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Human Geography Researcher, Aberystwyth University

Laura is a researcher at Aberystwyth University's Department of Geography and Earth Sciences. Laura is part of the GLOBAL-RURAL team, researching processes and effects of globalization in rural areas, focusing on case studies within Wales.

Prior to this, Laura worked on several research projects focused on aspects of rural communities, land use and change, including the FP7 DERREG project (Developing Europe’s Rural Regions in an Era of Globalization’), and for the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) and the Wales Rural Observatory. She is currently also part of the project team researching volunteering in later life as part of the ESRC WISERD/Civil Society Research Centre.

Laura completed her doctoral research at Aberystwyth University on popular geopolitical knowledge production in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States.


  • –present
    Postdoctoral research associate, Aberystwyth University


  • 2010 
    Aberystwyth University, PhD Human Geography


  • 2018
    Unravelling the Global Wool Assemblage: researching place and production networks in the global countryside, Sociologia Ruralis
  • 2016
    Practices of Participation and Voluntarism amongst Older People in Rural Wales: Choice, Obligation and Constraints to Active Ageing, Sociologia Ruralis
  • 2013
    Growing older and social sustainability: Considering the ‘serious leisure’ practices of the over 60s in rural communities, Social and Cultural Geography
  • 2013
    Doing Space Relationally: Exploring the Meaningful Geographies of Local Government, Geoforum
  • 2012
    Relational rurals: Some thoughts on relating things and theory in rural studies, Journal of Rural Studies