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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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Projects 2018 2022


Cameron, J., Hart, A., Eryigit-Madzwamuse, S., Heaver, B., Hudson, C., Aranda, K., Rathbone, A., Maitland, J., Church, A., Walker, C., Haynes, P. & Gant, N.


Project: GrantResearch and Enterprise


Research Output 2003 2018

Open Access
health service

Caring spaces and practices: does social prescribing offer new possibilities for the fluid mess of 'mental health'?

Walker, C., Klein, O., Marks, N. & Hanna, P. 30 Aug 2018 The Handbook of Mental Health and Space: Community and Clinical Applicaitons. McGrath, L. & Reavey, P. (eds.). p. 149- 162

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Community Well-Being in the Era of Health Care Privatisation

Zoli, A. & Walker, C. 2018 (Accepted/In press) 8 p.

Research output: Working paper

Open Access
health care

Building a new community psychology of mental health: spaces, places, people and activities

Walker, C., Hart, A. & Hanna, P. 1 Jan 2017 London. 199 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authored

Return-to-work support for workers with mental health problems: identifying and responding to key challenges of sick leave

Cameron, J., Sadlo, G., Hart, A. & Walker, C. 1 Jan 2016 79, 5, p. 275-283 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Sick Leave
Return to Work
Mental Health
Community Mental Health Services