Professor Carolyn Kagan


Carolyn Kagan works part time as Professor of Social & Community Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University's Research Institute for Health & Social Change, where she was formerly Director since its inception.  She is a community psychologist with qualifications in counselling psychology and social work. For over 30 years she has worked in partnership with public community and  voluntary sector groups concerned with social change.  She is a a Non-Executive Director for Just Psychology, and is a member of its Advisory Board.

Much of Carolyn's work is action oriented, with projects extending over several years and with a focus on working across generations, urban regeneration, university-community engagement and participation. She has worked with people living poverty, disabled people and their families and other marginalised communities such as irregular migrant workers.

Carolyn has been involved in the development of new forms of community organisations,  and has served on the boards of a range of different projects.  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.  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.

She is registered with the Health Professions Council as a practitioner psychologist (Registration No: PYL16197). 

See Carolyn talking about making use of the idea of ecological edges when considering public engagement and university research here.

Carolyn's Publications





Kagan, C, Tindall C, Robinson J.  2010.  Linking the Individual with the Community.. Handbook of counselling psychology.
Duckett, P, Kagan C, Sixsmith J.  2010.  Consultation with Children on Healthy Schools: Choice, Conflict and Context. American Journal of Community Psychology. 46(1 - 2)



Kagan, C, Lewis S, Brennan E.  2008.  Building community supports for work-life integration. Work, Life, and the Mental Health System of Care A Guide for Professionals Supporting Families of Children with Emotional or Behavioral Disorders.


Lawthom, R, Sixsmith J, Kagan C.  2007.  Interrogating power: the case of arts and mental health in community projects. Journal of Community Applied Social Psychology. 17(4)