Bob Walley

Community Leadership Lecturer and Positive Environments Project Coordinator

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Eden Building, ER236 / Burnley Victoria Mill 203

+44 (0) 1772 89 3171

Subject Areas: Social Work, Social Care

Bob has worked with the Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership in various roles and capacities since 2004. In that time he has developed small-scale community based engagement projects into international collaborative research opportunities. He has worked on active research based engagement in places that include Nepal, Indonesia, China, India and Mongolia. In this time he has been able to inform and initiate community based learning and development research and practice on a variety of themes.

Full Profile

Presently, Bob is a lecturer on Foundation, BA (Hons) degree and Masters level modules of the Community Leadership courses, and acts as the academic advisor for the MA students. Also, in his role as Positive Environments Project Coordinator he initiates innovative community engagement projects around the North west.

Previously, Bob has been part of many national and international boards and committees on volunteering and has gained over 14 years of experience working in various roles within the voluntary and third sector.

Now, as a Doctoral Candidate with one research paper published and many more in the pipeline, Bob is actively developing research projects concerned with environmental education, integration of refugees and asylum seekers into communities, social isolation and mental health awareness.


Teaching activities and responsibilities

Lecturer on FdA, BA (Hons) and MA Community Leadership

Academic Advisor for MA Community Leadership


External Affiliations and Roles

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


2014   Research paper presentation - International ‘Paulo Freire and Transformative Education: Changing Lives and Transforming Communities’ Conference, University of Central Lancashire, UK

2012   Presentation / workshops for initiation of volunteer centres for 2014 Olympics with Russian Ministry for Education - Sochi State University, Russia

2012   Co-coordination - Global Youth Leaders conference, Tyn Dwr, UK

2010   Re-Create Project presentation - National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement and V-Inspired Conference, Westminster, UK

2009   Co-coordination - Global Youth Leaders conference, Helvellyn, UK


See more of Bob's conferences here



Community empowerment, particularly regarding environmental education, sustainability, community cohesion and the integration of refugees and asylum seekers into society.


Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership

Community engagement projects around the north west