Ismail Karolia

Ismail Karolia

Lecturer in Community Builder

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Harrington Building, HA305

+44 (0) 1772 89 3763

Subject Areas: Social work, Social Care

Ismail has a background as a community development practitioner in both the local government and voluntary sectors. He worked as a Project and Operations Manager at West Lancashire CVS, supporting local community organisations and charities to develop and grow. Ismail had specific responsibilities developing a range of community development based projects, particularly using the Asset Based Community Development model.  He went on to become a Strategic Advisor to Lancashire County Council’s Working Together with Families programme. In this role, he focussed on how to embed community development approaches to improving the wellbeing and quality of life of some of the most vulnerable families across Lancashire. Ismail teaches on various courses in the school, with a focus on community development, strength and asset based approaches, social action and social change.

Full Profile

Key interests:

  • 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, particularly social dreaming.
  • Service design and evaluation


  • M.A Developing Professional Practice in Management, Lancaster University, 2010
  • B.A (Hons.) English Language and Literature , Lancaster University, 2007

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

  • Module lead – sw1800 – Introduction to Community Practice (BA [hons] Community and Social Care)
  • Module lead – SW2809 -  Social Action  and Social Change (BA [hons] Social Pedagogy, Advocacy and Participation)


Community Action Lab – Co-led with Jenny Lamb, of CVCL, the Lab acts as a networking and ideation space for local organisations and activists, with a focus on developing social good.

Membership of professional and learned bodies

  • Member of the Centre for Citizenship and Community, University of Central Lancashire.
  • HEA Fellow