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Dr Rick Bowler

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Senior Lecturer

I'm a tutor on the Community and Youth Work Studies Programme based at the University of Sunderland. I've worked in a range of professional fields including Mental Health, Youth Justice, Substance Misuse, Youth Work and Community Development for 20 years. Since 1996, I've worked as an academic balancing reach out, research and teaching.

I was involved in the early stages of the development of Young Asian Voices and the Bangladeshi Cultural and Community Centre in Sunderland. I also served for 10 years on the Board of Directors of the North of England Refugee Service. As a researcher I have worked with gypsies and travellers, Bangladeshi elders, refugees and asylum seekers, youth workers and working-class young people drawn from the Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and white communities.

The crisscrossing themes arising from this work have helped me to maintain vigilance in the struggle for social and racial justice. My doctoral thesis explored the personal and professional journeys of qualified community youth workers in becoming critical anti-racist practitioners within the mono-cultural landscapes of Northern England. 

Teaching and supervision

I am the module leader for 6 modules spanning the Community Youth Work and Social Work programmes:

  • CYW 128 Learning from Lives
  • CYW 235 Ethical Practice
  • CYW 236 Field Work Placement Part 1
  • CYW 320 Equality, Diversity and Social Justice
  • CYW 321 Research for Practice Dissertation
  • SWK 321Social Work Research Methods


I am currently co-working with Dr Amina Razak on a 3-phase research project titled 'Mapping the Needs of Young Members of Young Asian Voices in Sunderland'. The phase 1 report is now available.

I have completed field research undertaken with Dr Sheila Quaid exploring Anti-Oppressive Practice, Discomforting Pedagogies and Difficult Moments in Teaching and Learning. I am in the process of analysing the data and wokring with colleagues to write up the findings.   

I am currently working with Professor Trish Winter, Associate Professor Caroline Mitchell and Dr Amina Razak on an interdisciplinary participatory action research project provisionally titled 'Vocal Local and Transnational Voices on Integration: A participatory Action Research Project  emerging from the concerns of British Asian Muslim Mackems'


Number of items: 7.


Bowler, Rick (2006) Countering Racisms: Reflections from working with young people. R.SharD FuTR.

Book Section

Bowler, Rick (2017) Critical youth and community work and its struggle with white standards. In: Community Organising Against Racism: ‘Race’, Ethnicity and Community Development. Policy Press, Bristol, pp. 41-60. ISBN 978-1447333760

Bowler, Rick (2013) The Risky Business of Challenging Risk: youth work, young people and the lense of race. In: Constructing Risky Identities in Policy and Practice. Palgrave. ISBN 9781137276070

Bowler, Rick and Iman, F U (2010) Youth Workers as critical interpreters and mediators: Ethical issues in working with Black young people. In: Ethical Issues in Youth Work. Routledge, pp. 139-156. ISBN 978-0-415-49970-5

Bowler, Rick (2010) Learning from Lives. In: Using theory in Youth and Community Work Practice. Learning Matters/ Sage. ISBN 978-1844453009


Bowler, Rick and Razak, Amina (2017) Voicing the Needs of YAV’s Young People Sunderland. Project Report. University of Sunderland, Sunderland.

Bowler, Rick (2017) Whiteness, Britishness and the Racist Reality of Brexit. Working Paper. University of Sunderland, Sunderland.

This list was generated on Wed Aug 5 07:27:21 2020 BST.
Community and youth work
Critical race theory
Anti-racist education

Last updated 29 October 2019

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