Ismail Karolia

Ismail Karolia

Lecturer in Community Development

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Eden Building, ER313

+44 (0) 1772 89 3763

Subject Areas: Community Development

Ismail lectures on community development, community practice and service design. Research interests include race, the British Muslim experience, community governance and community development. 

Ismail is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SD2).

Full Profile

Ismail has worked as a community development practitioner in both the local government and voluntary sectors. Ismail teaches on various courses in the school, with a focus on community development, strength and asset based approaches, social action and social change.

Interests include:

  • Asset Based Community Development – theory and practice
  • The use of community development approaches to improve outcomes of physical and mental health, economic wellbeing and the lived environment.
  • Race, ethnicity and community
  • Early Intervention
  • Strength based interventions
  • The use of arts and creativity in community development and research
  • Psychosocial research methods, specifically social dreaming.
  • Service design and evaluation


  • PG Cert. Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University of Central Lancashire, 2018
  • MA. Developing Professional Practice in Management, Lancaster University, 2010
  • BA (Hons.) English Language and Literary Studies, Lancaster University, 2007

External Affiliations

  • Higher Education Academy Fellow


Karolia, I & Manley, J (2018) ‘What it Means to be a Muslim Living in Britain Today’ in Adlam, J, Klutigg, T & Lee, B (eds.) (2018) Violent States and Creative States, London, Jessica Kingsley pp. 161 - 176

Teaching activities

  • Module Lead – SWC035 – Asset Based Community Development
  • Module Lead – SW1800 – Introduction to Community Practice
  • Module Lead – SW2800 – Working in Community Practice
  • Module Lead – SW2809 – Social Action and Social Change
  • BA (hons.) Community and Social Care Year 1 Lead


  • Evaluation of ‘Local Conversations’ projects for the People’s Health Trust, UK.
  • Connected Communities Project, Broadgate, Preston, funded by Preston City Council
  • Community Action Lab – Community forum, co-lead. 


  • Organising Committee – Legacy of Fanon: Contemporary Challenges to Racism and Oppression, 2018, Liverpool Hope University
  • Manley, J. & Karolia, I. (2017) ‘The Impact of Violent Attacks by Radical Muslims on the Unconscious of British Muslims’, presentation at Interpersonal Violence Interventions -Social and Cultural Perspectives, Conference, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland, 2017.