning and intentional change in pluralistic organizations. Evaluation. 15(3), pp.321-342.
JC. Suárez-Herrera, J. Springett, C. Kagan (2009). Critical Connections between Participatory Evaluation, Organizational Learning and Intentional Change in Pluralistic Organizations. Evaluation. 15(3), pp.321-342.
P. Duckett, J. Sixsmith, C. Kagan (2008). Researching pupil well-being in Uk secondary schools: Community psychology and the politics of research. Childhood. 15(1), pp.89-106.
A. Boyd, T. Geerling, WJ. Gregory, C. Kagan, G. Midgley, et al. (2007). Systemic evaluation: A participative, multi-method approach. Journal of the Operational Research Society. 58(10), pp.1306-1320.
M. Burton, C. Kagan (2007). Psychologists and torture: More than a question of interrogation. Psychologist. 20(8), pp.484-487.
S. Caton, C. Kagan (2007). Comparing transition expectations of young people with moderate learning disabilities with other vulnerable youth and with their non-disabled counterparts. Disability and Society. 22(5), pp.473-488.
R. Lawthom, J. Sixsmith, C. Kagan (2007). Interrogating power: The case of arts and mental health in community projects. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology. 17(4), pp.268-279.
C. Kagan (2007). Interpersonal skills and reflection in regeneration practice. Public Money and Management. 27(3), pp.169-174.
C. Kagan (2007). Working at the 'edge': Making use of psychological resources through collaboration. Psychologist. 20(4), pp.224-227.
S. Caton, C. Kagan (2006). Tracking post-school destinations of young people with mild intellectual disabilities: The problem of attrition. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. 19(2), pp.143-152.
M. Burton, C. Kagan (2006). Decoding Valuing People. Disability and Society. 21(4), pp.299-313.
A. Siddiquee, C. Kagan (2006). The Internet, empowerment, and identity: An exploration of participation by refugee women in a Community Internet Project (CIP) in the United Kingdom (UK). Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology. 16(3), pp.189-206.
C. Kagan, S. Castile, A. Stewart (2005). Participation: Are some more equal than others?. Clinical Psychology Forum. pp.30-34.
C. Kagan, M. Burton (2005). Community psychological perspectives and work with people with learning difficulties. Clinical Psychology. pp.31-36.
C. Kagan, S. Lewis (2005). Editorial. Community, Work & Family. 8(1), pp.3-3.
M. Burton, C. Kagan (2005). Liberation social psychology: Learning from Latin America. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology. 15(1), pp.63-78.
I. Edge, C. Kagan, A. Stewart (2004). Living poverty: Surviving on the edge. Clinical Psychology. pp.28-31.
S. Lewis, C. Kagan, P. Heaton (2000). Dual-earner parents with disabled children - Family patterns for working and caring. JOURNAL OF FAMILY ISSUES. 21(8), pp.1031-1060.
S. Lewis, C. Kagan, P. Heaton (2000). Managing work-family diversity for parents of disabled children Beyond policy to practice and partnership. Personnel Review. 29(3), pp.417-430.
UR. Rout, S. Lewis, C. Kagan (1999). Work and family roles: Indian career women in India and the west. Indian Journal of Gender Studies. 6(1), pp.91-105.
S. Lewis, C. Kagan, P. Heaton, M. Cranshaw (1999). Economic and Psychological Benefits from Employment: The experiences and perspectives of mothers of disabled children. Disability and Society. 14(4), pp.561-575.
C. Kagan, S. Lewis, P. Heaton, M. Cranshaw (1999). Enabled or disabled? Working parents of disabled children and the provision of child-care. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology. 9(5), pp.369-381.
B. Kaur Rana, C. Kagan, S. Lewis, U. Rout (1998). British South Asian women managers and professionals: experiences of work and family. Women in Management Review. 13(6), pp.221-232.
C. Kagan, M. Burton (1996). Remember me this way. PSYCHOLOGIST. 9(11), pp.494-494.
U. Rout, S. Lewis, C. Kagan, C. Sullivan (1996). Work, family, well-being: Experiences of Indian career women in India, Britain and the USA. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY. 31(3-4), pp.5515-5515.
