Professor, Social Sciences, Cardiff University

I am a social psychologist by training and have worked at the Cardiff School of Social Sciences since 2006. My main research areas span the social science of risk (environment and personal lives) and identity studies. I am a qualitative research specialist.

In my research I investigate ways of living in a changing world, in particular, how environmental and socio-cultural change has implications for understanding questions of identity and risk in late modernity. I also have extensive interests in interpretive social research methodologies, methods and practices, and in qualitative longitudinal and temporal methods for studying changes in and through time. Recently, I have been in developing a number of arts-social science collaborations in the sustainability, climate change, and risk fields. My work has involved using visual and narrative methods to generate intriguing research encounters, and I have led on developing and showing a three day public exhibition "A Sense of Energy". The latter used multimodal and multisensory social science data, materials, artefacts, ideas and methods to create unique public-science engagement opportunities. The policy relevance of my work is in the domains of : family policy, public understandings of nuclear risk, and low carbon energy transitions.

Experience

  • –present
    Professor, Social Sciences, Cardiff University

Education

  • 1986 
    Bristol University, PhD