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Centre for Social Justice and Change (CSJC)

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About us

The Centre for Social Justice and Change (CSJC), formerly the Centre for Institutional Studies (CIS) is dedicated to undertaking high quality research, which contributes to the development of theory and knowledge, and to the improvement of public policies both nationally and internationally.


Maja Korac 

Massimo de Angelis

The Centre has a long history of working with visiting professors and research fellows in order to enhance the breadth and depth of our research. Each visitor has skills, knowledge, and expertise which complement those of the staff at CSJC and each has a particular expertise related to policy making.

Professor Atsushi Fuji
is a senior researcher and academic, Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan with extensive involvement and experience researching the third sector and social enterprises. He has co-authored five books on his area of specialisation as well as numerous articles in leading journals.

Andy Gregg is chief executive of Race on the Agenda (Rota). Andy has a long association with London voluntary organisations, particularly through management roles at the London Advice Services Alliance and Islington Voluntary Action Council, and trustee roles on London-wide bodies. He has been a community development worker, a volunteers’ organiser, a community centre director, a freelance journalist and a philosophy tutor.

Andrea Kelmanson is a freelance consultant working with has third sector organisations. Andrea was director for the National Centre for Volunteering, and Deputy Director: National AIDS Trust. Andrea has contributed significantly to policy and practice in the volunteering field, particularly in volunteer management, and has an established reputation in organisation development, and strategic consultancy.

Angus Ritchie is a founding director of the Contextual Theology Centre in Tower Hamlets, a Centre for Christian engagement in community organising, with research and placement partnerships with Oxford, East London and Notre Dame Universities.  He is a member of Chaplaincy Council at the University of East London. Angus is very active in East London with London Citizens.

Max Weaver brings immense experience of teaching, research, knowledge exchange, administration and governance from his thirty years at London Metropolitan, London Guildhall, and London South Bank Universities, and at Kingston Polytechnic. Max was chief executive of Community Links and is very knowledgeable about the voluntary sector, the management of community organisations, and is active as a trustee.

Massimo De Angelis: Professor

Robert Michael Ahearne

Nicola Diamond

Giorgia Donà

Paul Dudman

Darren Ellis

Jon Griffith

Timothy Hall

Catherine Olive Hobby

David Hyde

David Jones

Maja Korac

Gladius Kulothungan

Maritsa Poros

John Pratt

Heather Sarah Price

Siobhan Riordan

Siraj Sait

Alice Sampson

Meera Tiwari

Myrto Tsilimpounidi

Angie Voela

Georgie Wemyss

Katie E. Wright

Research by Theme

Institutional Studies was established in 1970. It has a distinctive approach to policy analysis, evaluation and institutional effectiveness and a long history of researching policies and practices related to urban regeneration in East London, crime, poverty, inequality, community and voluntary organisations. Find out more.

This strand engages in multidimensional human centred development using the capability approach and commons approaches in both developed and developing country contexts. Find out more.

This multidisciplinary strand is dedicated to the study of conflict-induced displacement, human rights, development and human mobility at local, national and global levels. Our research is people-centred with emphasis on human security that combines both human rights and human development. We consider development as an important security strategy and consider displacement a measure of human security. Find out more.


De Angelis, M. (2017) Omnia Sunt Communia: On the Commons and the Transformation to Postcapitalism, Zed Books

The Centre's Research Reports either draw on findings from original empirical research or make conceptual contributions to theoretical perspectives pertinent to social justice and inequality. The views expressed in the reports are solely those of the author/s who retain the copyright. Comments on individual Research Reports are welcomed, and should be directed to the author/s. View publications.

The Centre’s Working Paper Series is intended to aid the distribution of research findings, special lectures and work in progress by researchers and associates of the Centre. Papers aim to generate discussion among scholars, policymakers and practitioners. The views expressed in the papers are solely those of the author/s who retain the copyright. Comments on individual Working Papers are welcomed, and should be directed to the author/s. View publications.

The Centre's Provocation Commentaries provide an opportunity for research staff, associates, and practitioners to raise issues of concern and to contribute to policy and practice debates. Responses to these commentaries are welcomed. View publications.