Professor Julian Stern
Julian Stern is Professor of Education and Religion at York St John University. He was a schoolteacher for fourteen years, and has worked in universities for twenty-eight years. Julian is widely published: his books include Mastering Primary Religious Education (with Maria James, 2019), A Philosophy of Schooling: Care and Curiosity in Community (2018, @2018Care), Teaching Religious Education: Researchers in the Classroom: Second Edition (2018), Can I Tell You About Loneliness (2017), Virtuous Educational Research: Conversations on Ethical Practice (2016), Loneliness and Solitude in Schools: How to Value Individuality and Create an Enstatic School (2014), The Spirit of the School (2009), Schools and Religions: Imagining the Real (2007), and Involving Parents (2003).
Professor Margaret Ledwith
From a very young age, I was aware of social injustice, but had no insight into the way that power permeates people’s lives to favour some at the expense of others. This changed dramatically when I was introduced to the thinking of Paulo Freire and Antonio Gramsci at Edinburgh University studying Community Learning and Development by David Alexander. From then, I saw power as a tangible discriminatory force in everyday life, and began taking Freire and Gramsci into feminism, anti-racism and intersectionality, both as a community development practitioner and in my books. To date, the culmination of my thought is captured in the third edition of Community Development: A Critical and Radical Approach, published 2020. I am committed to emancipatory action research as a living praxis for social and environmental justice practitioners and activists, and most particularly the role of storytelling in provoking critical dialogue and action for change.
Professor Imogen Tyler
Imogen Tyler is a Professor of Sociology and Head of the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University. She is author of Stigma: the Machinery of Inequality (2020), and Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain (2013). Imogen is also an anti-poverty campaigner and community activist, and a trustee of the national Poverty Truth Network.
Ms Marie Dailly
Sheila Allan is Community Health Inequalities Manager employed by Dundee City Council and working closely with the Health and Social Care Partnership. Sheila has a Post Graduate Certificate in Community Education, a Master of Public Health degree, and over 25 year’s experience in the field of community development and health. She has attracted significant investment from a range of local and national sources to address health inequalities and is currently the senior lead for a number of CLD and clinical teams, including the Sources of Support social prescribing link workers in GP practices. Sheila has particular interest in building the capacity of staff from all sectors to be poverty sensitive, address health inequalities, and integrate social prescribing approaches into their practice.