Role: Research Associate
Institution: Aberystwyth University
Telephone: 01970 622639
Laura completed her PhD at the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University, in 2010 on ‘Practising post-9/11 conspiracy: a common-place geopolitics’. Following this, she continued to work in DGES as a researcher/administrator on two multi-institutional projects: first, the FP7 project DERREG (Developing Europe's Rural Regions in the Era of Globalization) coordinated by Professor Mike Woods and, second, the Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD).
From 2012-2014, Laura worked as a Research Associate with the Wales Rural Observatory undertaking research on social, economic and environmental issues in rural Wales. Here she worked on two main projects:
1) Migrant workers in Rural Wales and the South Wales Valleys and 2) Older People and Place in Wales: Demography, Policy and Community.
Laura’s research interests are broadly in the areas of rural geography and rural development; small-scale horticulture and local food systems; rural population ageing, civil society and social participation; and feminist (geo)political approaches to the everyday and embodied practice.
Project: ‘The Global Countryside: Rural Change and Development in Globalization’ (GLOBAL-RURAL).
This is a five-year research project (Feb 2014 - Jan 2019) funded by the European Research Council. The project aims to advance understanding of globalization and its workings in and through rural localities. The Principal Investigator is Professor Mike Woods and the research team includes Dr Jesse Heley, Dr Anthonia Onyeahialam and Dr Marc Welsh. For the first two years of the project Laura will primarily be working on WP3, ‘A Countertopography of Everyday Globalization’. This will explore the practices and experiences of everyday globalization in a rural small town through an in-depth study of Newtown in mid Wales. The team will be blogging about their research here.
Project: WISERD Civil Society
Together with Dr Jesse Heley (DGES), Laura will convene WP4.3 Ageing, Serious Leisure and the Contribution of the Grey Economy. This project will investigate the forms of social participation and volunteerism undertaken by older people in rural communities, and the personal and collective benefits derived through these activities. Laura has previously worked as part of the WISERD Localities research programme.