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Dr Kelly Buckley

Dr Kelly Buckley

Senior Research Fellow, Y Lab

+44 (0)29 2087 0525
sbarc|spark, Maindy Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a social scientist, with interests and expertise in gender-based violence and interventions/services to improve outcomes for vulnerable groups and communities.  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 service users. I am passionate about involving service users in research at all stages of the research process, and co-creation of interventions and services.

I am a Senior Research Fellow based in Y Lab, the public services innovation lab for Wales, leading the research team on the Innovative Future Services (InFuSe) programme, which aims to equip public servants with the knowledge, tools and innovative approaches to tackle societal challenges through collaboration. My role is to support and conduct a portfolio of research around the programme to demonstrate the wider impact of the programme. I have previously held roles in other SOCSI research centres DECIPHer and CASCADE on projects exploring young people's intimate relationships. Before joining Cardiff University, I was a Senior Lecturer at Bath Spa University. I have also held research roles in the third sector, including Shelter Cymru and Safelives.


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

  • 2021-present: Senior Research Fellow, Y Lab, Cardiff University
  • 2018-2021: Research Associate, DECIPHer, Cardiff University
  • 2017- 2018: 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:

  • Innovative Future Services (InFuSe)
  • 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: RCT with nested process evaluation of RSE resource to reduce teenage pregnancy and improve sexual health
  • Health Pathfinder Evaluation



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

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