Meet the researchers
Find out more about the researchers organising this year’s festival events.
Supporting Parents in and Leaving Care: #MessagesToCorporateParents
Dr Louise Roberts is Lecturer on the M.A. Social Work programme. Prior to this she was a researcher based in the Children's Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE). Her research interests are broadly connected to social work with children and families. As a registered social worker she is particularly interested in the relationship between the state and the family. This includes policies and practices designed to prevent children from entering the care system, as well as the role of the state as parent / grandparent. During her time at CASCADE, Louise supported the development and facilitation of CASCADE Voices, the award winning advisory group made up of care-experienced young people, was involved in the Looked after Children and Education Project and together with colleagues, helped edit a new collection for University of Wales Press (2019) ‘Children and Young People Looked After? Education, Intervention and the Everyday Culture of Care in Wales’.
Rachael Vaughan works as the Child, Young Person and Carer Engagement Worker at CASCADE, the Children’s Social Care Research and Development centre. She provide advice, guidance, and support to involve children, young people, parents and carers within the Centre’s research plans and individual research projects. I am responsible for and lead on our care experienced young people’s CASCADE Voices research advisory group, under the direction of the CASCADE Management Group.
Warm glow or activist? Activism in the charity sector and its impact on donations
Dr Zoe Lee is Senior Lecturer in Marketing at Cardiff Business School, UK. Prior to joining Cardiff, she worked as a Lecturer at University of Bath and University of Bristol. Zoe’s research covers nonprofit (re)branding and identity, brand activism, heritage, brand equity and employee emotional resilience. She is particularly interested in how managers can use brands to do good. She recently contributes to a textbook on Contemporary issues in non-profit marketing. Zoe is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Strategic Marketing. She has published in journals such as Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Business Ethics, European Journal of Marketing, Journal of Advertising, Journal of Marketing Management and Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organisations. Her research work has been funded by various funders including the British Academy and the ESRC. Zoe was awarded the Outstanding Article in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ) and also received best conference paper at European Advertising Academy conference.
This event is co-hosted by Dr Amanda Spry of RMIT University, Australia.
Dr Amanda Spry is a Lecturer of Marketing at RMIT.Previously, she received her PhD from the University of Melbourne and worked at Cardiff Business School, UK. Amanda investigates the critical role that brands play for consumers, firms, markets, and society. As such, she writes on a variety of topics: brand equity; brand portfolios; brand activism; and transformative branding. Her research has been published in the European Journal of Marketing, Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, and Journal of Macromarketing. Amanda has presented her research at prestigious institutions such as the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School, as well as conferences for the American Marketing Association and the European Marketing Academy, amongst others. She serves on the editorial review board of the European Journal of Marketing. Amanda has experience in teaching marketing courses at undergraduate, postgraduate, and MBA levels across Australia, Singapore, and the UK and is the recipient of various teaching awards. Amanda has contributed to The Conversation and AdNews editorial outlets and provided comment in leading Australian media outlets such as B&T, The Financial Times, and The Herald Sun as a branding expert.
Reuse and Repair: Creating Value in a Circular Economy
Dr. Roberta De Angelis is a Lecturer in Marketing and Strategy at Cardiff Business School since 2020. Roberta has been investigating the circular economy since 2012. Her research interests are in the conceptual and theoretical foundations of the circular economy, circular entrepreneurship, circular business models and socio-ethical dimensions of the circular economy. To date, her research has been published in books, blogs, peer-reviewed academic journals and presented at several international research events. Roberta also sits on the editorial board of Circular Economy and Sustainability (Springer) and she is a member of the Academy of Marketing, Academy of Management, International Society for Circular Economy and Group for Research on Organizations and the Natural Environment.
Dr Nicole Koenig-Lewis is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Marketing at Cardiff Business School 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.
Youth Unemployment and Civil Society under devolution: a sub-state Comparison
Dr Giada Laganá currently works with Dr Sioned Pearce at the project 'Youth unemployment and civil society under devolution: a comparative analysis of sub-state welfare regimes'. She has also recently been awarded the prestigious Simone Veil Visiting Fellowship at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) for her research on the European Union (EU) and Peacebuilding.
Dr Lagana was previously appointed at the Wales Governance Centre (WGC), with Professor Daniel Wincott, where she examined the impact of the United Kingdom’s (UK) withdrawal from the EU on the UK’s internal constitutional and intergovernmental arrangements. Dr Lagana has recently completed a book, published with Palgrave McMillan, entitled The European Union and the Northern Ireland Peace Process.
Local community food systems: Making our food more sustainable and resilient together
Bernd is a Research Associate at the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research and Data (WISERD) at Cardiff University, which he joined in late 2020.
