Role: PhD Student
Institution: Bangor University
Grant: Civil Society
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.
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’.