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Dr Kate Moles


School of Social Sciences

Media commentator
Available for postgraduate supervision

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, 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 in particular).

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. 













I teach across a number of courses in the school, and run the Second year methods course in second year and the Dissertation module in third year. 

My research is currently focused around the following areas:

1. Family, civil society and intergenerational interactions, stories and memories (

2. Education as a site of history (GW4 project:

3. Wild Swimming: Practices, Politics and Poetics

4. Heritage, Memory and Nostalgia 

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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