Angus McCabe

Angus McCabe

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology
Senior Research Fellow

Contact details

Department of Social Policy and Social Work
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Angus is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham.


  • CQSW
  • MSc
  • BA


Angus has a background in community development work both in inner city and settings on peripheral estates. His research interests include resident led change, health and crime as well as community based education. Until 2006 he was Knowledge Manager for the National Evaluation of the Children's Fund and evaluator with the Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Mental Health.

He is currently seconded to the Third Sector Research Centre at the University of Birmingham and leading on the 'below the radar' work stream which is researching the experiences of small community based groups and activities. For more information on current work please visit the Third Sector Research Centre website.

He also currently leads the national multi-media evaluation of Big Local, a resident led change programme in 150 areas in England (see Our Bigger Story website). He is a Board Member of the International Community Development Journal, an Associate of the Federation for Community Development Learning and has been involved in training and development work with non-governmental organisations in Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).


Community Development, Community Organisations, Voluntary Sector Management, Partnerships, Participatory Evaluation and Action Research.


Non Govenmental Organisations, Community Participation, Neighbourhood Regeneration, Mental Health, Substance Use and Anti-Poverty Strategies.


McCabe, A and Phillimore, J (2015) Small-scale civil society and social policy: the importance of experiential learning, insider knowledge and diverse motivations in shaping community action  Voluntary Sector Review Vol 6 no 2 pp. 135-151(17).

McCabe, A and Davis, A (2013) Community development as mental health promotion: principles, practice and outcomes. Community Development Journal Vol 47 Issue 4.

McCabe, A, Gilchrist, A, Harris, K, Afridi, A, and Kyprianou, P (2013) Making the Links: Poverty, Ethnicity and Social Networks. Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York.

McCabe, A, Goodwin, P, Garry, K and Redding, V (2012) Independent Evaluation of Shelter Children’s Services. Shelter, London.

Third Sector Research Centre Below the Radar working papers are available here

McCabe, A (2011) Below the Radar in a Big Society. Third Sector Research Centre Working Paper 51

McCabe, A, Phillimore, J (2010), Understanding the distinctiveness of small scale, third sector activity: the role of local knowledge and networks in shaping below the radar actions.

McCabe, A (2010) Interim Evaluation of Shelter Children's Services/Keys to the Future programme (England and Scotland)

McCabe, A, Horsley, K (2008).  The Evaluator's Cookbook. Routledge, Abingdon, Oxford

McCabe, A, Goodwin, P (2008). From Lose Lose to Win Win: Community Interventions in the Night-time Suburban Economy. - In Drugs, Education, Policy and Prevention

McCabe, A, Goodwin, P and Garry, K (2008)  Evaluation of Community Network South West: Community Economic Development Responses Post Rover. Birmingham City Council/European Regional Development Fund

McCabe, A and Goodwin, P (2008) Offenders and Alcohol Treatment Options: A Post Code Lottery? Government Office for the West Midlands/Regional Offender Management Service, Birmingham

McCabe, A, Garry, K and Goodwin, P (2007), Refugee Employment Strategy: The Birmingham Response. Employability Forum, London

McCabe, A and Hahn, S (2006) Welfare to Work and the Emerging Third Sector in South Korea: Korea's Third Way? In International Journal of Social Welfare

McCabe, A and Hahn, S (2006) Promoting Social Enterprise in Korea and the UK: Community Economic Development, Alternative Welfare Provision or a Meants to Welfare to Wok? In Social Policy and Society.

McCabe, A, Barnes, M, Evans, R and Plumridge, G (2006) Preventative Services for Disabled Children. Department for Education and Skills, London.