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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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indebtedness Social Sciences
mental health Social Sciences
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community Social Sciences
psychology Social Sciences
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Depression Medicine & Life Sciences
Peer Group Medicine & Life Sciences

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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: Grant


Research Output 2003 2019

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 journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Peer support groups for parent-carers of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: The importance of solidarity-as-care

Klein, O., Walker, C., Aumann, K., Anjos, K. & Terry, J., 8 Apr 2019, In : Disability & society.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Peer Group
Self-Help Groups
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity

The Ignite project - Developing a ‘health as social movement approach’ to children and young people’s mental and emotional wellbeing in Worthing

Walker, C., Saunders, G., Dumbleton, L., Stainforth, D. & Grist, R., 13 Sep 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractResearch

Open Access

Building Spaces for Controversial Public Engagement – Exploring and Challenging Democratic Deficits in NHS Marketization

Walker, C., Artaraz, K., Darking, M., Davies, C., Fleischer, S., Graber, R., Mwale, S., Speed, E., Terry, J. & Zoli, A., 21 Dec 2018, In : Journal of Social and Political Psychology. 6, 2, p. 759-775

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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.). Routledge, p. 149- 162

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearchpeer-review

Activities 2015 2019

  • 2 Consultancy
  • 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

Fairness in Brighton and Hove: an analysis of public voice

Mary Darking (Consultant), Carl Walker (Consultant)
1 Apr 201527 Jun 2016

Activity: Consultancy