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Dr Darryl Humble

Senior Lecturer

Department: Social Sciences

Darryl joined the Department of Social Sciences as a full-time member of staff in September 2013. His research and teaching seeks to explore the development of NGOs and civil society organisations in India and the UK and to rethink the nature of social research methods in practice. 

He contributes to postgraduate and undergraduate teaching in applied social research methods and international development as well as creating bespoke research methods focused CPD for public, community and voluntary sector organisations.

In recent years Darryl has held senior roles within the department including Director of Education and Deputy Head of Department. In 2016 Darryl was awarded a Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and in 2020 a European Commission Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship.


Darryl Humble

Campus Address

Lipman Building 304B
City Campus

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Darryl is a member of the Centre for International Development. He is an interdisciplinary scholar with research interests in NGOs (including how they learn, construct work and change over time); how transformative encounters shape people’s understanding of development and the ‘other’; ethnography and visual research methods, and the application of social research methods in practice settings. Darryl draws on an extensive track record of working with higher education and civil society organisations in the UK and India as a researcher, trustee, advisor and employee. Darryl’s approach to research is based on co-production, capacity building and participatory approaches to enabling organisational (and wider social) change. 

Darryl is interested in explporing research collaborations around any of the themes above, please contact him directly.

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • International Reflections on the Challenges of Entrepreneurial Education Working with Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, Valencia, A., Humble, D., Doyle, P., Skoumpopoulou, D. 20 Aug 2021, In: Economic and Business Review
  • Recasting professionalisation: understanding self-legitimating professionalisation as a precursor to neoliberal professionalisation, Humble, D. 1 Nov 2019, In: Geoforum
  • Support for UNRWA's survival, Blanchet, K., El-Zein, A., Langer, A., Sato, M., Abdulrahim, S., Abouchacra, K., Afifi, R., Agnoletto, V., Akashi, H., Alameddine, M., Ansbro, É., Araújo-Soares, V., Assefi, N., Baillie Smith, M., Bardus, M., Bhabha, J., Bjertness, E., Blanchet, K., Borghi, J., Busza, J., Cammett, M., Campbell, O., Chaaban, J., Chalmers, I., Checchi, F., Danaei, G., Dhaini, H., Diaconu, K., Diwan, I., Dominguez-Salas, P., Dubois, E., El Kak, F., El-Zein, A., Eng, E., Eyal, N., Fawzi, W., Feder, G., Fujiya, R., Furukawa, S., Furusawa, K., Futami, A., Germani, A., Ghattas, H., Giacaman, R., Goto, R., Grant, L., Greenough, P., Habib, R., Hagopian, A., Humble, D. 22 Sep 2018, In: The Lancet
  • Working for change in India’s civil society, Humble, D., Mani, H. 1 Dec 2018, In: Work, Employment & Society
  • Education, International Volunteering, and Citizenship: Young People’s Subjectivities and Geographies of Development, Baillie Smith, M., Laurie, N., Brown, E., Griffiths, M., Humble, D. Apr 2016, Geographies of Global Issues: Change and Threat, London, Springer
  • Reducing Re-Offending Group Evaluation, Myers, S., Dyer, W., Humble, D. 2014
  • “This isn’t getting easier”: Valuing emotion in development research, Humble, D. 2012, In: Emotion, Space and Society
  • Degrees without freedom? Education, masculinities and unemployment in North India by Craig Jeffrey, Patricia Jeffery and Roger Jeffery, Humble, D. May 2011, In: Journal of International Development
  • Cosmopolitan Encounters in Development Education, Humble, D. 18 Apr 2010, American Assocation of Geographers, Annual General Meetings 2010
  • What counts as development research?, Humble, D., Smith, M. 2007, In: Studies in Qualitative Methodology

Professional Activity


  • Sociology PhD November 07 2013
  • Social Research MSc July 28 2005
  • Sociology BSc (Hons) September 01 2000
  • Senior Fellow (SFHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2016

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