Bernd’s research interests revolve around the dynamics of social change and transformations of capitalism. He is especially interested in how systemic crises, such as the Covid-19 pandemic and climate emergency, create opportunities for social movements to mobilise support for a more democratic, ecological and solidarity-based economy.
At WISERD, Bernd currently works in a research project that studies active citizenship in the foundational economy, in which he investigates how networks of community-supported agriculture contribute to transformative change within our food system. This research reflects and fuels his excitement about local community food systems, and has motivated him to organize this event.
Community Legal Empowerment: my community, my voice, my power
Alexis Pala is a Research Associate in public services and social innovation at Y Lab, which is a partnership between Cardiff University and Nesta, a global innovation foundation. Alexis comes from an applied, participatory research background that began with designing inclusive anthropological studies to research with adults with intellectual disabilities rather than on them.
Her research interests are best understood as a practice, which she likes to call ‘design-informed anthropology’. She is particularly interested in how facilitation and co-creating with others across differences can create better, more complexity-conscious policies and, ultimately, models of governance since current systems embody and perpetuate past biases. She is at her best, when she is listening and reconfiguring information to help make the seemingly intangible, tangible and loves the use of play in work to spark creativity and new connections. She believes the best facilitators act as bridges, stewards, and translators and is honoured to be working with all of you as partners on this project.
Climate Change – building bridges between global political negotiations and community climate action
Katharine's general research interest concerns the understanding of moral and normative associations with environmental issues such as climate change. More precisely, her PhD research examined how people negotiate and maintain social norms through interpersonal interactions (e.g. confrontation). Leading on from this, she is interested in how social norms and moral associations affect perceptions of climate change and support for related policies on a national level
Heating Homes: disrupting our homes and neighbourhoods on the route to net zero?
Dr Gareth Thomas, Research Associate School of Psychology & Understanding Risk Research Group: Gareth specialises in social acceptability issues relating to new energy technologies. His most recent research has examined issues of justice, vulnerability and social acceptability relating to transitions towards low carbon heating and more flexible energy systems.
Dr Chris Groves, School of Social Sciences & Understanding Risk Research Group: Chris is a sociologist and social philosopher, specialising in the understanding of risk and uncertainty, the ethics and social impact of technological change (most recently, focusing on decarbonisation), and the relationship between science and society.
Professor Karen Henwood, School of Social Sciences & Understanding Risk Research Group: Karen is a social psychologist by training and has worked at the Cardiff School of Social Sciences since 2006. Her main research areas span the social science of risk (environment and personal lives) and identity studies. She is a qualitative research specialist.
Dr Kate O’Sullivan, School of Social Sciences & Understanding Risk Research Group: Kate’s research interests are on the interplay between environmental, spatial and energy justice. I am concerned with how the sustainable and equitable use of natural resources is influenced by various economic, political and socio-spatial structures and how this manifests geographically.
Professor Nick Pidgeon, School of Psychology & Understanding Risk Research Group: Nick is a Professor of Environmental Psychology and Risk, and Director of the Understanding Risk Research Group at Cardiff University. He works on risk assessment, risk perception and communication, public engagement with risk and technology, and valuation of ecosystem services.
Dr Fiona Shirani, School of Social Sciences & Understanding Risk Research Group: Since 2011 Fiona has been working on projects concerning energy and sustainability, linked to the Understanding Risk Research group based in the School of Psychology. Her research foregrounds issues concerning families and relationships. She specialises in qualitative longitudinal methods.
Dr Erin Roberts, Research Associate, School of Social Sciences & Understanding Risk Research Group: Erin’s research interests relate to the ways in which place, culture, identity and climate policies intersect and interact. Her work has spanned exploring the everyday energy practices of (predominantly off-gas) rural households, valuing (relational values) nature for wellbeing at the coast, and embodied sense-making of environmental quality.
Extending the lives of our things: reuse and repair workshop
Alida Payson is a lifelong charity shopper and crafter, and a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Media, Journalism & Culture, at Cardiff University. She is interested in questions of cultural politics, everyday community, and living together, especially living together across difference, in troubled times, and in places with deep histories of division.
Alida is currently working on a three-year project investigating how we use charity shops in unsettled times, called Charity Shop Country: Conviviality and Survival in Austerity Britain, funded by The Leverhulme Trust. This research looks at how we think and talk about charity shops and second-hand economies in popular culture, and how we use them in everyday life. While appreciating charity shops, she is also critical of how they serve (and sometimes don’t serve) community needs – as places of work, of welfare and governance, and of consumption and waste. As this project wraps up, she is interested in thinking about how second-hand economies might work toward shared goals for the future around ‘good’ work, equity, wellbeing and connection, and sustainability.
