Marina Bush

Course Leader and Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Department:School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Social Work and Social Policy

Marina Bush (formerly Marina Stott) worked for several years in a local authority community development service before joining the Social Policy team at Anglia Ruskin.


Marina has a long-standing interest in notions of 'community', identity and participation, with a particular interest in social class and marginalised communities. Marina has worked on several research projects looking at the participation and exclusion of different communities including a Gypsy and Traveller Needs Assessment, Equality and Diversity in the UK Fire Service, Poor White Communities' Perceptions of Ethnic Minorities and a Community Consultation for a housing masterplan. Marina has also examined what lessons can be learned from the New Towns programme for new community building and reviewed the Big Society plan. Marina is currently exploring successful community building in her PhD.

Research interests

  • ideas of community and community building,
  • marginalised communities and participation
  • social class, identity and belonging


Marina introduces students to research methods in their first year and in the Social Problems module examines the ways in which issues come to our attention and our responses to them. Marina explores community development knowledge and skills with students in their third year and the nature of violent crimes.


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (HE) ARU
  • MPhil in Modern Society and Global Transformations University of Cambridge
  • PG Cert in Applied Social Research ARU
  • BA Hons Sociology ARU

Memberships, editorial boards

HEA Membership

Selected recent publications

Stott, M. (2011) The Big Society Challenge Keystone Development Trust

Stott, M., Stott, N. and Wyles, C. (2009) Learning from the past? Building community in new towns, growth areas and new communities Keystone Development Trust

Steve Garner, James Cowles, Barbara Lung and Marina Stott (2008) Sources of resentment, and perceptions of ethnic minorities among poor white people in England NCF and DCLG

Recent presentations and conferences

Development Trust Association Annual Conference Sept. 12-14 2010

Researching Community: What do we know and how do we know it?