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Stephanie Olivia Penney Jones

SOPJones.jpgRole: PhD Student

Institution: Bangor University


Grant: Civil Society

Work package1.1: Researching Civic Participation in Wales, in place and over time

Title: Understanding the dynamics of cultural and social participation in Wales: The case of heritage groups

This thesis explores heritage activity as an emerging forms of cultural and social participation. Whilst some traditional forms of association are perceived to be in decline, participation and volunteering in heritage groups appears to flourishing.

My research aims to understand this dynamic by focusing on the people who take part and volunteer for local heritage groups in different parts of Wales. It aims to understand their backgrounds and motivations, the meanings they attach to volunteering, and their orientations to place. The thesis also strives towards understanding the contribution heritage groups make to local communities. A multi-method approach is adopted to explore this including the secondary analysis of baseline data on cultural and heritage participation as well as the collection of different sorts of primary data with individuals and groups


I began my doctoral research in October 2015 having been awarded a WISERD PhD studentship as part of the ESRC funded WISERD Civil Society Research Centre. Prior to this I gained an MA (Merit) in Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2015, and a BA (Hons) (First Class) in Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2014. I have been a course representative for the Bangor School of Social Science for the past two years, and am also member of a number of professional organisations including the Institute of Welsh Affairs, the British Sociological Association and the American Sociological Association.



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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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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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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’.