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Dr Elisabeth Roberts

Research Associate

School of Geography and Planning

+44 (0)29 2087 4879
2.03, 33 Park Place, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3BA

I am an interdisciplinary social scientist with a background in cultural geography and the humanities, previously working in geography departments and in multi-disciplinary teams. My research uses qualitative methods, including interview, participatory workshops, creative, visual and storytelling approaches. My work has a strong ethos of public engagement and community-engaged working, adopting innovative methods to achieve this. I am influenced by feminist, philosophically-driven and post-structural theoretical framings.

My research interests span environmental sustainability, environmental risk perceptions, rural geographies, rural digital divides, community resilience and wellbeing, digital society, creative economy, water ethics and the hydro-social, storytelling, visual theory and methods, film and gender geographies.

I am a Research Associate at the Sustainable Places Research Institute. Prior to this I worked as a Research Fellow on two Interdisciplinary research projects: the Drought Risk and You Project, led by the University of the West of England, and the Digital Engagement and Resilience Project at the University of Aberdeen.

Academic positions

  • 2018 - Research Associate – Sustainable Places Research Institute, Cardiff University
  • 2014 - 2019 Research Fellow – Drought Risk and You (DRY) Project, University of the West of England
  • 2012 - 2014 Research Fellow – Digital Engagement and Resilience (DEAR) Project, University of Aberdeen
  • 2006 - 2010 PhD Human Geography – University of Exeter
  • 2005 - 2006 MSc Sustainable Development – University of Exeter



My current research explores the role of inland waterways in contributing to community wellbeing. This continues my ongoing interests in community resilience and individual and community relationships with water. The project is partnered with the Canal and Rivers Trust and extends their wellbeing strategy through a critical analysis of the concept of community wellbeing using a place-based and participatory approach.