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Bob Walley

Research Associate, Positive Environments Project Coordinator
School of Sport and Health Sciences

Bob has worked with the UCLan Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership since 2004. In this time he helped initiate and deliver the MA, BA and FD Community Leadership as lecturer and academic adviser, writing and delivering modules, electives and external CPD and training. In recognition of his contribution to teaching, he is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He continues to manage local, national and international community and student engagement-based projects concerning themes such as climate change and environmental education, health promotion, neighbourhood regeneration, equality and diversity, refugees and asylum seekers, community empowerment and resilience.

Bob is currently a Research Associate and Positive Environments Project Coordinator with the UCLan Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership. Bob is also an early career researcher currently undertaking a Professional Doctorate in Education. His research explores communication methods of climate change and levels of perceived environmental awareness and empowerment in various communities. Bob has been working on community engagement projects concerning this subject for the last twenty years and continues to use innovative methods of communication to address issues like climate change, or the current refugee situation, using his creative background in illustration and visual arts to deliver projects and present research findings. One example is the Welcome refugee and asylum seeker project coordinator, encouraging integration of refugee and asylum seeker families across Lancashire through student engagement. As part of this project, Bob is working with the UNHCR and local associated NGOs on the Greek island of Lesvos running leadership and identity initiatives with unaccompanied minor refugees and asylum seekers: for more information click here.

Between teaching positions with UCLan, Bob has managed international projects working with WWF, Greenpeace, Avaaz, Save the Children, UNHCR, UNICEF, IOM, MSF, Pallium India, the International Red Cross and other NGOs on community empowerment and resilience projects across the globe. One recent research project was in Mongolia investigating the causes and effects of the rural to urban migration there. The findings of this expedition have been collated into a research publication, exhibition of photographs and stories at venues across the country and a documentary film. Other work includes:

  • Leadership training and volunteer management practice for the Russian Ministry for Education in Moscow, Russia.
  • Investigating levels of poverty and assignment of effective relief efforts with Resolve International based in the Dhaulagiri Zone, Nepal.
  • Collecting communities' responses to climate change in Chang Mai, Thailand - a collaborative response with Avaaz, presented at COP 15 UN Climate Change Conference, Copenhagen.
  • Campaign artist for Greenpeace Indonesia designing and implementing deforestation campaigns across Indonesia, based in Jakarta.
  • Coordinating The Independent State social experiment project, presented at the COP 21 UN Climate Change Conference, Paris.
  • Report presentations to the Government of India on Equality and Disability, recommendations towards a SMART City with Pallium, based in Thiruvananthapuram, India.

Publications include: Chandia, M. and Walley, B. (2016). Conceptual Landscapes of Global Environmental Conscientization. Paulo Freire and Transformative Education. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. pp. 69-86.

  • Professional Doctorate in Education, University of Central Lancashire, 2018 onwards
  • MA Illustration: Authorial Practice, University of Falmouth, 2016
  • Post Graduate SD1 and SD2 Qualification (enabling teaching at FE & HE level), UCLan, 2013
  • BA Illustration Degree (Hons), University of Central Lancashire, 2004
  • Climate change and environmental education
  • Refugees and asylum seekers
  • Health promotion and community resilience
  • Envirolution Cooperative co-founder and coordinator