Carolyn Kagan is Professor Emerita, Community Social Psychology, at Manchester Metropolitan University and visiting Professor at Edge Hill University's Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice. She is a community psychologist with qualifications in counselling psychology and social work. She is a Non-Executive Director for Just Psychology, and is a member of its Advisory Board.
Carolyn's work is action oriented, working with community and voluntary sector groups concerned with social change and with a focus on working across generations, urban regeneration, university-community engagement and participation. She has worked with people living poverty, older people, disabled people and their families and other marginalised communities such as irregular migrant workers. Her most recent book is University-Community Relations in the UK: Engaging Universities (with John Diamond, published by Palgrave/Macmillan, 2019).
Carolyn has been involved in the development of new forms of community organisations: she is a member of the Steady State Manchester Collective (arguing for ecological, economic and social justice in the Greater Manchester region) and is Chair of her local Civic Society. She is particularly interested in finding creative and participative ways to evaluate community projects and to facilitate change in the public services. She collaborates closely with colleagues working in other countries.
In 2005 Carolyn received the British Psychology Society's Award for the Promotion of Equal Opportunities, and in 2017 was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Society in recognition of her work in community psychology. She is an experienced manager, mentor, consultant, researcher and trainer specialising in using participative and experiential learning techniques to support individual, organisational and social change.
See Carolyn talking about making use of the idea of ecological edges when considering public engagement and university research here.