The Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning
School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering

Maginn, Patrick

Social capital’s influence on change at levels of people, place & policy



School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering
Queen's University Belfast
Level 3
David Keir Building
Stranmillis Road
Belfast BT9 5AG
Northern Ireland


+44 (0)2890 974254


Current Research

The aim of the research is to investigate the relationship between social capital and the development trajectories that people experience in different places across the UK.  The adoption of a Capitals, Assets and Resources (CARs) perspective creates a framework that places social capital within a conceptual array that explicitly recognises the distinct dimensions of ‘capital’.  This fits well with both Liberal (Putnam’s) and Critical (Bourdieu’s) accounts of social capital.  Bourdieu’s economic, cultural and social ‘forms of capital’ may be readily accommodated alongside Putnam’s emphasis on the relationship between civic participation and social capital.  Aligned with the critical account, CARs facilitates the analysis of the structural relationality of social to other ‘forms’, while for the liberal school a more granular analysis of context becomes theoretically defensible.  The research makes use of secondary data analysis of the UK Household Panel Survey dataset, which contains 18 annual waves of a panel survey of the UK’s privately resident population from 1991 through 2008.  Latent Class Analysis provides the appropriate statistical technique for the data analysis that fits well with the contrasting methodological individualism and relational structuralism of the two competing accounts’ meta-theories.

Supervisors: Dr. Brendan Murtagh & Dr. Katrina Lloyd

Research Interests:

Social capital; social change; asset-based community development;


BA in Government
MA in Political Behaviour
MSc in Social Research


Market Research Society

Professional networks:

Irish Evaluation Network

Additional information:

Pat uses asset-based community development, rights-based and appreciative inquiry approaches.  He has particular expertise in theory-based evaluations of comprehensive community initiatives in the field of health and well-being using both quantitative and qualitative data analysis and issue-based information systems.