Previous Projects

evaluation of National Ecosystems Services Follow On project work on behalf of the Wales Environment Research Hub (completed August 2013).

March 2009- April 2012
Research Fellow, Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD), Bangor University My core research focus was the ‘localities’ programme http://www.wiserd.ac.uk/research/phase-1-reserach-programmes-2008-2011/localities/; this mixed methods, multi- institutional, inter-disciplinary programme provided unique insights into stakeholders’ perspectives on localities, local knowledge, and policy spaces in the context of devolution. Stakeholder- led ‘spin off’ projects and knowledge transfer initiatives were developed from the core programme. These included:
• Qualitative research on local civil society in North Wales villages,
• Qualitative and mixed methods research on the impacts of redundancy on workers at Anglesey Aluminium.
• Evaluating the Women’s Turnaround Service in North Wales (NOMS funded)

I also designed, and annually delivered, a module on the use of qualitative software programme Nvivo for the department’s MA in research methods. I also designed and delivered an undergraduate module on social movements, protest, participation and public engagement, introducing Social Movement Theory and Science and Technology Studies, drawing on empirical case studies from my previous research.

March 2003- Feb 2009
Research Fellow, at ESRC funded Centre for the Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen). Flagship Project: ‘The Emerging Politics of Human Genetic Technologies’http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fss/cesagen/politics/. This research traced the engagement of different ‘prime movers’ with a variety of human genetics innovations and applications. The research identified the UK policy environment and the ways in which different ‘publics’, including scientists, were engaged in this. My 2010 book ‘Debating Human Genetics’ identified public ‘hybridity’, and boundary blurring between roles, as a key phenomenon in this domain.

2002-2003
Sustainable Development public policy researcher on the SCEnE (Sustainability, Community, Environment and Economy) project, Bangor University, part of the Welsh Assembly Government TASK programme. Role entailed working directly with stakeholders, particularly businesses and NGOs, to develop regionally specific sustainable development indicators and identifying good practice. Entailed interdisciplinary collaboration to develop holistic sustainable development indicators.