Thesis Title: Becoming Therapeutic With Community Farm Animals
Primary Supervisor: Dr Chris Bear
Secondary Supervisor: Professor Paul Milbourne
Reviewer: Dr Mara Miele
Starting Date: October 2013
Funding Source: ESRC Studentship and Cardiff University President’s Scholarship
- BSc (Hons) Sustainable Development, First Class, University of Wales, Bangor (2010)
Membership / External Activities
- Postgraduate Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (since 2013)
- Member of the National Union of Students Sustainability Direction and Oversight Board (since 2013)
Grants and Prizes
- 'Runner up Award for Best Presentation' at the 17th Emerging New Researchers in the Geographies of Health and Impairment conference, Portsmouth, June 2014.
- Sustainable Gwynedd Gynaladwy Prize for Best Dissertation, 2010.
Areas of Research Interests
- Therapeutic Landscape Geographies
- Animal Geographies
- Assemblage Theory
- More-Than-Human Methodologies
- Community Supported Agriculture
- Care Farming
I investigate links between Community Supported Agriculture systems and experiences of health, mobilising the analytical framework of Therapeutic Landscapes to critically understand how experiences of health can form and disperse through the gathering and reorganisation of heterogeneous actants and relations. I draw upon animal geographies literature in order to explore how human-animal relations can be crucial to co-producing these therapeutic experiences. I am particularly interested in the implications of associations of health experiences for CSAs and draw on recent care farming literature to further explore this. I also position ‘health’ as not purely a human concept and question the relevance and potential of therapeutic landscape assemblages for a more-than-human geography.
“Therapeutic Landscapes and Non-Humans - Co-Creating Experiences and Perceptions of Health” – Presented at 17th Emerging New Researchers in the Geographies of Health and Impairment conference, Portsmouth, June 2014.
“De-centering the Human - Therapeutic Landscapes & Community Animal Farming” – Presented at Welsh Human GeographyPostgraduate Conference, Gregynog, March 2014.
“Food with an Animal’s Face on it - Animals and Community Supported Agriculture Farms” – Presented at Cardiff Postgraduate Food Research Conference, February 2014.
Co-convenor of Spotlight on Social Sciences interdisciplinary conference at Cardiff University, April 2014.