Dr Craig Hammond

School of Education

I started off my career as a Further Education lecturer in 1999 in the Sixth Form Centre at Blackburn College; I taught on GCSE programmes, AS/A2 level Sociology, and Adult HE Access Courses in Sociology and Criminology. In 2002 I moved across to the University Centre at Blackburn College, (then the East Lancashire Institute for Higher Education – ELIHE), to teach on and develop the BA (Hons) Social Science, Joint Honours, and Education Studies degree programmes. I gained my PhD in Sociology – from Lancaster University – in 2012; and have since gained recognition as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

I am an active academic writer and researcher, and regularly present my work at national and international events and conferences. My current writing and research is in the areas of the philosophy of education, political philosophy and education, utopia and pedagogy, pedagogy and democratic learning, Creative Autobiography; Transformative Education; complexity and knowledge; fractals and complex learning; College Based Higher Education. I have written on the use and application of Open Educational Resources (OERs); and I also write in the area of film and philosophy, (and incorporate cinematic and other cultural references into much of my work and teaching). My publication 'Hope, Utopia and Creativity in Higher Education', reappraises ideas and concepts associated with Ernst Bloch, Roland Barthes and Gaston Bachelard, with a view to enhancing the transformative, creative and collaborative potential of education. Much of my work focuses on democratising knowledge and the learning experience.

I welcome informal email enquiries from anyone interested in pursuing PhD studies in any of the above areas.

I am actively involved in the British Educational Research Association (BERA) and co-convene BERAs ‘Higher Education’ Special Interest Group. As part of this role I lead and coordinate events that explore new ideas and innovative practices on all areas of university and college-based Higher Education. I am part of LJMUs Centre for Educational Research (CERES), I sit on the CERES management group and coordinate the CERES research theme: ‘Critical Pedagogies and Theories for Post-compulsory and Informal Education’. I am an editor and events organiser for the Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity (CDSS) network and help organise national and international events at both established and less traditional HE institutions.


2012, Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom, PhD
2005, Salford University, United Kingdom, MSc
1998, University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom, BA (Hons) Education Studies with Sociology

Academic appointments

Coordinator: Centre for Educational Research (CERES), Critical Pedagogies and Theories for Post-compulsory and Informal Education, Liverpool John Moores University, 2018 - present
Co-convenor 'Higher Education' Special Interest Group, British Educational Research Association (BERA), 2018 - present
School Teaching and Learning Coordinator, Liverpool John Moores University, 2018 - present
External Examiner, Masters Foundation Programme - Social Sciences, Cambridge Education Group ONCAMPUS, 2016 - present
Editor & Event Organiser, Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity (CDSS) Network, 2016 - present


Hammond C. 2020. Caliban, Monstrosity and CBHE: College Scholarship Centres as islands of possibility Orr K, Daley M, Petrie J. Caliban’s Dance: FE after the Tempest Trentham Books. London

Hammond C. 2019. Folds, Fractals and Bricolages for Hope: Some Conceptual and Pedagogical Tactics for a Creative Higher Education Gibbs P, Andrew P. Higher Education and Hope: Institutional, Pedagogical and Personal Possibilities Palgrave Macmillan. London 978-3-030-13565-2 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Hammond CA. 2019. Folds, fractals and bricolages for hope: Some conceptual and pedagogical tactics for a creative higher education Higher Education and Hope: Institutional, Pedagogical and Personal Possibilities :135-155 9783030135652 DOI

Hammond CA. 2017. Machiavelli, Tactics and Utopia? Orr K, Maire D, Petrie J. The Principal: Power and Professionalism in FE Trentham Books. London 978-1858568447 Author Url Publisher Url

Internet publication

Hammond C. 2019. A Catechism for Oedipus: The Need for Pedagogies of Freedom, Creativity and Discovery in Higher Education Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Hammond CA. 2017. Creativity, Organisational Democracy & Alternative Futures Author Url Publisher Url

Journal article

Hammond CA. 2018. Three Monkeys (2008): oblivion, anamnesis and the latent spectrality of hope Culture and Religion, 20 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Hammond CA. 2018. Roland Barthes, Guy Debord and the Pedagogical Value of Creative Liberation PRISM, 1 :9-24 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Hammond CA. 2015. Monstrosity and the Not-Yet: Edward Scissorhands via Ernst Bloch and Georg Simmel Film-Philosophy, 19 :221-248 DOI Publisher Url Public Url


