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Research Profile

Dr Ian Welsh 

Career Profile

Conference Organisation:

Administrative Roles:

  • SOCSI representative on Cardiff Institute for Environmental Research (CIER);
  • SOCSI representative on Humanities Faculty Board;
  • Staff Development and Equal Opportunities Team member (responsible for staff development).

Memberships / External Activities

  • Member British Sociological Association;
  • Member International Sociological Association;
  • Member Reviewing Collective Capitalism Nature and Socialism;
  • Member Editorial Board Anarchist Studies;
  • Reviews Editor Time and Society.

Editorial Activities

  • 2007 to date Member of International Advisory Board for Subjectivity;
  • 2003 to date Associate Editor, Anarchist Studies;
  • 2000  to date Member of the Editorial Board of Social Movement Studies;
  • 1997 to date Reviews Editor for Time and Society;
  • 1993 to date Member refereeing collective Capitalism, Nature & Socialism;
  • 1992 - 2003 Member of the Editorial Board of Anarchist Studies.

Refereeing Activities     

  • 2007: Article for Social Movement Studies, 1 article for Space and Culture;
  • 2005: 1 Article for Social Studies of Science, 1 Article for Science, Technology and Human Values, 1 Article for Anarchist Studies. Book proposal on Transnationalism bySteven Vertovec for Routledge; book proposal Sociology – A New Introduction, for Sage;
  • 2005: 1 Article for Space & Culture, 2 book proposals Routledge on risk and migration;
  • 2004: 4 Articles for Theory Culture and Society, 1 article Social Semiotics, Raporteur on 1 ESRC End of Award Report, Referee on 5 ESRC research bids;
  • 2003: Referee 1 article for Anarchist Studies;
  • 2002: Referee Manchester University Press. Book Proposal Changing Anarchism, by Jonathan Purkis. One article for Theory Culture and Society, one Research Fellowship bid for ESRC;
  • 2002: Referee Pluto Press. Book proposal: Another World is Possible: Social Movements Confront Capital and the State, author Dr Graeme Chesters Contract Awarded August;
  • 2002: Book proposal: The Politics of GM Food, author Dave Toke, publication recommended;
  • 2002: One article for Environmental Politics, one Article for Anarchist Studies,one article for Sociological Review, one article for Social Movement Studies, one article for New Genetics and Society;
  • 2001: Referee for two articles for Sociological Review, one article for Time and Society, one for Capital and Class;
  • 1999: Referee for one article submitted to Body and Society, one article submitted to Sociological Review, one article submitted to Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning;
  • 1998: Referee for one article for Environmental Politics, one article for Jnl. of Environmental Policy and Planning, one article for British Journal of Sociology.

Teaching Profile


  • Globalisation and Industrial Societies;
  • Environments and New Social Movements;
  • Globalisation, Risk and the Environment.


  • MSc Methods;
  • Qualitative Methods for Social Movement Research.


Current supervisions include:

  • Catherine Bennet on Risk and Flooding;
  • Kate Moles on Post Colonial Theory and Ireland;
  • Alison Elderfield on Modernity: Enchantment and Mobile Phone Use;
  • Erica Stotz on Global Governance and Climate Change;
  • Richard Watermeyer: Dramaturgy and 1960s Counter Culture in the HE sector;
  • Samuel Sarpong: Multinationals and the Social Perspective within the Wassa West district of Ghana.

Successful Supervisions:

  • Lena Errikson, Stephen Ward, Derrek Wall, Derrick Purdue, Richard Cleminson, John Roberts, Jonathan Scourfield;
  • Personal Tutor on all years of SOCAS Undergraduate Programme.