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Dr Kate Moles

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 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

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 on the following on-going projects:

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

2. Educational and heritage spaces (formal and informal) as a sites of memory work:

- GW4 project: Transformative History Education in Conflict affected Contexts

- AHRC-funded project: Indicators for informal learning: a mobile heritage network for conflict-affected communities in Uganda

3. Wild Swimming and the Water: Cultural Practices, Social Politics and Spatial Poetics

I am interested in supervising PhD students linked to any of these areas.

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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