Dr Helen Manchester

M.Ed(Manch.), PhD(Manch.)

  • BS8 1JA


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Research interests

Urban Educational Futures, sociotechnical change and social justice: Changing educational and social landscapes bring about a need to understand education as lifelong and life-wide. For instance, ageing populations create new communities of learners (for example, in care homes) and the potential to access learning outside schools is resulting in new, experimental, online and offline educational ‘institutions’.

A significant part of my research involves working with others in the city to explore the co-design of cutting edge creative digital technologies with groups who might generally feel themselves to be excluded from the digital environment. I am also working with others in the city to explore the issues faced by the young and the old both now and in the future and to design research that increases their visibility and their chances to connect with each other in intergenerational work.

Methodological Innovation: I develop methodologically innovative approaches to research – working across disciplines to collaborate on research projects with artists, technologists, young and older people, community organisations and policy-makers. 



Research interests

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Ageing and the Life Course
  • Cabot Institute City Futures Research
  • PolicyBristolEducation
  • Urban Research Cluster
  • Digital Societies

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Tangible Memories: Community in Care (full title): Tangible Memories

Bennett, P. D., Cater, K. F., Cole, T., Kozar, S. B., Lloyd-Yeates, T., Hinder, H. & Manchester, H.


Project: Research

  • Future Cities Catapult Project

    Manchester, H. & Facer, K.


    Project: Research

  • Research Output

    Space, place and social justice in education: Growing a bigger entanglement

    Bright, G., Manchester, H. & Allendyke, S., Dec 2013, In : Qualitative Inquiry. 19, 10, p. 747-755

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • 12 Citations (Scopus)
    716 Downloads (Pure)

    School ethos and the spatial turn: ‘capacious’ approaches to research and practice

    Manchester, H. & Bragg, S., Dec 2013, In : Qualitative Inquiry. 19, 10, p. 818-827 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • 10 Citations (Scopus)

    Mapping Learning Lives

    Facer, K. & Manchester, H., Mar 2012, BBC.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


    • 1 Editorial activity

    Qualitative Inquiry (Journal)

    Helen Manchester (Guest editor)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity