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Martin Purcell is a Senior Lecturer in Leadership & Management in the Department of Education & Community Studies.  He joined the University in September 2014, where he is Course Leader for the undergraduate Youth & Community Work programme of study.  Martin also teaches students from across the Department on modules relating to professional practice and leadership & management.

Martin gained his BSc in Applied Economics from UCNW, Bangor and his Diploma in Community Education from the Open University / Northern College, Dundee, where he was working as a Social Strategy Officer for the Regional Council, devising and delivering anti-poverty strategies in a number of different communities.  His MEd from Dundee University investigated community participation in evaluating regeneration programmes, drawing on his work at the time as a community capacity building Programme Manager in Calderdale.  Reflecting his twenty years practice in community development, Martin’s PhD from Leeds Metropolitan University explored the translation of professional values into practice in work promoting public participation in new local governance spaces, specifically Local Strategic Partnerships in the Yorkshire & Humber region.

In the three years before joining us, Martin lectured in Youth & Community Work at Manchester University and Manchester Metropolitan University.  As well as supporting students on placement, he led the teaching on public participation, professional values and policy.  Prior to this, Martin spent eight years at Leeds Metropolitan University, working as a researcher (ultimately as a Principal Research Fellow) in the Policy Research Institute and Carnegie Leaders in Learning Partnership.  Clients for whom Martin undertook research included third sector organisations, local authority, government departments (including DCLG, ODPM and DWP) and the National College for Leaders of Schools & Children’s Services and the Children’s Workforce Development Council.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • The translation of professional values into practice 
  • The way in which practitioners draw on their professional value-base to inform their work with young people and the wider community
  • To identify the extent to which the political and organisational policies and frameworks facilitate / inhibit the translation of these values into practice
  • Exploring the extent to which practitioners are able to incorporate ‘professionally loving practice’ in their work with children and young people

Research Degree Supervision

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  • Qualitative Analysis
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Citizen Participation
  • Local Governance
  • Rural Development
  • Community Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Community Empowerment
  • Capacity Building
  • Community
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Community Participation

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Research Output 2007 2018

  • 4 Article
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Review article
Open Access
youth work
community work
community development
Open Access
community development
New Labour

Public Participation in New Local Governance Spaces: The Case for Community Development in Local Strategic Partnerships

Purcell, M. Sep 2014 The European Conference on Politics, Economics and Law 2014: Official Conference Proceedings. p. 143-159 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
community development
New Labour
8 Citations

Rewarding altruism: Addressing the issue of payments for volunteers in public health initiatives

South, J., Purcell, M. E., Branney, P., Gamsu, M. & White, J. Mar 2014 In : Social Science and Medicine. 104, p. 80-87 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Financial Support
Public Health
1 Citations

Addressing the challenges of leading children's services in England: Leadership in a changing environment

Purcell, M. E., Christian, M. & Frost, N. 15 Jun 2012 In : Journal of Children's Services. 7, 2, p. 86-100 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

change of government
Health Expenditures

Activities 2016 2017

  • 3 Oral presentation