Mr Dave Beck

  • Lecturer (Community Development) (People, Place & Social Change)

Biography

Having trained as a Primary Teacher, Dave worked in Play, Homelessness, Community Development, Community-based Adult Education and managed a large non-vocational programme in a Further Education College in Nottingham.

In the mid-nineties he returned to Glasgow and launched a community project which trained people who were far removed from the jobs market to become community workers, incorporating a qualification from the University of Glasgow.

Since joining the University in 1999, he has developed undergraduate and post-graduate programmes in Community Development, greatly increasing the University's profile in this area. His research outputs include books exploring Popular Education and Community Organising and a range of articles covering issues such as community-based addictions, social capital and university/community partnerships.

Dave has been a board member of the International Association for Community Development and The Federation for Community Development Learning and is a member of the Community Learning and Development Standards Council. He is also joint editor of the Radical Community Work Journal.

He is currently working on a book rethinking the purpose and methods of Community Development for the 21st Century.


Research interests

Research interests

My research interests lie in the field of Community Development. 

My current focus is on Radical theories and forms of practice and how they shape the way that practitioners think and operate within a Neoliberal context.

I am also interested in Community Organising theories and models and how they harness people power for sustainable social change.

I am also interested in how the theories of Freire and Gramsci can act as an explanatory framework for the context of Community Development practice and provide insights into empowering practice for social change. Finally I am interested in how the concept of Social Capital is understood and used by policy makers, Community Developement practitioners and local people and how this concept can be used to ensure the development of strongly bonded communities which are able to analyse and transform their social situations. 


Teaching

My teaching expertise is focussed on Community Development, in particular Freirean and radical approaches to learning and social change and participative approaches to research, planning and action to develop individual and collective empowerment.

I manage the Post Graduate Community Development programmes in the School of Education:

The MEd Community Learning and Development

This is a professional qualification for people who want to work in a community context to support people to effect social change across a range of contexts and issues

The MSc Advanced Community Development

This is an online, internationally focussed programme responds to the increasing use of a Community Development approach to dealing with a wide range of social, economic and environmental issues worldwide and the resultant requirement for high level education for experienced practitioners in these fields.


Additional information

I have worked extensively with practitioners and service users to develop user involvement and a Community Development approach to employment. This has been primarily through Glasgow’s Equal Access Project. Examples of this work are: developing a practitioners forum in the South West of Glasgow, working with groups of service users with mental health problems to raise awareness of their issues with policy makers and working with groups of workers and service users from the statutory and voluntary sector to explore ways of increasing user participation and power in the delivery of local services.

I have been actively involved in a range of national and internation networks including, the International Association for Community Development, the Federation for Community Development Learning and the Community Learning and Development Standards Council for Scotland

I recently established and am chairperson of a community organisation in my local area which is working on environmental and social issues within the community

Racical Community Work Journal

I am the Co-Editor of the Radical Community Work Journal which provides a global platform for dialogue around developments in Community Work Practice and encourages collaborations around research and practice in the area of social change.


Publications

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Number of items: 10.

2016

Beck, D. (2016) Re-seeing and re-naming the world: community development and prefigurative democratic work. Radical Community Work Journal, 2(1),

2015

Beck, D. and Purcell, R. (2015) Editorial [Inaugural Issue]. Radical Community Work Journal, 1(1),

Beck, D. and Purcell, R. (2015) Everyday experience and community development practice. Radical Community Work Journal, 1(1),

2013

Beck, D. and Purcell, R. (2013) Developing generative themes for community action. In: Curran, S., Harrison, R. and Mackinnon, D. (eds.) Working with Young People [2nd ed.]. Sage: Los Angeles, C.A., USA. ISBN 9781446273272

Beck, D. and Purcell, R. (2013) International Community Organising: Taking Power, Making Change. Policy Press: Bristol. ISBN 9781847429766

2012

Beck, D. (2012) A community of strangers: supporting drug recovery through community development and Freirean pedagogy. Journal of Progressive Human Services, 23(2), pp. 110-126. (doi:10.1080/10428232.2012.666725)

2010

Beck, D. and Purcell, R. (2010) Popular Education Practice for Youth and Community Development Work. Series: Empowering youth and community work practice. Learning Matters: Exeter, UK. ISBN 9781844452071

2008

Beck, D. (2008) Co-investigation of social capital. In: Doyle, L., Tibbitt, J., Welsh, P. and Adams, D. (eds.) Building Stronger Communities: Connecting Research, Policy and Practice. NIACE: Leicester, UK. ISBN 9781862013452

2007

Beck, D. (2007) Adding some glue to the pot: community development, education and the development of social capital. Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts, pp. 78-108.

2006

Beck, D. (2006) Together for change: a partnership approach to individual and community learning. In: Chapman, J.D., Cartwright, P.J. and McGilp, J. (eds.) Lifelong Learning, Participation and Equity. Series: Lifelong learning book series (5). Springer: Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp. 105-121. ISBN 9781402053214

This list was generated on Wed Jun 26 11:47:14 2019 BST.
Number of items: 10.

Articles

Beck, D. (2016) Re-seeing and re-naming the world: community development and prefigurative democratic work. Radical Community Work Journal, 2(1),

Beck, D. and Purcell, R. (2015) Editorial [Inaugural Issue]. Radical Community Work Journal, 1(1),

Beck, D. and Purcell, R. (2015) Everyday experience and community development practice. Radical Community Work Journal, 1(1),

Beck, D. (2012) A community of strangers: supporting drug recovery through community development and Freirean pedagogy. Journal of Progressive Human Services, 23(2), pp. 110-126. (doi:10.1080/10428232.2012.666725)

Beck, D. (2007) Adding some glue to the pot: community development, education and the development of social capital. Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts, pp. 78-108.

Books

Beck, D. and Purcell, R. (2013) International Community Organising: Taking Power, Making Change. Policy Press: Bristol. ISBN 9781847429766

Beck, D. and Purcell, R. (2010) Popular Education Practice for Youth and Community Development Work. Series: Empowering youth and community work practice. Learning Matters: Exeter, UK. ISBN 9781844452071

Book Sections

Beck, D. and Purcell, R. (2013) Developing generative themes for community action. In: Curran, S., Harrison, R. and Mackinnon, D. (eds.) Working with Young People [2nd ed.]. Sage: Los Angeles, C.A., USA. ISBN 9781446273272

Beck, D. (2008) Co-investigation of social capital. In: Doyle, L., Tibbitt, J., Welsh, P. and Adams, D. (eds.) Building Stronger Communities: Connecting Research, Policy and Practice. NIACE: Leicester, UK. ISBN 9781862013452

Beck, D. (2006) Together for change: a partnership approach to individual and community learning. In: Chapman, J.D., Cartwright, P.J. and McGilp, J. (eds.) Lifelong Learning, Participation and Equity. Series: Lifelong learning book series (5). Springer: Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp. 105-121. ISBN 9781402053214

This list was generated on Wed Jun 26 11:47:14 2019 BST.