Thesis Title: Becoming Therapeutic With Community Farm Animals
Primary Supervisor: Dr Chris Bear
Secondary Supervisor: Dr Geoff DeVerteuil
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)
- Member of the Community Supported Agriculture Network UK’s Directorship Board (since 2015)
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
- Community Supported Agriculture
- Therapeutic Landscapes & Spaces
- Animal Geographies
- Assemblage Theory
- Care Farming
- More-Than-Human Methodologies
My research involves examining local and alternative food networks, particularly Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms and projects, and critically exploring the contested roles of the animals on these farms, aiming to contribute to contemporary understandings of human-animal relationships. There’s been a great deal of research on CSA and related models of alternative agriculture, but very little attention has been paid as to how animals fit into such systems. My research seeks to explore the barriers that exist towards successfully integrating a livestock element into a community supported agriculture model of farming.
I’m also interested in the uses of animals within structured care farming practices, and how animal life can help create a space of positive health and wellbeing for vulnerable people. My research seeks to develop a critical understanding of the role of non-humans within geographies of therapeutic spaces; exploring how animals’ positioning within these landscapes can be ambiguous and unstable.
“Cold-Blooded Animals in Therapeutic Spaces: Affective Encounters With Unfamiliar Species” – Presented at the British Animal Studies Network ‘Cold Blood(ed)’ Conference, Cardiff, October 2015.
“Therapeutic Landscapes and Non-Human Animals: Therapeutic for Whom?” – Presented at the Nonhuman Animals and Posthuman Futures Graduate Symposium, Warwick, July 2015.
“Community Supported Agriculture & Livestock” – Presented at the Community Supported Agriculture Network UK Annual Conference, Leamington Spa, July 2015.
“Multi-Species Ethnography and a More-Than-Human Therapeutic Landscape” – Presented at the Nordic Geographers Meeting, Tallinn, June 2015.
“Therapeutic Landscapes and Non-Humans - Co-Creating Experiences and Perceptions of Health” – Presented at the 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 the Welsh Human Geography Postgraduate 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.