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Dr Lucy Sheehan

Dr Lucy Sheehan

Research Associate, CASCADE

sbarc|spark, Maindy Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ


I am an ethnographic researcher studying interactional and embodied practices of human transformation. I also work as a trainee contemplative psychotherapist and yoga teacher.

I am currently working on an evidence coaching initiative with Professor Donald Forrester, working with Local Authority leaders to improve practice.

My recent ethnographic work explored the role of nature connection, crafting and mindfulness practices for wellbeing on a green prescribing project with the Fathom Trust. This included an account of the processes that support feeling well through nature-based crafting, and a collaborative good practice guide created with eco-crafting practitioners. This work was funded by Accelerate Wales.

My doctoral research (completed 2022) described how parental change is accomplished in child protection practice. This included the interactional and socio-spatial methods that enable and constrain a highly prescribed and limited form of change in family homes, the office, and the family courts. This work was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.


PGDip in Core Process Psychotherapy, Karuna Institute (In progress)

PhD Sociology, Cardiff University (2022)

MSc Social Science Research Methods, Distinction, Cardiff University (2017)

MA Social Work, Distinction, Cardiff University (2014)

BA International Relations, 2:1, Exeter University (2010)



I am interested in what enables relational human transformation. My research interests include the processes and practices of human transformation across settings, including psychotherapeutic settings, group wellbeing and eco-therapy programmes, and institutional settings. I am interested in the interactional practices that facilitate change and in supporting good practice in the community, particularly through approaches to eco-spirituality and embodiment. My research is situated and observational and includes ethnographic and action research methods.


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