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Scholarly biography

Carl Walker is a community psychologist from the University of Brighton and course leader in the MA Community Psychology. He is on the British Psychological Society National Community Psychology section committee. Recently he co-founded the national group ‘Psychologists against Austerity’ and his recent research involves action research projects on wellbeing drawing on statactivist techniques. Carl’s main research interests include exploring the relations between debt, inequality and mental health and the use of community initiatives to work toward addressing mental health needs. He has used a range of social science methodologies to engage in collaborative, multi-stakeholder evaluations in the fields of health, mental health and wellbeing, disability, care and debt. In recent years he has established evaluation partnerships with a range of local groups including Local Authority, NHS and VCS organisations, including Community Works, MAS, The Richmond Fellowship, Amaze, Mindout and Mind in Brighton in Hove. This has involved more straightforward service evaluations as well as developing more complex, multiagency collaborative impact work.

Approach to teaching

I am course leader for the MA Community Psychology and teach mainly in the following areas

  • Research methodology and analysis
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Applied psychology
  • Critical community psychology

Research interests


  • Social inequality and mental distress
  • Critical community psychology
  • Informal therapeutic spaces and settings
  • Statactivism and academic activism
  • Multi-stakeholder capacity building action-research in communities
  • Care and young people with complex needs

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Research Output

Open Access
  • Active engagement with nature: outdoor adventure tourism, sustainability and wellbeing

    Hanna, P., Wijesinghe, S., Paliatsos, I., Walker, C., Adams, M. & Kimbu, A., 6 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Sustainable Tourism. 27, 9, p. 1355-1373 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • New ideas for new times: a handbook of innovative community and clinical psychologies

    Walker, C. (ed.), Zlotowitz, S. (ed.) & Zoli, A. (ed.), 2019, (Accepted/In press) Palgrave Macmillan.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook - edited

    Open Access
  • Activities

    • 2 Consultancy
    • 1 Workshop
    • 1 Oral presentation

    Exploring vertical and horizontal urban spaces of care that are being 'claimed-back' for street homeless people in Sussex

    Bethan Prosser (Presenter) & Carl Walker (Presenter)

    18 Jun 2019

    Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation

    Well-Maker-Space Workshop at Wellcome Trust

    Nicholas Gant (Organiser), Fiona Hackney (Organiser), Katie Hill (Organiser), Paul Rodgers (Participant), Carl Walker (Participant) & Mary Darking (Participant)

    14 Apr 2018

    Activity: EventsWorkshop

    Fairness in Brighton and Hove: an analysis of public voice

    Mary Darking (Consultant) & Carl Walker (Consultant)

    1 Apr 201527 Jun 2016

    Activity: Consultancy