Angus McCabe

Angus McCabe

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology
Senior Research Fellow

Contact details

School of Social Policy
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

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 working with 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 leads the national multi-media evaluation of Big Local, a resident led change programme in 150 areas in England (see Our Bigger Story website). As a multi-media projects films about Big Local are available to view at

He is a Board Member of the International Community Development Journal, an Honorary Fellow at the Faiths and Civil Society Unit (Goldsmiths, University of London) and has been involved in training and development work with non-governmental organisations in Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).


  • M.Sc.
  • C.Q.S.W
  • B.A.


Angus teaches across Social Policy and Social Work programes. His areas of teaching include:

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

Postgraduate supervision

Angus has a particular interest in community development and community action.


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

Other activities

Angus is a trustee for the International Community Development Journal and was a member of the steering group (2017-18) of Empowered Communities 2020s – the UK inquiry into the future of communities.


McCabe, A. and Phillimore, J. (eds.) (2017) Community Groups in Context. Local activities and actions. Policy Press, Bristol

McCabe, A., Wilson, M. and Macmillan, R. (2017) Beyond the Early Years. The longitudinal multi-media evaluation of Big Local. Local Trust, London/Third Sector Research Centre, Birmingham.

McCabe, A. and Harris, K. (2017) Trouble in Utopia: Community Action and Social Media (Working Paper 140). Third sector Research Centre, Birmingham

McCabe, A. and Harris, K. (2017) Community Action and Social Media – a review of the literature (Working Paper 139). Third Sector Research Centre, Birmingham

McCabe. A., Buckingham, H., Miller, S. and Musabyimana, M. (2016) Belief in Social Action: Exploring faith groups’ responses to local needs (Working Paper 137) Third Sector Research centre, Birmingham

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.

View all working papers from the Third Sector Research Centre: Below the Radar 

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 Work? 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. 

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