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Research Profile

Dr Fiona Shirani  

    • Energy Biographies: Understanding the Dynamics of Energy Use for Energy Demand Reduction
      Energy demand reduction will be key to achieving long-term national policy goals, including the transition to a low carbon economy, energy security and affordability, and mitigating environmental impacts. This research will contribute to knowledge about energy demand reduction by taking a novel approach that examines people's everyday energy behaviour and practices as dynamic biographical processes.
      By studying the development and maintenance of people's energy practices, as well as significant opportunities for change in this way, the project aims to contribute to policy development.
      The project aims to develop improved understanding of which different community configurations can provide a strong basis for transitions in everyday energy consumption and practices when framed around people's biographies.
      The research will also explore the utility of innovative (narrative, longitudinal and visual) methodological approaches for engaging people with their own energy practices.

    • Connected Communities: A review of theories, concepts and interventions relating to community-level strengths and their impact on health and well being
      This project reviewed the published and grey literature on the nature of community level strengths, qualities and resources and the implications of these for health and well-being outcomes. The first part of the study was scoping and consolidation of the theoretical and conceptual literature underpinning current approaches to strengthening communities and the second a mixed method systematic review to synthesise evaluations of programmes and interventions. The purpose of this dual approach is to clarify the theory underpinnings of interventions and policy approaches and their relationship to plausible and actual health outcomes.

    • Masculinities, identities and risk, transition in the lives of men as fathers
      Becoming a father for the first time can be a life-changing experience. The Men as Fathers project seeks to find out just how life-changing it is, by drawing on and extending a previous Economic and Social Research Council-funded project (ESRC) carried out from 1999 to 2001. The extended project explores ways in which men come to terms with becoming a first-time father and any implications this has for their identities, relationships and lives over time.
      To shed light on critical turning points in men’s life histories (such as pregnancy, birth of child and changes to daily routines) and on the meaning and significance of biographical change, a carefully crafted qualitative longitudinal dataset was generated, analysed and archived. This involved a substantive and methodologically innovative meta- and re-analysis of existing longitudinal data collected before and after the birth of a first child to provide a more focused understanding of temporalities in the experiences of fathers over a time of intensive change in their lives. A fourth round of interviews with the same sample provided a unique opportunity for a long-term follow up of the men as fathers almost a decade later. Widening the existing sample to include a more diverse cohort of first-time fathers in South Wales provided the means for comparative investigations across a geographically, socially and culturally diverse sample. Men as Fathers pages. Timescapes pages.

    • Learning as Work
      An ESRC-funded investigation into the relationship between workplace learning, the organisation of work, and performance. The project involved research in a wide range of public and private sector organisations covering different workplace sizes and a variety of industries. The aim of the project was to use organisational case studies to explore the relationship between learning processes and outcomes (e.g. performance/productivity). In particular, the research focussed on the ways in which the features of the workplace interact with processes of individual/group learning at work.