Hammond CA, Diken B, Gilloch G. 2018. Nuri Bilge Ceylan Sineması: Türkiyeli Bir Sinemacının Küresel Hayal Gücü Metis Yayinlari. Istanbul 978-605-316-128-8 Author Url Publisher Url

Hammond C, Gilloch G, Diken B. 2018. The Cinema of Nuri Bilge Ceylan The Global Vision of a Turkish Filmmaker I. B. Tauris. London 9781784538163 DOI Author Url

Hammond CA. 2017. Hope, Utopia and Creativity in Higher Education Pedagogical Tactics for Alternative Futures Bloomsbury Publishing. London 9781474261654 DOI Author Url

Book review

Hammond CA. 2018. Why Universities Should Seek Happiness and Contentment British Journal of Educational Studies, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Conference publication

Hammond CA. 2016. The Blochian trace: Hieroglyph of the Future 13th Annual Historical Materialism Conference: Limits, Barriers and Borders Author Url Publisher Url

Hammond CA. 2016. Developing & Implementing a Utopian Pedagogy in a ‘HE in FE’ context Association for Research in Post Compulsory Education (ARPCE) Author Url Publisher Url

Hammond CA. 2015. A Dynamic Utopian Praxis: Creative Liberation, Micro-Democracy & Beyond New Directions in Reconciling Solidarity and Difference in Contemporary Societies Author Url Publisher Url

Hammond CA. 2015. Research, scholarship and Leadership in a large CBHE provider: Collaborative Tactics and New Directions AoC Create - HE Research and Scholarship Conference

Hammond CA. 2013. A Mysterious Jewel of Hope, Part-Formed Possibility & Future Redemption: The Hunchback of Notre-Dame as Homo-Absconditus Hope: Probing the Boundaries Author Url

Hammond CA, Johnson P. 2012. OERs in HE in FE: Creativity for Edupunks? Cambridge 2012: Innovation and Impact - Openly Collaborating to Enhance Education Author Url Publisher Url

Hammond CA. Michel de Certeau, Guy Debord & Everyday Life: Curricular Tactics & Pedagogical Manoeuvres International Conference on Responsible Research and Transformation in Education Author Url Public Url


Hammond CA. 2016. Aligning Supported Research & Scholarship activities with the Blackburn College Teaching, Learning & Assessment Strategy Author Url Publisher Url

Hammond CA, Johnson P. 2012. Staff development in the OER era: transforming practice in HE in FE HEA/JISC Open Educational Resources case study: pedagogical development from OER practice Author Url Publisher Url


Hammond CA. Towards a Neo-Blochian Theory of Complexity, Hope and Cinematic Utopia Gilloch G, Wong YS.


Hammond CA. Dérives Against Destructive, Asinine – Tendencies: A Call to Arms for Dormant Revolutionaries Author Url Publisher Url

Research Grants Awarded:

British Academy, British Academy small grants bid entitled ‘A Catechism for Oedipus: A Critical Approach to Pedagogic Practice in Higher Education’, Grant value (£): 6,075.01, Duration of research project: 2 years. 2020

Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory Project: European Regional Development Fund Programme 2014-2020, ‘Nature 2 Nurture’ Outdoor Education facility - cascading research, facilitating networks, Ariel Edesess, Grant value (£): 11,884.00, Duration of research project: 3 months. 2020

Other invited event:

Joint Keynote Speaker: A Dialogue on Hope, Pedagogy and Utopia within, against and beyond the Neoliberal & Colonial University., Birmingham City University, This joint keynote, (along with Dr Rhiannon Firth, University of Essex - organised by BCUs CSPACE), we engaged in a dialogical approach to exploring ways in which spaces and curricular practices for utopian hope can be introduced as part of contemporary Higher Education pedagogy.. 2019

Editorial boards:

International Journal of Phlosophy, Editorial Board Member, http://www.sciencepublishinggroup.com/journal/editorialboard?journalid=204. 2019

PRISM: Casting New Light on Theory, Learning and Practice, Deputy Editor, https://openjournals.ljmu.ac.uk/index.php/prism/. 2019

Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity Network (CDSS), Editor, Reviewer and Conference Organiser, http://www.differenceandsolidarity.org/. 2015