Meet the researchers
Find out more about the researchers organising this year’s festival events.
Field to fforc: A people’s assembly
At the Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACE) we have been documenting the impact of the pandemic on the food system, working with various people across the Welsh food system responding to the crisis.
This work connects with the research programme at PLACE which aims to take a holistic and integrated approach to exploring place-based food interactions.
MyJourney to acceptance - when does it start?
Bethan Rowbottom is a PhD Student at Cardiff University, with a master’s degree in reproductive science. Working in a fertility clinic and policy team at the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) she developed her passion for patient-centred care, resulting in her engagement in research that she hopes will contribute to better support for patients. Her PhD aims to develop an evidence-based psychological intervention, supporting those who have been unable to achieve the family they desire, through infertility or circumstance. She hopes her research will increase awareness about the experience of undesired childlessness and its negative impact on mental health.
Who cares for those leaving care? Care leavers' experiences during COVID-19 and lockdown
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.
Teching 9-5: New technology and unions
Cate Hopkins is a PhD student at Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Culture’s Data Justice Lab, where her studies are funded by the ESRC. Her research focuses on workplace surveillance and the ways in which it impacts upon trade union organising. Her broad research interests include surveillance, industrial relations, political activism and resistance. Cate has been active in the trade union movement for over ten years and has served as a workplace representative on a number of Executive Committees. She has a BA in Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies from Cardiff University and an MSc in Social Science Research Methods.
Changing coasts: Climate change adaptation in YOUR community
Dr Emma McKinley (@EmmaJMcKinley) has been a Research Fellow at Cardiff University for four years. Her research focuses on understanding the complex relationship between society and the sea, taking account of diverse types of perceptions, attitudes and values held by different communities and audiences, and considers how this insight can be used to support effective ocean governance. In September 2018, Emma founded the Marine Social Science Network, a global, interdisciplinary community of researchers and practitioners working across marine social sciences, which she chairs. Emma is also Chair of the Royal Geographic Society’s Coastal and Marine Research Group and actively works to promote the inclusion of marine social sciences within decision making for the UK’s marine and coastal environment.
Peacebuilding in Northern Ireland: Theoretical and practical perspectives
Dr Giada Lagana is a Research Associate at the Wales Governance Centre, Cardiff University. She works on the ESRC ‘Between Two Unions’ project with Professor Daniel Wincott, examining the impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU) on the UK’s internal constitutional and intergovernmental arrangements. She has recently completed a book, entitled ‘The role of the European Union in the Northern Ireland peace process’, with Palgrave McMillan. Giada started out as an historian, completing her undergraduate studies in modern and contemporary history at the University of Pavia (Italy). She then obtained an MA in international relations and history, under the joint supervision of Didier Poton (Université de La Rochelle) and Michel Catala (Université de Nantes).
Putting your money where your mouth is
Robert Callaghan is a Research Associate working at Y Lab, the Public Services Innovation Lab for Wales. Rob works on Innovate to Save, a Welsh Government funded programme, supporting public servants to improve services and save money. He’s currently working on a project looking into inclusion in public service innovation funding programmes.
Before Y Lab, Rob worked on studies of the public service broadcasters assessing their coverage of devolution, statistics and political balance during elections.
Y Lab is a partnership between Cardiff University and Nesta, the innovation foundation, working to support public service innovators in Wales with funding, expertise and guidance to experiment and test their ideas.
Creative entrepreneurs: small business resilience and pivoting during COVID-19
Dr Amy Yau is a lecturer in the Marketing and Strategy section at Cardiff University. Amy's PhD at University of Bath was on an Economic Social Research Council full scholarship, the thesis was titled "People, Places and Spaces: Theorising Consumer Re-enculturation". Amy's professional experience is within market research and marketing consultancy companies in London and Australia.
Amy's research interest involves exploring various aspects of consumer research and social cultural marketing through the use of qualitative methods. Current research areas include: consumer acculturation and global mobility, creative small businesses, social media, and entrepreneurship, sustainable and collaborative consumption,
The Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain: Between Creativity, Community and Commodification
Dr Francesca Sobande is a lecturer in digital media studies at the School of Journalism, Media and Culture (Cardiff University) and an affiliate of the Data Justice Lab. She is director of the BA Media, Journalism and Culture programme and is communications co-chair of the international Race in the Marketplace (RIM) Research Network. Her research has been published in journals such as European Journal of Cultural Studies, European Journal of Marketing, IPPR Progressive Review, Marketing Theory, Celebrity Studies, Critical Studies in Television, Communication, Culture & Critique, and Consumption, Markets & Culture. Francesca is author of The Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) and co-editor with Professor Akwugo Emejulu of To Exist is to Resist: Black Feminism in Europe (Pluto Press, 2019). She tweets at @chess_ess and more information about her work is available at: francescasobande.com
Renting consumer goods: sustainable consumption in a post-COVID world?
Dr Carmela Bosangit is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University. Her research interests include ethical consumption, responsible business practices, the sharing economy, consumer experiences and narratives in social media.
Past research projects include 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. Her work has been published in marketing and tourism journals such as the Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Business Ethics, Organizations and Journal of Sustainable Tourism.
Dr Nicole Koenig-Lewis is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Marketing at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University, and an affiliate to CAST (Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations). Nicole’s research revolves around the themes of sustainable consumption and aims to inspire truly sustainable approaches to business. She is interested in how consumer attitudes towards sustainable consumption and the circular economy are shaped and how behaviour can be influenced. Her current projects tackle the theoretical debate about drivers and barriers to sustainable consumer behaviours in contexts such as sustainable consumption, environmentally friendly packaging, the sharing economy, and festivals as agents of change.
‘Next of Kin’: a performance and discussion about dementia, disabilities and healthcare
Sofia is a Research Fellow in Arts and Health at Y Lab, the Public Services Innovation Lab for Wales, a partnership between Cardiff University and Nesta. She is a social scientist with a background in medical anthropology, user-centred design and evaluation. She uses ethnographic and visual methods to understand patient experiences of illness and treatment, and public involvement to identify culturally-appropriate ways to engage participants in research.