Academic

I have over 14 years experience as an academic including working as a Research Fellow for the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) and as a Research Fellow for the Centre for the Social and Economic Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen).

I have published widely in peer reviewed journals and am the author of Debating Human Genetics, published by Routledge.

A genuinely interdisciplinary academic, I have always found it difficult to summarise my areas of expertise succinctly. Broadly speaking, I have expertise in public engagement with issues relating to the environment, science and technology.

My most recent research work has been around regional governance in the context of Wales. Some of my research is soon to be published in a co-authored article in the Journal Work, Employment and Society and focuses on the issue of redundancy and the labour market in North Wales.

I have extensive and longstanding interests in the social dimensions of environmental issues – for example, mobilisations over climate justice – and in bio and techno scientific developments, such as human genetics and nanotechnology. My research interests, experience and expertise stretch from regional governance and human geography, through social movement theory and practice, to science and technology studies (STS), bioethics, environmental politics and sociology.

I regularly collaborate with other academics and maintain an affiliation to Bangor University enabling me to be a PI or Co-I on UKRC bids.

Public engagement and academia

All academics will be aware of the importance of public engagement for research ‘impact’ and the increasing emphasis being placed on public engagement by UK Research Councils.

For example the BBSRC‘s strategy for public engagement  states that it expects public engagement to be an embedded aspect of successful research bids.

The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement is an excellent website and resource for academics.

I have significant academic expertise in public engagement as theoretical concept, as policy practice, and as social phenomenon. I have researched public participation across a spectrum from green protest movements to the governance of emerging technologies and associated citizen participation initiatives.