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Institute for Social Change

Professor Robert Putnam

Professor Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Visiting Professor at the Institute for Social Change. As well as overseeing the collaborative projects undertaken by SCHMi, Professor Putnam is co-director of the Manchester Graduate Summer Programme in Social Change.

Winner of the 2006 Johan Skytte prize, named one of the Guardian’s top 100 intellectuals and a member of both the American National Academy of Science and the British Academy, Putnam charted the 30-year-decline of social connectivity in the US and articulated the atomised nature of modern life in his book “Bowling Alone”. The work has been the subject of heated debate among politicians and commentators – including Tony Blair, Bill Clinton, and George Bush – since it was published in 2000.

Visit Professor Putnam’s page at the Harvard School of Government here, and also The Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America


Professor Robert Putnam (centre)

Professor Alistair Ulph, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Manchester (left)

David Buckley, MD of Goldman Sachs International Ltd, a Manchester graduate and benefactor to the Manchester Graduate Summer Programme in Social Change (right).

(Picture taken at the University of Manchester’s Cockcroft-Rutherford Lecture, 2008)


Professor Putnam in the media

Today Programme interview with Robert Putnam, [Audio File], BBC Radio 4, 06/06/06

'Social capital' pioneer leads joint UK-US social project, The Guardian, 03/10/06

People in mixed-race areas 'feel isolated', The Daily Telegraph, 19/06/07

Don't hunker, but embrace instead, The Guardian, 22/06/07

Capital ideas, The Guardian, 18/07/07

Interview with Robert Putnam on community, identity & trust, [Audio File], The Guardian, 18/07/07