Meet the researchers
Find out more about the researchers organising this year’s Festival events.
Plants, health and well-being through the ages
I am a research associate at the Sustainable Places Research Institute.
As a geographer, my research interests are in the connections between people and place. I am particularly interested in the connections between biological and cultural diversity through agriculture. My current research focuses upon communities of agro-ecological practice.
ANCHOR PEOPLES Exhibition and Conversations
Ellie Byrne is a social scientist with a particular interest in creative methods, health inequalities, political engagement, wellbeing and policy. Ellie has worked on many qualitative and arts-based projects, ranging from formal evaluations of public health interventions to performance-based debate, theatre and film making.
She currently leads the Cultural Participation Research Network, a thriving group of academics, community groups, artists, and stakeholders from the arts, culture, public and third sectors.
CASCADE Voices is a collaboration between Voices from Care Cymru and Cardiff University's Children's Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE).
They are a group of care-experienced young people who advise on research projects from design to dissemination. CASCADE researchers provide training in research methods and group facilitation. The group is supported by Voices from Care.
The group has advised researchers from universities in Wales and Northern Ireland and the third sector, on health and social care topics. Find out more about CASCADE Voices.
Local money, local power: How to involve people in decision-making
Emyr Williams is a Research Fellow working at Y Lab supporting and promoting experimentation and innovation in public services in Wales. Emyr has a strong passion for involving people in the decisions which affect them.
He is therefore exploring projects which maximise public participation in policy making as well as innovations in governance and public engagement. This includes democratic innovations such as deliberative democracy, participatory budgeting and digital democracy.
In previous roles Emyr has worked as a Community Development worker on the Gurnos estate in Merthyr, a Project Manager for a youth charity in Pontypridd, a Research Manager at Cardiff Council Scrutiny Services and as a Research officer at the Welsh Centre for Public Policy.
Redesigning low carbon energy futures in Port Talbot
Dr Christopher Groves is a Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, and a member of a social science team working as part of the FLEXIS project on decarbonising the energy system in Wales.
FLEXIS is a multidisciplinary funded by the European Regional Development Fund that includes engineers from Cardiff, Swansea and South Wales universities.
The social science team is led by Prof Karen Henwood (Social Sciences, Cardiff University), and Prof. Nick Pidgeon (Psychology, Cardiff University). Dr Groves’ research interests focus on societal approaches to dealing with risk and uncertainty, the ethical and social impact of technological innovation, and intergenerational justice.
Learning from the grassroots
Alice Taherzadeh is an ESRC Doctoral Geography Student and Marie Curie International Fellow based at the Sustainable Places Research Institute. Her transdisciplinary background includes a focus on education systems, learning and social movement organising and this shapes my current research interests.
At the intersection of Education and Geography, her research deals with the interaction between learning and sustainability with a particularly focus on sustainable food systems. She is committed to developing participatory research and working in close collaboration with third sector organisations and communities.
Her current research aims to support the development of grassroots models of farmer training in order to promote sustainable agricultural approaches such as agroecology in the UK. This includes examining the pedagogical approaches employed by farmers and identifying how models of training are shaped by different regional groups.
Renting pre-owned goods: The future of consumption?
Dr Nicole Koenig-Lewis is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Marketing at Cardiff Business School. Nicole’s research evolves around the themes of customer experiences, sustainable consumption and the sharing economy with a special focus on consumer engagement, the role of emotions and consumer attitudes.
She is the Principal Investigator for the academic research project about consumer attitudes towards the sharing economy funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant, “Reducing resource use through shared access to consumer goods – identifying subconscious barriers to nudging behaviour change”, (with Bosangit, C.).
Dr Carmela Bosangit is a Lecturer in Marketing at Cardiff Business School. Her research interests include ethical consumption, responsible business practices, the sharing economy, consumer experiences and their narratives in social media.
Past research projects focus on ethical consumption and responsible business practices in the jewellery industry, ecolabel certifications, flexible ethical consumption of tourists in St Ives and Tenby and environmentally conscious behaviour of UAE consumers.
So we’re all teacher researchers now! – how can mentoring help
Emmajane has worked in Education for 19 years, enjoying a wide range of senior leadership roles within academia, policy development and the statutory school sector.
She is a Reader in Education at Cardiff University and for the last 5yrs has been Co-Director for Masters in Educational Practice - a Welsh Government funded masters programme for Newly Qualified Teachers across Wales.
Her work is underpinned by a strong sense of 'moral purpose' in supporting the learning and development of educators, who inspire, educate and nurture learners (whether pupils, students or colleague scholars). The student experience is central to all her work as she fully believes education can and should have a transformative effect.
Body languages: Drawing your multilingual self
Tallulah Llewellyn Machinworks as Project Assistant on the MFL Student Mentoring Project, funded by the Welsh Government, and Regional Coordinator for Language Horizons, a Department for Education, England, funded project. She takes a keen interest in multilingual approaches to language learning in the UK in order to reverse the decline of MFL uptake.
Lucy Jenkins is the National Coordinator for the MFL Student Mentoring Project, based at Cardiff University, and has recently taken on the role of Project Manager for Language Horizons, a DfE funded digital mentoring project for languages. In the last year Lucy as also acted as a research assistant on an AHRC Open World Research Initiative project.
Healthy School: What do young people think?
Peter Gee's role in DECIPHer as the Public Involvement Officer is to coordinate a young people's research advisory group called ALPHA.
This group of young people are aged between 14 and 24 and their input helps ensure our research is relevant and appropriate to young people.
His role is to facilitate, monitor and evaluate the involvement of ALPHA and to use the data collected to contribute to the evidence base for effective public involvement in health research.