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Dr Craig Hammond


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, utopia and pedagogy, Creative Autobiography, and Transformative 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 most recent 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 am also a Director of two Community Interest Companies which are both not-for-profit Social Enterprises, (I am a co-founding director of The Free Project CIC, and a recently appointed Director of Cycle Roots CIC). The Free Project CIC, as a community of practice works in conjunction with a number of other organisations, and as such, operates along devolved principles of 'Learning in Places'. The remit of the Free Project is based on restoring dignity, hope and future possibility to individuals and small disparate communities, who are either homeless or living in transient accommodation. One of the main catalysts behind my establishing and becoming more involved in these initiatives is that I believe that the walls of academia should become more fluid, in the sense that higher education students and their respective studies should become more involved and connected to the outside world; not only in the form of voluntary work, but also, in aligning aspects of taught and assessed work to real world contexts, (whether through research or other experiential opportunities).


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

External Examiner, Masters Foundation Programme - Social Sciences, Cambridge Education Group ONCAMPUS, 2016 - present
Regional Co-convenor, Learning and Skills Research Network, 2015 - present


Journal article

Hammond CA. 2018. Three Monkeys (2008): oblivion, anamnesis and the latent spectrality of hope Culture and Religion, 20 >DOI >Link

Hammond CA. 2018. Roland Barthes, Guy Debord and the Pedagogical Value of Creative Liberation PRISM, 1 :9-24 >Link

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


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 >Link

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 >Link

Hammond CA. 2017. Hope, Utopia and Creativity in Higher Education Pedagogical Tactics for Alternative Futures Bloomsbury Publishing 9781474261654 >Link

Book review

Hammond CA. 2018. Why Universities Should Seek Happiness and Contentment British Journal of Educational Studies, >DOI

Internet publication

Hammond CA. 2017. Creativity, Organisational Democracy & Alternative Futures >Link


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 >Link

Conference publication

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

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

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

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 >Link

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

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


Hammond CA. 2016. Aligning Supported Research & Scholarship activities with the Blackburn College Teaching, Learning & Assessment Strategy >Link

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 >Link


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

Engagement & Impact

Editorial boards:

Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity Network (CDSS), Editor, Reviewer and Conference Organiser,

PRISM: Casting New Light on Theory, Learning and Practice, Founding Editor and Member of the Journal Advisory Board,