Dr. Roger Green

Staff details

Position Senior Research Fellow in Community Studies Director, Centre for Community Engagement Research
Email r.green (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 020 7717 2591
Dr. Roger Green

Roger Green is a community researcher and one of only a small number of UK university academic applied social researchers actively involved in promoting community research and engagement by taking the university out into the community and working with communities by applying social research methods to their concerns and needs.

He originally trained and worked in London as a youth worker, before undertaking professional training as a social worker and then further training to practice as a community development worker.

He was founder and Director for the Centre for Community Research (CCR) at the University of Hertfordshire, which became internationally known for its applied social research on a range of community issues. His seminal work in North London, a CCR led participatory action research project on the once notorious Kingsmead Housing Estate in Hackney, East London, between 1996 and 2010 became internationally acclaimed as a template for community–university research partnerships.

Academic qualifications

  • Diploma in Youth Work (in-service), ILEA/Avery Hill College
  • BA (Hons) Sociology, North East London Polytechnic
  • CQSW, North East London Polytechnic
  • Certificate in Community Work, North East London Polytechnic  
  • MA Deviancy and Social Policy, Middlesex Polytechnic  
  • PhD (Community Development), University of Hertfordshire                


Roger's teaching focuses on the areas of community development, social exclusion and marginalised communities, and caste discrimination.

Areas of supervision

Roger has supervised ten students to completion of their PhDs. He is particularly interested in supervising projects on community development, social exclusion and marginalised communities, caste discrimination, voluntary sector, community organisation and activism, community politics, East London, and  related ethnographic research.

Professional projects

Roger's recent research collaborations range from the international to the local. These include: a three-year UKIERI funded collaborative research project with researchers from the universities of Cambridge, Bradford and the TATA Institute for Social Sciences, Mumbai, India; a collaborative qualitative research project with several European universities which culminated in a best selling co-edited book in 2008; and a collaborative study with the community and voluntary sector on the state of the sector across South London.

His research continues to influence UK national social policy decisions; for example his collaboration with the Anti-Caste Discrimination Alliance and other UK academics provided evidence of caste discrimination at the community level across England, and was subsequently included in the 2010 Equality Act. He has been invited to present papers at numerous conferences, including most recently by the Social Work Action Network in London and the Swiss Sociological Association Conference at the University of Bern in Switzerland, among others.

Roger combines his academic work with being a community activist of some years standing.

Research Interests

His current research projects include a comparative study of urban caste discrimination amongst young people in India and the UK, in collaboration with the Tata Institute for Social Science Research (TISS), Mumbai, India, funded by the Indian Council for Social Science Research; the spread of food banks across a South London Borough as a form of social exclusion; the impact of the Social Value Act, 2013, on local communities; and a forthcoming book entitled ‘Invisible Communities. A day in the life of forgotten people’


Edited Book

Cox, Pat; Geison, Thomas and Green, Roger, eds. 2008. Qualitative Research and Social Change: European Contexts: UK and Other European Contexts. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN 978-0230537279

Green, Roger, ed. 2005. Voices from the Mead. People’s Stories of the Kingsmead Estate. Arima Publishing. ISBN 978-1845490720

Book Section

Thornton, Mary; Bricheno, Patricia; Iyer, Ponni; Reid, Ivan; Wankhede, Govardhan and Green, Roger. 2013. Experience, Policy and Practice in Diversity in Higher Education. In: Kath Bridger; Ivan Reid and Jenny Shaw, eds. Inclusive Higher Education: An International Perspective on Access and the Challenge of Student Diversity. Oxfordshire: Libri Publishing, pp. 19-40. ISBN 978-1907471728

Green, Roger. 2012. Higher Education Institution Mission statements: A Critical Appraisal. In: M. Thornton and G. Wankhede, eds. Widening Participation and Social Cohesion amongst Diverse, Disadvantaged and Minority Groups in Higher Education. Mumbai: Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

Green, Roger and Curran, Bonnie. 2008. Young People and Poverty. In: Tony Jeffs and Ruth Gilchrist, eds. 100th Edition of Youth and Policy, Youth and Policy. National Youth Agency.


Green, Roger and Baker, Christopher. 2020. Re-empowering into Voice: Experiments in Organic Community Coproduction. Community Development Journal, ISSN 0010-3802

Green, Roger. 2013. ‘Back to the future?’ Challenges and Opportunities for a new community approach to social work. Social Work Matters,

Green, Roger; Thornton, Mary; Bricheno, Patricia; Iyer, Ponni; Reid, Ivan and Wankhede, Govardhan. 2010. Diversity and social integration on higher education campuses in India and the UK : student and staff perspectives. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 15(2), pp. 159-176. ISSN 1359-6748

Thornton, Mary; Bricheno, Patricia; Iyer, Ponni; Reid, Ivan; Wankhede, Govardhan and Green, Roger. 2010. Diversity and social integration on higher education campuses in India and the UK:student and staff perspectives. Research in Post-Compulsory Education Journal, 15(2), pp. 159-176.

Thornton, Mary; Bricheno, Patricia; Iyer, Ponni; Reid, Ivan; Wankhede, Govardhan and Green, Roger. 2010. Getting diverse students and staff to talk about equality and social integration issues on higher education campuses in India and the UK. Research in Education, 85, pp. 17-29. ISSN 0034-5237

Green, Roger; Dicks, S and Buckroyd, J. 2009. Counselling in Culturally Diverse Inner-City Communities: The Rise and Fall of the Kabin Counselling Project. Journal of Social Work Practice, 23(23), pp. 315-326. ISSN 0265-0533

Green, Roger and Curran, Bonnie. 2008. Experiencing Youth Poverty: A Case Study. Youth and Policy, 100, pp. 129-138. ISSN 0262-9798


Wankhede, Govardhan and Green, Roger. 2018. “Listen to me” Young people’s views and experiences of caste discrimination. Project Report. Goldsmiths, University of London.

Green, Roger; Henri, Tom; Campbell, Jim and Greaves, Bethan. 2014. Putting Food On The Table. Understanding Food Poverty: Exploring Food Bank Use In Lewisham. Project Report. Goldsmiths, University of London, London.

Green, Roger. 2013. ‘Working Together’ Engaging with South London’s Voluntary and Community Sector: A Community Scoping Study. Other. UNSPECIFIED, London.

Thornton, Mary; Wankhede, Govardhan; Bricheno, Patricia; Reid, Ivan; Green, Roger and Iyer, Ponni. 2011. Widening Participation: Diversity, isolation or integration in Higher Education?. Other. UKIERI (UK India Education and Research Initiative), London.

Sikora, M and Green, Roger. 2010. Exploring the needs of new migrant communities in East Sussex: A Scoping Study. Other. UNSPECIFIED.

Green, Roger. 2009. Hidden Apartheid – Voice of the Community Caste and Caste Discrimination in the UK A Scoping Study. Other. Anti Caste Discrimination Alliance (ACDA), Derby.