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 Robert Callaghan

Robert Callaghan

Research Associate

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I am a Research Associate at Y Lab, the Public Services Innovation Lab for Wales.

I am Principle Investigator on a study into access to public policy-making and public service change, funded by Nesta.

As part of the Welsh Government-funded Innovate to Save programme, I helped public servants plan and do research. I am continuing to do similar work, this time with local authority employees through the WEFO/Cardiff Capital Region-funded INFUSE programme.

Previously, I have researched public service broadcasting at Cardiff University's School of Jornalism, Media and Culture. I was a lead researcher on the BBC Trust Impartiality Review into the BBC's reporting of statistics. I was also on the research team for the 2015-16 BBC Trust Impartiality Review into the BBC's news coverage of the four UK nations and an ESRC-funded study of TV news coverage of the 2017 UK General Election.



2012-2013 MA Political Communication (distinction): Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University, UK

2009-2012 BScEcon International Politics (first): Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University, UK

Honours and awards

2022: Principal Investigator on a Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP) project (£1,934)

2019-2022: Principal Investigator on Gender & Nesta's Innovation Support. (£11,850)

2015-2016: Research Associate on a BBC Trust Impartiality Review about reporting of statistics. (£70,285)

Speaking engagements

Conference Papers

Callaghan, R., Hardyman, W., Lewis, J., Jones, C. Gender in Public Service Innovation Competitions. Paper presented at 4th Public Services Innovation Conference (PUBSIC), January 2019.

Callaghan, R., Lewis, J. Power, Participation And Public Service Innovation Funding: Findings From ‘Gender And Nesta’s Innovation Support’. Paper presented at Value Co-creation and Innovation in the New Service Economy: 30th RESER International Congress, January 2021.

Committees and reviewing

Journal Reviewer: Journalism Studies

2019-2021: Gender & Nesta's Innovation Support. (£11,850)

I am Principal Investigator on a Nesta-funded project into how their funding and support programmes can lower gendered barriers to policy development.

2015-2016: BBC Trust Impartiality Review on news and current affairs reporting of statistics. (£70,285)

I was head of the coding team on this BBC Trust-funded study into how statistics are used in public service broadcasting in the UK. The study compared BBC TV and radio news and current affairs output with other UK broadcasters. It was the most comprehensive study of its kind and the results informed recommendations taken up by the BBC Trust.

Areas of expertise

External profiles