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Dr Kate Moles

Dr Kate Moles

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

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Overview

I was appointed as a lecturer in sociology in the School of Social Sciences in 2013, having previsouly held research positions in the Welsh Institute of Social and Economic Research and Data (WISERD) and the Wales Rural Observatory.

My research and writing explores the relationships between everyday practices of memory and heritage, mobility and place, which I have engaged with through ethnographic, multimodal methods. I have an ongoing interest in ideas of public and community engagement in research and in my work. Previous projects I have undertaken have included research on postcolonialism, heritage, post-industrial communities and young people's sense of their historical and contemporary places and their imagined futures. Underpinning all this work, and developed through my writing, is an interest in qualitative methods, particularly ethnographic, mobile and multimodal methods (soundwalks, visual methods).

I am an editor of Qualitative Research, and sit on the editorial board of Cultural Sociology.

Biography

I did my undergraduate in sociology at Trinity College Dublin, before coming to Cardiff for my postgraduate degrees. I worked as a researcher in the Wales Rural Institute and at the Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research Data and Methods (WISERD) before beginning my lectureship at Cardiff School of Social Science in 2013.

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Teaching

I have taught extensively at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level in the School.

I currently convene the Qualitative Second Year Methods Course.

Current Research Projects:

1. Heritage, Memory and Justice

- AHRC-GCRF Network+ : EDJAM (Education, Justice and Memory) April 2020, Co-I

-BA-GCRF Youth Futures: Creative Heritage and Imagined Futures (CHIF): Young People, Past Conflicts and a Shared Future for Uganda - March 2020, PI

2. Wild/ outdoor Swimming

I am conducting an ongoing ethnographic project on wild swimming in the UK.

3. Family, civil society and intergenerational interactions, stories and memories (https://wiserd.ac.uk/wiserd-civil-society-research-centre)

I am interested in supervising PhD students in all of these areas. 

Supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • memory, heritage and the past
  • mobile methods
  • young people, place and community

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