Graham Bright

MSc Youth Work and Community Development (JNC) (with Distinction) Teesside University

MA Counselling (with Distinction) York St John University

I joined the University in 2012 after some eight years teaching at Darlington College where I was programme leader on the Teesside University franchised Foundation Degree in Working with Children and Young People and module leader on various Education Studies, Early Years and Counselling modules.

I combine my academic background with some twenty years of statutory and voluntary sector practice with children, young people and families.

Further Information


I teach on the BA (Hons) Children, Young People and Families, BA (Hons) Youth and Community Work, BA (Hons) Education Studies and MA Education Programmes. 


My academic interests relate to youth and community work, social policy, social inclusion, the voluntary sector, qualitative methodologies and the interface between personal biographies, vocation, formation and professional identities in the children and young people’s workforce.

My PhD study with Durham University is entitled: 'Narrating Youth Workers' Lives: Vocation, Formation and Profession'.



Bright, G. and Pugh, C. (eds.) (forthcoming, 2019) Youth Work: Global Futures. Rotterdam: Sense.

Bright, G. (ed.) (2015) Youth Work: Histories, Policy and Contexts London: Palgrave MacMillan.

Bright, G. and Harrison G. (eds.) (2013) Understanding Research in Counselling London: Learning Matters.

Chapters in books

Thompson, N., Bright, G., and Hart, P. (forthcoming) Faith-based Community Development and Youth Work in Britain. In Dinham, A. (ed.).   Faith and Community Development in International Perspective. Bristol: Policy Press.

Bright, Graham and Thompson, Naomi and Hart, Peter and Hayden, Bethany (2018) Faith-based Youth Work: Education, Engagement and Ethics. In: Alldred, Cullen, Edwards, Fusco, (eds.) Sage Handbook of Youth Work Practice. London: Sage 

Bright, G., Pugh, C. and Clarke, M. (2018) Youth Work and Agonistic Democracy in Pickard, S. and Bessant, J. (eds.) Young People Re-generating Politics in Times of Crises. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Bright, G. (2018) Child and young person-centred approaches in Robson, M. and Pattison, S. (eds) The Sage Handbook of Counselling Children and Young People. (2e.) London: Sage.


Hamilton, L., Mesa, S., Hayward, E., Price, R. and Bright, G. (2017) "There's lot of places I'd like to go and things I'd like to do": The daily living experiences of adults with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities during a time of personalised welfare reform in the UK. Disability & Society, 32 (3). pp. 287-307. 

Professional Activity

Research and Professional Conferences

Bright, G. (2015) Shared delights - exploring stories of passion, commitment and calling in becoming a youth worker. Youth Work and Faith - debates, delights and dilemmas 11th November 2015, Bradford College.

Bright, G. and Pugh, C. (2015) Youth Work and Cartographic Action: Renaming Paradoxes – Mapping Utopian Futures Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth and Community Work annual residential conference, 25th-27th June 2015, Brathay House, Cumbria.

Bright, G. (2014) ‘Vocation and Values in Reframing Moral Purpose’ Eighth International Conference on the Social and Moral Fabric of the School. Beverley, UK 28th-30th August, 2014.

Bright, G. (2014) ‘Re-imaging Youth Work as Democratic Struggle’ British Educational Research Association Youth Studies and Informal Education Special Interest Group. Newman University, Birmingham, UK 28th June, 2014.

Hayward, E., Price, R. Mesa, S., Bright, G. & Hamilton, L. ‘The impact of changes in Fair Access to Care Services thresholds on the quality of life of adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities.’ British Psychological Society North East of England Branch Annual Conference. Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK 12th September, 2014.

Bright, G. (2013) ‘Risk, School Counselling and the Development of Resilience: Re-imagining the Empirical’ Twelfth Annual European Affective Education Network Conference York: York St John University 3rd July 2013.

Bright, G. (2012) ‘Risk, School Counselling and the Development of Resilience’ Inaugural Practitioner Research Conference, Redcar and Cleveland College 15th June 2012.

Professional Memberships

Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Member of the Institute for Youth Work

Member of TAG: Training Agencies Group for Lecturers in Youth and Community Work.

Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (since 2013)

Member of the Institute for Learning

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