Dr Julian Manley
Research fellow in the Centre for Citizenship and Community
School of Health, Social Work and Sport
Julian researches human relations and social innovation from a psychosocial perspective. His work supports the work of the Centre for SME & Enterprise Development through connecting the university’s civic mission and the work of the Preston Model and community wealth building, in Preston and beyond. His research has developed social dreaming and the visual matrix as research methods. He is recognised as a world leading expert in social dreaming and his work on the Preston Model.
Julian is a research fellow in the Centre for Citizenship and Community. He brings together the practical and impactful aspects of the university's commitment to SME development with research into co-operative values and principles based around action research on the Preston Model, a version of community wealth building that has taken on a specific life of its own in Preston. At UCLan, he is a member of the Institute of Citizenship, Society and Change. Externally, he is a Director of the Centre for Social Dreaming and on the Executive Committee of the Climate Psychology Alliance. He is visiting research fellow at the University of the West of England and external examiner at Essex University.
Julian Manley's overall interests are in multi-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary approaches in psychosocial studies and in encouraging a more ‘holistic’, inter-subjective approach to thinking and understanding that embraces thought and feeling, intellectual and experiential, theory and practice. He has many years of experience in the field of psychosocial studies, and a background in group relations in the Tavistock tradition. He has published widely in the field of Social Dreaming, having recently published two books on the subject, including the monograph Social Dreaming, Associative Thinking and Intensities of Affect (Palgrave Macmillan 2018). The book is the first extended academic account of social dreaming and makes the case for considering social dreaming within a Deleuzian paradigm. As part of his work around Social Dreaming, Julian has helped to develop the Visual Matrix method and published several articles that demonstrate the use of visual images and free association in groups in ways that are similar to social dreaming. Julian’s research explores human relations, and the psychodynamics of relations in groups and society at many levels, very often with a focus on complexity and groups and social situations that are hard to engage with. His work encompasses social issues that defy simple explanations such as race issues, and attitudes towards climate change. He has most recently been profoundly involved with the meaning of relationships, community and citizenship in a co-operative society. He is the former Chair and founding Director of the Preston Co-operative Development Network that promotes the development of co-operative principles and values, which forms part of an on-going action research project into the validity and possibilities of learning from co-operative structures in a post-Brexit or even a post-growth society. He is recognised as one of the instigators of the Preston Model and is currently responsible for nurturing relationships and work partnerships between the University and the City Council in Preston as part of the continuing socio-economic development work and community wealth building project in Preston. He has been invited to speak at numerous public events and conferences on the Preston Model and the question of co-operatives, locally, nationally and internationally. His research and contribution to the field has been highlighted in national and international press and media, ranging from Europe to North America and Japan.
- PhD, Psychosocial Studies, (Social Dreaming), University of the West of England, 2010
- MSc, Group Relations and Society, University of the West of England, 2004
- MA, English, University of Cambridge, 1990
- DipHE Creative Arts, (Music), Middlesex University, 1986
- BA (Hons.) English, University of Cambridge, 1983
- 2004 Business West prize for exceptional work and contribution to the community from the University of the West of England and the Bristol Chamber of Commerce.
- 1984 Prize: Master’s Prize for Creative Writing, St John’s College, Cambridge University
- Social dreaming
- post-growth society
- climate psychology
- Deleuzian approaches
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
- Coordinator and member of the Psychosocial Studies Study Group of the British Sociological Association
- Director of the Centre for Social Dreaming
- Executive Committee member of the Climate Psychology Alliance
- Member of the Association for Psychosocial Studies
- Founder member of the Preston Co-operative Development Network
- Member of Co-operative Early Research Network (CERN)
Julian’s active areas of research include co-operative values and principles at work and in community. He also contributes to studies in climate change psychology. Much of his research concerns the use and theory of social dreaming and associated psycho-social research methods, such as the Visual Matrix.
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- Social Innovation at the Centre for SME Development, Innovation and Enterprise, University of Central Lancashire
- Julian is currently PI for the 2 year Open Society Foundations research and evaluation project 'Towards a participatory democracy: Developing a co-operative network and community for Preston'. The project aims to contribute to the development of a co-operative community in Preston as part of what has become known as the 'Preston Model'. In addition, Julian continues to work on small scale research projects in his role as Director of the Centre for Social Dreaming and in collaboration with the Climate Psychology Alliance.
- Open Society Foundations (2019 - 2022) ‘Towards a participatory democracy: Developing a co-operative network and community for Preston’ PI $300,000 Paul Hamlyn (2017-18) ‘Ambassador Arts’: the use of Forum Theatre with disadvantaged learners. Co-I £55,000 Wellcome Trust (2016/17) The Barometer of my Heart. A participatory arts project working with men to explore issues of potency and power in contemporary society. Co-I £16,000 Preston City Council (2017) Co-operative activity in Preston, Phase 2 PI £10,000 Preston City Council (2016) Co-operative Activity in Preston, Phase PI £10,000 Scandinavian Research Council (2016-17) ‘Transitions in Old Age: Death, Retirement, Dementia’ Co-I 250,000 NOK Government of the Basque Country (2016) ‘A psychosocial research inquiry into the culture of the Mondragón Co-operatives’ PI €20,000 Arts Council, Creative People and Places (2016-17) Heart of Glass. Evaluation of arts and social engagement programme. Co-I £40,000 Arts Council, Creative People and Places (2016-17) Super Slow Way. Evaluation of arts and social engagement programme. Co-I £40,000 Arts Council, Creative People and Places (2016-17) Left Coast. Evaluation of arts and social engagement programme. Co-I £20,000 Richard Benjamin Trust (2015) ‘Researching recovery from drug and alcohol addiction with visual methods’ PI £10,000
- Manley, J. (2020) Presentations: ‘Social Dreaming and Climate Change: Untangling Complexity, Loosening the Bonds.’ And social dreaming workshop. Glasgow University, 01.02.20
- Manley, J. (2020) ‘Co-operation and the Preston Model: Beyond ‘Urban Regeneration’’ with Julian Manley, webinar International Centre for Co-operative Management, St Mary’s University, Sobey School of Business, Nova Scotia, Canada. (24.03.20) https://www.gotostage.com/channel/6ec860805f9e42c3868151624fea6b14/recording/524f2dce541541358475bbfaced93552/watch?source=CHANNEL
- Manley, J., Hughes, C., Watt, P., Milburn, K. and Sampson, T. (2019) Carys Hughes, ‘The Municipal Commons: Urban governance and the idea of community’. Seminar at University Square Stratford, 1 Salway Road, Stratford, London E15 1NF. November 6 2019.
- Manley, J., Cummins, A-M., Hollway, W. and Crociani-Windland, L. (2019) Social Dreaming: A method for our times. University of Central Lancashire, 15.06.19.
- Manley, J. (2019) Liberate Our Futures Together, the 2019 Union Co-op Symposium. Cincinnati, USA. Paper: Education and Culture in Co-operative Community Building in Preston, UK. Panel presenter: Catalyzing Change Through Creative Financing Strategies. 15 and 16 November 2019 (By invitation)
- Manley, J. (Organiser and Chair) (2019) The Way Ahead: Linking New Research on Co-operatives and the Social Economy with New Practical Initiatives. A Co-operative Early Researcher Network (CERN) event with UCLan. 13th November 2019.
- Manley, J. (2019) Perspectives on Polarities: thinking below the surface. ISPSO Annual conference, New York, 24-30 June, convener and facilitator social dreaming workshop and social dreaming events for the week. Member of the Organising Committee. (By invitation)
- Manley, J. et al. (2019) Presentation to Open Society Foundation delegation on the Preston Model, including overview, Innovation & Enterprise, Trade Union participation, BAMME issues. UCLan 05.12.19
- Manley, J. (2019) Social Dreaming Matrix Event & Training. Brighton, 5th October 2019
- Manley, J., Prof. Hiroshi Sakai, Cllr F. Bailey, Andrew Birchall, (2019) ‘Lessons from Preston, Lessons from Sapporo -New ideas for tackling urban decline’, University of Central Lancashire, 02.09.19.
- Manley, J. (2019) ‘The Preston Model in the context of social housing’. WCCPF: Helping Children through Housing, 21st June, Westlakes Science and Technology Park
- Manley, J. (2019) Cllr Matthew Brown and Dr Julian Manley, ‘The Preston Model and the development of worker owned co-operatives’, Propeller networking event, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, 14th May.
- Manley, J. (2019) ‘The Preston Model and Community Wealth Building’, presentation for The Silvertown Sessions on Community Wealth Building, 9th May, Royal Docks Learning & Activity Centre, London E16 2J
- Manley, J. (2019) ‘Towards Co-operative Universities: The role of Trade Unions’. Presentation at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, 1st May.
- Steve Sleigh and Manley J. (2019) ‘Conversation with Steve Sleigh: Pension funds and the value creation conversation and the Preston Model’, UCLan event for Councilors, academics and the PCDN, 26th April.
- Manley, J. (2019) Bristol Transformed, Momentum event Panel Presentation, 6 April
- Manley, J. (2019) ‘Joy’ presentation at Grundy Art Gallery Blackpool to accompany the exhibition of Tina Dempsey art exhibition, ‘Joy’. 23.02.19
- Manley, J. (2019) Key-note presenter, CO-OPERATIVE COLLEGE CENTENARY WORKSHOP, Building Local Communities and Identities With Co-operatives and the Social Economy, 22 February 2019, Business School, Manchester Metropolitan University
- Manley, J. (2019) ‘Why we are blind to the facts’ Ecopedagogy series, public presentation, Locavore, Glasgow, 11 February 2019.
- Manley, J, Conaty, P. and Peck, M. (2019) ‘The converging UK-USA Union-coop consensus’, national US radio interview for WOL, the Vernon Oakes Show, January 10th, 10.30 (EST)
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