C. Kagan, S. Lewis (1990). Transforming Psychological Practice. Australian Psychologist. 25(3), pp.270-280.
C. Kagan (1984). Social problem solving and social skills training. British Journal of Clinical Psychology. 23(3), pp.161-173.
JP. Forgas, C. Kagan, D. Frey (1977). The Cognitive Representation of Political Personalities. A Cross-Cultural Comparison. International Journal of Psychology. 12(1), pp.19-30.
C. Kagan, MH. Burton (2018). Putting the ‘Social’ into Sustainability Science. In: World Sustainability Series. Springer International Publishing, pp.285-298.
A. Hassan, I. Fatimilehin, C. Kagan (2018). The Handbook of Mental Health and Space. In: The Handbook of Mental Health and Space: Community and Clinical Applications. Routledge, pp.237-249.
C. Kagan, M. Burton (2018). Handbook of Sustainability Science and Research. In: Handbook of Sustainability Science and Research. Springer International Publishing,
J. Emanuel, C. Kagan (2018). Communicating Climate Change in the Greater Manchester Region: A Whole Systems Approach to Change. In: Climate Change Management. Springer International Publishing, pp.405-419.
C. Kagan, R. Lawthom, O. Clennon, J. Fisher, J. Diamond, et al. (2017). Sustainable Development Research at Universities in the United Kingdom. In: Sustainable Development Research at Universities in the United Kingdom Approaches, Methods and Projects. Springer International Publishing,
C. Kagan, R. Lawthom, O. Clennon, J. Fisher, J. Diamond, et al. (2017). Sustainable Communities: University-Community Partnership Research on Social Dimensions of Sustainable Development. W. Leal. In: Sustainable Development Research at Universities in the United Kingdom. Springer International Publishing, pp.245-262.
CM. Kagan, R. Lawthom, O. Clennon, J. Fisher, J. Diamond, et al. (2016). Sustainable Communities: University-Community Partnership Research on Social Dimensions of Sustainable Development. In: Sustainable Development Research at Universities in the United Kingdom Approaches, Methods and Projects. Springer,
T. Afuape (2015). Liberation Practices. In: Liberation Practices: Towards Emotional Wellbeing Through Dialogue. Routledge, pp.211-221.
CM. Kagan, R. Lawthom, S. Baines, S. Sham, S. Lo, et al. (2015). Vulnerability, Exploitation and Migrants. In: Vulnerability, Exploitation and Migrants. Insecure Work in a Globalised Economy. Palgrave Macmillan UK,
C. Kagan, K. Duggan, M. Richards, A. Siddiquee (2011). Community Psychology. In: IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology. pp.471-499.
A. Kellock, R. Lawthom, JA. Sixsmith, K. Duggan, L. Mountian, et al. (2011). Using Technology and the Experience Sampling Method to Understand Real Life. In: The Handbook of Emergent Technologies in Social Research. Oxford University Press, pp.542-562.
I. Mountian, R. Lawthom, A. Kellock, JA. Sixsmith, K. Duggan, et al. (2009). Utilising a Visual Methodology: Shared Reflections and Tensions. In: Visual Psychologies: Using and Interpreting Images in Qualitative Research.
M. Burton, S. Boyle, CHDC. Psy, C. Kagan (2007). Community Psychology in Britain. In: International Community Psychology. Springer US, pp.219-237.
C. Kagan, A. Kilroy (2007). Well-Being. In: Well-Being: Individual, Community and Social Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan UK, pp.93-109.
OD. Clennon, C. Kagan Research and Participation in community arts. Forteleza, Brazil, 3/9/2014.
R. Lawthom, C. Kagan, RA. Swindells Community arts interventions: creativity, wellbeing and social change. Naples, 6/11/2013.
R. Lawthom, K. Rowley, A. Siddiquee, C. Kagan, RA. Swindells Invest to Save: eudaimonic wellbeing and the participatory arts. Manchester Metropolitan University, 2/7/2012.
