Participation, Community Development, and Regeneration

Central to ppre’s work has been the idea that social change, public services design, delivery and evaluation  have to engage and involve the people whose lives will be most affected by them.  It is easy to say  but harder to do. The publications refect different approaches that have been taken.

There are  several key themes:

1. The history and theory behind community development (Eversley, 2018, 2009)

2. Community development with specific groups, especially refugees  (Eversley, 2004, Eversley  and Kassayie (Eds) 2002), the Bangladeshi  and Somali communities (Eversley, 2002, Eversley and Iman, 2002). Also in Eversley, 2014, John has addressed the role of community development in relation to mental health

3. Community development in specific contexts e.g. housing and regeneration   (Baine et al, 2005,  2001-4, 2002, Eversley, 2000) and situations of violent conflict (Eversley et al, 2022)

4. Work on the practice  and methods to bring about community and social change is in progress currently and will probably result in a book.


Eversley, J.; Gormally, S. and Kilmurray, A. Eds (November 2022)  Peacebuilding, Conflict and Community Development Bristol: Policy Press

Eversley, J. (December 2018) Social and Community Development -An Introduction London: MacMillan International Higher Education/Bloomsbury

Link to publisher’s site

Eversley, J. (2014) Is there an Emancipatory Psychiatry? In Moodley, R. and Ocampo, M. Critical Psychiatry and Psychology -Exploring the work of Suman Fernando in Clinical Practice. London: Routledge.

Eversley, J (2009) Direct Action and Grassroots Democracy – the legacy of Saul Alinsky Goldsmiths University of London, London Civic Forum and London Metropolitan University

Baine, S., Camp, S., & Eversley, J. (2005) Investors in communities: Lessons so far York: JRF and the Chartered Institute of Housing

Baine, S., Camp, S., & Eversley, J. (2005) An evaluation of the pilot phase of Investors in Communities findings York: JRF

Eversley, J. (Editor – Contreras-Ramirez, A-M) (2004) On Course – Refugee Organisations and Community Development. London: Praxis RCO Community Development Toolkit

Eversley J and Kassayie, B (Eds) (2002)  Refugee Inclusion: a strategic approach to housing QMUL and Praxis

Eversley, J and Khanom, H. (2002) Forced Marriage in the Bangladeshi Community Tower Hamlets Multi-agency Steering Group, PPRU QMUL

Eversley, J and Iman, F. (2002) Forced Marriage in the Somali Community – A report. Tower Hamlets Multi-agency Steering Group PPRU QMUL

Baine, S; Mayo, M; Eversley, J, O Connor: D, Rashid, T and Xavier-Small, J. (2001-2004.) New Life for Paddington evaluation reports (1-15) QMUL/Goldsmiths College.

Baine, S; Camp, S; Eversley, J and Robertson, I. (2002) Investors in Communities: Interim Evaluation Report

Eversley, J (2000) St Peter’s North Interim Report PPRU QMUL