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Dr Helen Blakely

Helen Blakely 2.jpgRole: Research Associate

Institution: Cardiff University                       

Email: BlakelyH1@cardiff.ac.uk

Telephone: 02920 688726

Biography: Helen began working as a researcher with the Wales Institute of Social Economic Research Data and Methods (WISERD) in 2015. Prior to this, she worked as a researcher for Welsh Government within the Communities and Tackling Poverty Analytical Team.  She completed her doctoral studies (A Second Chance at Life: Labour, Love and Welfare on a South Wales Estate) at Cardiff University’s School of Social Science in 2011. The thesis examined the lives of a group of welfare-reliant single mothers living in the upper reaches of the South Wales Valleys as they participated in a community education project tasked with raising them out of poverty. The study charted the everyday interactions of the women with the labour market and pervasive mechanisms of street-level welfare governance, considering the linkages between a local site of investigation and the external forces that permeated it.

Research Interests

Her research interests include class, gender, place and social policy with a particular interest in welfare, community development and industrial relations. She is primarily a qualitative sociologist with an interest in action research and ethnographic and biographical methods.

Current Research

She is currently working as part of a research team examining the geographical variations of trade union membership, in terms of history, place and the patterning of ties of kith and kin. Most notably, the project explores the suggestion that in Wales, collective understandings, rooted in an earlier period of hegemonic trade unionism, are ‘spilling over’ into the contemporary period.

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Latest News
Young People and Brexit

22nd March 2017

WISERD has recently been awarded ESRC funding to carry out a new interdisciplinary study into how young people in the UK feel about, and are responding to, the most significant policy issue of this Parliament: the UK’s exit from the European Union.

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Poverty and Food Banks in Wales

16th March 2017

Poverty and the rise of food banks in Wales were the focus of research shared at WISERD’s latest civil society seminar, held at Cardiff last night. PhD student, David Beck and Dr Hefin Gwilym from Bangor University’s School of Social Sciences presented findings from their research exploring the experience of food poverty in Wales.

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Featured Events
26 April, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Aberystwyth University (room to be confirmed)

As part of the WISERD Centre for Welsh Politics and Society Seminar Series, Dr Taulant Guma from the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University presents emerging findings from the WISERD/Civil Society project on ‘Migrants, Minorities and Engagement in Local Civil Society’.

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