CM. Purcell, C. Kagan (2007). Joy At Work: The Impact of Non-Professional Singing on Employee Well-Being. , Research Institute for Health and Social Change, Manchester Metropolitan University.
M. Burton, C. Kagan (2007). Psychologists and national security . Psychologist. 20,
2012-13 Development of Sustainable Living Groups (with Scott Gaul)(partnership with Groundwork). Funded by Stockport MBC. MMU share £10,000
2011-13 Community Organising. Funded Cabinet Office via Locality £97,000
2009 Experiences of Forced Labour in the Chinese Community. Funded Joseph Rowntree Foundation. £79,996 (with R Lawthom, S Baines, and L Mok, S Sham, M Greenwood of Wai Yin Chinese Women Centre)
2009 Development of intergenerational evaluation teams. Funded Department Children and Families, UK Government via Manchester City Council. £27,400 (with K Duggan)
2009 Impact of University (Birley Fields) Development on local people. Funded HEIF. £25,000
2008 Evaluation of Intergen: Intergenerational work with schools. (£9,000) (with A. Siddiquee)
2008 Quality Indicators in Healthcare (£15,000 Mid Cheshire NHS foundation Hospital Trust) (with P. Renwick and I. Mountian)
2007-8 Active and Positive parenting: Impact of narratives, parenting and creativity on intergenerational understanding in Somali and Yemeni men (£33,220 Hefce SDF via Urban regeneration project) (with T. Zack Williams, UCLAN)
2006-7 Evaluation of holistic therapies week for people with Parkinson’s Disease, family members and volunteer therapists. (PDS £9,598. with Diane Loggenberg)
2007 – 2009 Long Term Conditions. Research associate funded 50% by Manchester City Council/PCT to undertake action research associated with the development of the National Service Framework (NSF) in Long Term (Neurological ) Conditions. (with Jo Hobbs, J. Sixsmith)
2006- 9 Urban Regeneration: Making a Difference. Funded by HEFCE Strategic Development Fund. Academic lead overall project and Community Cohesion Theme (641K per theme)
2006 – present The impact of urban regeneration on well-being. Funded by HEIF 2 and New East Manchester. Responsible for supervising 1 research assistant
2005 Evaluation of a Preventive Neighbourhood Nuisance Team. Funded EMNNT .responsible for supervising 1 research worker 3 months
1987 Liverpool University Penelope Hall Prize (for outstanding work in social work training )
2005 British Psychological Society Award for Promoting Equal Opportunity (for the development of academic and research alliances)
2006 Fellowship, Society Community Research and Action (SCRA) (for internationally renowned work in community psychology)
2009 Shortlisted MMU Student teaching Award: Best supervisor
2009 THELMA award for Knowledge Transfer (for URMAD project - the 4 university consortium won the award)
2012 Beacons for Public Engagement Award for project on Forced Labour Amongst Chinese Migrant Workers
2017 Elected Honorary Fellow of the British Psychological Society
ESRC Peer Review College
2015 Visiting Professor, Edge Hill University
2015 Visiting Lecturer, European Community Psychology Summer School, Florence, Italy
2014 Visiting academic University of Barcelona (Participative action research)
2010 Visiting academic, University Bologna, Italy (community psychology and participative research)
2004 Visiting senior research fellow (Community psychology and disability), University Autónoma del Estado de Morelos Cuernavaca and Benito Juarez, Oaxaca, Mexico
1996 Visiting Fellow, Centre for Disability Research, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia (March)
1996 Academic Visitor, Department of Psychology, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas (February)
1987-1990 Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Hester Adrian Research Centre, University of Manchester
1979-1980 Academic Visitor, Department of Psychology, University New South Wales, Sydney
Founder Editor, Community Work and Family
Arts for Health
Journal Community and Applied Social PSychology
Journal Work, Organisation and Emotion
International Journal of Rural Management
Internaitoanl Journal Psychosocial Intervention
British Psychological Society:
Division Counselling Psychology
Community Psychology Section
Society for Community Research and Action
Internaitional Community Development Association
European Community Psychology Association