CCER Researchers


The researchers who make up the Centre for Community Engagement Research.


Dr Roger Green

Dr Roger Green is an internationally known community researcher and long standing community activist who divides his time between researching with disempowered, marginalised and voiceless groups and communities and supporting community campaigns.


Professor Chris Baker

Professor Christopher Baker is William Temple Professor of Religion and Public Life and Director of the William Temple Foundation. His work analyses the impact of religion and belief on public life, and is interdisciplinary focusing on spatial and built environments, political economy, community development, local government, wellbeing and flourishing and work-based and business environments.

His work also explores the changing dynamic of faith-based organisations and communities from theological as well as social scientific disciplines. Major themes in his work include spiritual capital and postsecularity. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Professor Claudia Bernard

Claudia’s research projects explore the interplay of race, gender, social class, and child and family welfare. These include childhood sexual abuse, domestic abuse, teenage mothers and the ethics of care. Claudia is interested in developing methodologies that open up new ways for understanding violence and abuse in the lives of vulnerable children from disadvantaged groups, and much of my research has thus examined such issues as they occur in the UK.

Her research is concerned with standpoints that engage an intersectional lens for investigating how the effects of multiple and interacting oppressions contribute to lived experiences. 

Dr Keren Cohen

Dr Cohen is a Senior Lecturer and a Counselling Psychologist working in the area of well-being, resilience and personal growth. She has a particular interest in the potentially positive and/ negative impact that trauma work has on those who support survivors (normally termed as vicarious trauma and vicarious post-traumatic growth), both individually and in a community context.

As part of her work on supporting those who work with survivors of traumatic events, she has been involved in the recent revision of the Istanbul protocol and is collaboratively working to develop further guidelines and support for those working in the field.

Professor Adam Dinham

Professor Dinham is director of the Faiths and Civil Society Unit; a centre for excellence in the development of policy, practice and research in the area of faiths and civil society. The Unit draws together policymakers, practitioners and researchers from a range of faiths, sectors and disciplines to conduct programmes of work to address practical and conceptual questions arising in the context of a strong policy agenda for faiths in the public realm in the UK and elsewhere.

Areas of research include social action & communities, participatory governance, and community cohesion and prevention of extremism.

Caroline Frizell

Caroline Frizell is a UKCP registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist (UK Council for Psychotherapy) and is also registered with ADMP UK as a private practitioner and supervisor (Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK). She holds a diploma in supervision from the The Society of Analytical Psychology (SAP). Caroline has been a lecturer at Goldsmiths since 2007 and served as Programme Convenor for the MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy from 2010-2019.She is now Admissions Tutor for this programme.

Caroline’s research interests include: People with Learning disabilities; Embodied practice within an ecological context & Community engagement.

Tom Henri

Tom Henri studied sociology, social policy and social work at the University of Southampton.  He then worked as a social worker, youth justice worker and a social work educator before taking up a lectureship at Goldsmiths, University of London.  His academic and research interests include the construction of youth as a problem, racisms, substance misuse, and how discourses of social class and nationality both inform and are reproduced by and through social work and social policy.

Tom’s research interests include: anti-discriminatory practice, anti-oppressive practice, community cohesion, ideology, the mixed economy of welfare, multiculturalism, new public management, radical social work, racisms, structural social work, young people, youth justice.

Rachel Hughes

Rachel Parry Hughes is a Lecturer in Social Work and teaches on adult safeguarding, dementia and ageing, and disability across the life course.  She also oversees assessment strategy and procedure within social work.  Rachel is an active researcher within the department and recently carried out research into the New Town Culture programme, a collaboration between artists, curators and social workers in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.  This involved participant observation work with young people seeking asylum in the UK and with foster families. 

Rachel subsequently led on the design of a module in creative social work based on the themes of this research and the development of a new form of reflective practice (Interdisciplinary Intervision – Hughes, Steedman and Staempfli, 2020). 

Rachel is interested in the ways in which families, cultures and societies make space for people with cognitive impairments, and the ways in which people with cognitive impairments create and claim spaces for themselves.  She previously carried out interdisciplinary research with adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their families, looking at the role of friendship in their lives. 

She is on the editorial board of PMLD Link (, a publication produced by and for professionals, families and care workers who support adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities.  Rachel works part-time as a Senior Social Worker in a local authority adult social care service and is a qualified Practice Educator. 

Dr Kalbir Shukra

Kalbir’s research interests include minority social movements, youth participation, black politics and anti-racism. Her recent work has focused on exploring positive forms of participation and community engagement whilst critiquing the development of assimilationist approaches to community cohesion and new managerialist strands of community and youth work.

Dr Mark Taylor

Dr Mark Taylor has worked as a social worker in British and Irish social work settings (e.g. child mental health, adults with learning disabilities, child protection). Dr Taylor joined Goldsmiths in October 2015, having taught in higher education in the Republic of Ireland since 2006.

Dr Taylor is interested in becoming a partner in European and international collaborative projects, in the areas of: social work with young people, social work and a sense of place, social work and creativity, social work competence, social work narratives.

Dr Naomi Thompson

Naomi’s recent research has included a study of young female Muslim experiences at university, young people’s engagement with organised crime, Christian street-based youth work, and faith-based youth work’s engagement with civil society. She is currently working on research projects exploring community engagement with marginalised migrant Muslim women; hate and discrimination experienced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities; and whether professionally qualifying youth work training programmes equip practitioners to work with diverse religious communities.

Naomi has also undertaken evaluation for youth and community projects, and is currently doing so for Lewisham Youth Offending Service, as well as recently completing a community needs analysis for Youth First, the largest provider of youth services in Lewisham.

Andy Turner

Andy Turner has worked for over three decades in community and youth work, as a practitioner, activist, trainer, researcher and manager in some of the poorest parts of England. In the 1990’s Andy co-founded The Kabin and The Hackney Marsh Partnership, working with East London communities to provide education, training and employment projects, advice services, social enterprise and youth work.

A former Director establishing new networks and approaches at Church Urban Fund, Andy now works as an independent consultant and facilitator. He is a lecturer in applied social studies and community and youth work at Goldsmiths University of London and an associate researcher at the Centre for Community Engagement Research. He is a doctoral candidate at the Faiths and Civil Society Unit at Goldsmiths University of London. Andy is a trustee and former chair of various arts, civil-society and anti-poverty charities, and lives in Hackney.

David Woodger

David has been active in community development and working with young people for 30 years and continues to work in the field. He has written and published on race and adoption, institutional racism and group work. He has undertaken work on numerous school issues including exclusions, truancy, sex and relationship education, learning and teaching and introducing group work approaches to teaching.

David teaches organisation and management, race, identity and institutional racism, international development and a range of social policy areas and community and youth work. He is also one of the course group workers.