Maya Wassell Smith is a collaborative doctoral candidate at National Maritime Museum and Cardiff University, researching “Sailor Art: Maritime Making in the Long Nineteenth Century”. Some of the findings of this research have been published in Nineteenth Century Gender Studies Journal. Maya has engaged with, researched and theorised objects within academia, while studying History of Design and Material Culture at University of Brighton, and through curatorial and collections management work in museums. Her broad research interests centre on material culture and its connection to subjective, socio-cultural and vocational histories including emotional objects, materiality and gender.’
Rhiannon Craft is a part time PhD student working in the Social Sciences department at Cardiff University, she also works as a research assistant for Cardiff University’s Sustainable Places Research Institute. As a sociologist, Rhiannon is interested in social organisation: how we organise ourselves with each other, animals, the planet and material resources, and social change: how societies change over time, and how people – including academics – can play a positive role in those processes.
CLOSED EVENT: Can you fix it? Repairing Items and the Environment
John McCrory is a Research Associate and Lecturer at Cardiff University School of Engineering, in the Tribology and Performance of Machines, Structures and Materials Research Group. With a background in experimental mechanics, structural health monitoring, and signal processing, his research is now focussed on the role of condition monitoring as an enabling technology for the circular economy. John is also a volunteer fixer and Director at Repair Cafe Wales. As well as fixing household items at monthly repair events around Cardiff, he sits on the board overseeing Repair Cafe Wales’ operations, taking the lead on matters of data analysis and research. In this capacity, John has designed and lead repair workshops, both in-person and online, and is passionate about empowering people to develop new relationships with the items they own and the world around them, changing their perception of what they are capable of achieving.
Marcus Vinícius P. Gomes received his doctorate in Public Administration and Government, with distinction, from FGV-EAESP (Brazil) in 2014, after an exchange period at Cardiff Business School. Marcus is an alumnus from the GW4 Crucible 2018 Programme for Future Research Leaders on Resilience, Environment, and Sustainability. Marcus researches the relationship between Business and Society by developing an understanding of governance, including the role of activism, social movements, business elites and populism in shaping our economies and societies. By examining how actors negotiate and develop governance regimes, he aiming to understand the organinsing of the 21st century capitalism. He has a background in public management, organizational studies, critical theory and political economy. Marcus is Associate Editor for Revista de Administração de Empresas (RAE) a leading Latin-American journal.
Tim Edwards joined Cardiff Business School in 1999 before receiving a Personal Chair in 2016. He is the Business School’s Pro-Dean for Research, Impact and Innovation and Head of the Management, Employment and Organisation Section. His research expertise is in organisational theory with an interest in critical realism, which has been applied to empirical studies examining institutional change, organising, innovation and entrepreneurship. He regularly publishes in world-leading journals including, Human Relations, Organisation Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, Organisation, Journal of Management Inquiry and Management Learning. Tim is also a Public Value Fellow for the Business School and has been involved in work with young women from West Cardiff Community High School, Ely in developing education opportunities focusing on entrepreneurship and climate change. This has led to new partnerships with not-for-profit organisations and projects with the Sustainable Places Research Institute, National Software Academy and the school of Earth and Environment Sciences. He is also a permanent member of Welsh Government’s expert panel, supporting women entrepreneurs in Wales.
CLOSED EVENT: Our Air, Our Pollution: A citizen science project tracking air pollution in South Wales
Dr Jamie Lewis is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Social Sciences. Jamie's research is mainly situated in the Sociology of Science and Technology Studies (STS), but also extends to the public understanding of science (PUS) and medical sociology. With Professor Robert Evans and Dr Nick Hacking, I am presently conducting work on a Expert Citizen Science project as part of the ESRC WISERD centre grant.
Professor Robert Evans' research is also in the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS), and his interests are in the nature and use of expertise. This translates into questions about the sorts of knowledge needed to make decisions, who possesses it, and how it is shared and acted upon. Within STS, his work has played a central role in founding what has been called 'Studies of Expertise and Experience' or the 'Third Wave of Science Studies.' The characteristic features of this approach are a more 'realist' approach to expertise that emphasises the role of tacit knowledge and the development of a more explicitly normative approach through which STS scholars can contribute to technological decision-making in the public domain.
Dr Nick Hacking is a spatial planner and geographer. Nick's research covers the environmental governance of sustainability transitions in the waste, resources and energy sectors (specifically the 'circular economy'). He is particularly interested in the role of space, place, networked power relations, innovation and social justice in the governance of normative shifts towards sustainability. His research activity covers the delivery of new 'greener' infrastructure via the planning system (e.g. energy-from-waste facilities, biomass energy plants and hydrogen storage projects).
A run down of festival events being hosted at Cardiff University