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Dr Kelly Buckley

Dr Kelly Buckley

Senior Research Fellow, Y Lab

School of Social Sciences

+44 (0)29 2087 0525
1-3 Museum Place, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3BD
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a social scientist, with interests and expertise in gender-based violence.  My research aims to provide a strong evidence base for policy-makers and practitioners about what works to protect, support, and influence positive outcomes for those at risk of violence, abuse and exploitation. I am particularly interested in the mental health and intimate relationships of young people, and what can be done to protect them from harm and abuse. My research seeks to understand the nature of young people's intimate relationships in order to help shape interventions that can prevent and reduce gender-based violence, includinfg sexual harassment and online abuse. I am passionate about involving young people and survivors of abuse in research at all stages of the research process, and co-production of interventions. I am currently a co-investigator on the Family Recovery After Domestic Abuse (FReDA) study, a feasibility trial of a group-based psychoeducational intervention for children exposed to domestic abuse and their female caregiver.


Education and qualifications

  • 2015: Certificate in Professional Learning in Higher Education, Bath Spa University, UK

  • 2011: PhD (Social Sciences), Cardiff University, UK

  • 2006: MSc Social Research Methods, Cardiff University, UK (Distinction)

  • 2003: BSc (Econ) Sociology, Cardiff University, UK

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy from March 2016

Academic positions

  • 2017- present: Research Associate, CASCADE, Cardiff University
  • 2013- 2016: Senior Lecturer in Sociology of gender, Bath Spa University
  • 2011- 2013: Senior Researcher, Coordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse (now SafeLives)
  • 2010-2011: Research Officer, Shelter Cymru

Current projects:

  • Family Recovery After Domestic Abuse (FReDA)

Previous projects:

  • Themis: Multi-site evaluation of the impact of co-locating IDVA services in health
  • Young People and Housing in 2020
  • Keeping Safe: An analysis of the outcomes of work with sexually exploited young people in Wales
  • The JACK Trial
  • Health Pathfinder Evaluation


  • Buckley,K. (2021) ‘On the Right Path: Health Pathfinder Evaluation Report Launch’ [online]. Cardiff: DECIPHer Available at
  • Melendez-Torres, G.J., Pell, B., Buckley, K., et al. (2021) Health Pathfinder: Full Technical Report. Available at
  • Pell, B., Buckley, K. and Evans, R. (2020). Hosting a DVA research workshop online – what did we learn? [Online]. Cardiff: DECIPHer. Available at:
  • Aventin, A., Gough, A., McShane, T., Gillespie, K., O’Hare, L., Young, H., Lewis, R., Warren, E., Buckley, K. and Lohan, M. (2020) ‘Engaging parents in digital sexual and reproductive health education: evidence from the JACK trial’ in Reproductive Health 17:132.
  • Hallett, S., Verbruggen, J., Buckley, K., and Robinson, A. (2019) ‘Keeping Safe: An analysis of work with sexually exploited young people in Wales’. Available online at
  • SafeLives (2016) ‘A Cry for health: why we must invest in domestic abuse services in hospitals’. Available online at
  • Clapham, D., Mackie, P., Orford, S., Thomas, I. and Buckley, K. (2014) ‘The Housing Pathways of Young People in the UK’ in Environment and Planning A, Vol.56(8), pp.2016-2031.
  • Buckley, K. (2013) Book review of ‘Multicultural Girlhood: Racism, Sexuality and the Conflicted Spaces of American Education’ by Mary E. Thomas, in Sociology, 47(3).
  • CAADA (2013) ‘Themis Practice Briefing’. Available online at
  • CAADA (2013) ‘Themis Research Briefing: Why invest in hospital IDVAs?’ Available online at
  • CAADA (2012) ‘A Place of Greater Safety’. Available online at
  • Clapham, D., Mackie, P. Orford, S., Buckley, K. and Roberts, I. (2012) ‘Young People and Housing: Policy and practice solutions for 2020’, York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Available online at
  • Buckley, K. (2012) Book review of ‘New Femininities: Postfeminism, Neoliberalism and Subjectivity (2011) edited by Rosalind Gill and Christina Scharff, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, in Gender and Education Vol. 24, Issue 3 pp. 346-348
  • Clapham, D., Buckley, K., Mackie, P., Orford, S. and Thomas, I. (2010) ‘Young People and housing: Identifying drivers for change’, York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Available online at
  • Buckley, K. (2008) Book review of ‘Gender and the media’ (2007) by Rosalind Gill, Cambridge, Polity Press, in Gender and Education, Vol. 20, Issue 3, pp.294-29.


I currently supervise two PhD students. I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of

  • Domestic abuse and Gender-Based Violence
  • Service provision for vulnerable and marginalised groups
  • Young people and mental health and wellbeing