Engaging masculinities in a former Welsh Pit Village: supporting preparation for training/education for new industries

This research project is in competition for funding with one or more projects available across the ESRC Wales (DTP). Usually the projects which receive the best applicants will be awarded the funding. Find out more information about the DTP and how to apply.

Application deadline: 1 February 2018

Start date: October 2018


Senghenydd is an ex-coal community in the south Wales Valleys with high levels of male unemployment. The research seeks to understand the history of male work and to devise a pilot programme aimed at supporting local men to be able to enter training/education for new industries.

It uses a co-production framework in which university and community centre work together to define and plan the research.

Project aims and methods

The approach involves:

  • an oral history of masculinity in the village, from mining to the present, linked to an understanding of the effects on that history of intergenerational relationships and current work opportunities
  • ethnographic fieldwork, including psychosocial interviewing to understand current issues relating to masculinity, work, strength of feeling about the valley in the present work-age male population
  • support and mentoring as appropriate to engage with getting local men ready for entry into suitable training, education
  • work together with the Community Centre developing a programme of discussion
  • monitoring and evaluation of the scheme, using action research principles, directly related to organisational learning.
  • dissemination of the research, paying specific attention to work with the Welsh Government to think about how to develop this approach to other areas in Wales.


Professor Valerie Walkerdine


+44 29208 75567


Senghenydd Youth and Community Centre

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