PhD Student, Cardiff University

I am currently a third year ESRC funded PhD student. I am currently writing an ethnography from a homeless youth hostel in Swansea, Wales. I have spent the past 8 years working as a youth worker in the homeless hostel where I carried out my research. My specific area of interest is the development of youth culture in the hostel. I have presented my work at numerous international and national conferences. The papers I presented were called, Reproducing Culture: A Case Study of a Homeless Youth Hostel in Swansea, and Notions of Safety: Observing Cultural Perspectives in a homeless youth hostel.

The findings of my PhD suggest that a specific street culture exists within the hostel that I carried out my research in. The culture is driven by transactions of social capital - or street capital in this case. Ultimately, the work recognises that the formation of cultures which develop in an institution such as a hostel, are heavily influenced by the social backgrounds of the young people who live there.

I qualified as a teacher in 2017 and have taught Social Policy in Swansea University at undergraduate level. I currently teach Social Policy and Criminology as a graduate tutor at Cardiff University. I gained my PGCE (PCET) at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) in 2017. For my undergraduate degree I read History and Social History BA at Swansea University, and graduated in 2015 with First-Class Honours. I also completed the Social Research Methods MSc at Swansea University in 2015.

Experience

  • –present
    PhD Student, Cardiff University

Education

  • 2016 
    Swansea University, MSc Social Research Methods - Distinction