Prof. David Morris

Professor of Mental Health, Inclusion and Community

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Harrington Building, HA109

+44 (0) 1772 89 2780

Subject Areas: Mental Health

David Morris is Professor of Mental Health, Inclusion and Community and Director of the Centre for Citizenship and Community, a collaboration with the Royal Society for Arts involving also the Royal Society for Public Health and London School of Economics, which aims to lead and support across public service domains, the learning and innovation needed for services that integrate the value of social networks and community assets in achieving wellbeing and inclusion outcomes. With a  professional background in social work, David has worked in the NHS, voluntary, central and local government sectors. Prior to his current role, he established and led the National Social Inclusion Programme at the National institute for Mental Health in England.

David is research active within the area of connected communities; social capital; social work and social policy.

In response to an invitation from the Wellesley Institute in Toronto, Ontario, Professor Morris undertook a week-long lecture tour on his research and the work of the Centre for Citizenship and Community on Connected Communities.

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David has a long standing professional, policy and research interest in social inclusion and community engagement. Research for his PhD ‘Community Engagement and Social Inclusion in Mental Health; the Development of Policy and the Role of Primary Care in Inclusive Practice’ was undertaken at Manchester University. He has founded, and led a number of partnership - based development programmes in this field, including in 2002-3, the Community and Citizenship Programme at the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health. He has contributed widely both nationally and internationally in advisory and consultative roles and through programme and journal editorial boards, conferences, research, learning and leadership networks to the development of policy and practice on inclusion and community.

David also holds a Visiting Academic Associate post in the Health Service and Population Research Department of the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London.


Kidd, S.A., Frederick, T, Tarasoff, L, Virdee, G, Lurie, S, Davidson, Lesley, Morris, David and McKenzie, K (2016) Locating Community among People with Schizophrenia living in a Diverse Urban Environment. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, 19 (2). pp. 103-121. ISSN ISSN: 1548-7768 (Print)

Thomas, Paul and Morris, David (2016) Integrating primary mental health care and mental health promotion. British Journal of General Practice (BJGP), 66 (643). pp. 60-61. ISSN 0960-1643

Thomas, Paul and Morris, David (2015) A network of activists for community-oriented integrated care - Editorial. London Journal of Primary Care, 7 (6). pp. 107-108. ISSN 1757-1472 Item not available from this repository

Parsfield, Matthew, Morris, David, Bola, Manjit, Knapp, Martin, Park, A-La, Yoshioka, Maximilian and Marcus, Gaia (2015) Community Capital: The Value of Connected Communities. Project Report. RSA Action and Research Centre, London.

Newlin, Meredith, Webber, Martin, Morris, David and Howarth, Sharon (2015) Social Participation Interventions for Adults with Mental Health Problems: A Review and Narrative Synthesis. Social Work Research, 39 (3). pp. 167-180.

Morris, David (2012) Co-producing Mental Health Services with Communities: Making the Case. In: Making Health and Social Care Personal and Local: Moving from Mass Production to Co-Production. Governance International , Birmingham , pp. 78-80. ISBN 978-0-9572533-0-8

Seebohm, Patience, Gilchrist, Alison and Morris, David (2012) Bold but balanced: How community development contributes to mental health and inclusion. Community Development Journal . ISSN 0010-3802

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