Cardiff University


Kate completed her PhD entitled: Narratives of Postcolonialism in Liminal Space: The Place called Phoenix Park in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University in 2007. She then worked in the Wales Rural Observatory for two years where she conducted a series of localities studies in ‘deep rural’ areas across Wales.

Kate's research is concerned with the way people, in particular young people, come to know and talk about ‘their’ places. Using qualitative methods, and mobile methods in particular, Kate is interested in the ways places are constructed through different discourses and the ways people who live in them, move through them and visit them are positioned. To this end, Kate is interested in the interactions between policy, history and place-making.

Kate is one of the localities researchers in WISERD, and is the linked researcher to the Education and Young People’s theme. This ties in with her other research in the KLiC project, ‘Young People and Place, where she is conducting qualitative work with young people in the Heads of the Valleys.

Heads of the Valleys Boundaries
The project engaged with the various ways that the Heads of the Valleys region has been bound. Drawing on policy documents; the WISERD localities stakeholder interviews and some small scale follow up interviews, and engaging with different levels of stakeholders (for example
Research Team:
Stephen Burgess (Cardiff University), Kate Moles (Cardiff University)
The intergenerational transmission of ‘civic virtues’: the role of the family in civil society engagement
Overview Within the social science literature, the relationship between the family and civil society is complex and contradictory. While some theories place the family as the cornerstone of civil society, others put the family firmly outside civil society. Indeed, it is
Research Team:
Chris Taylor (Cardiff University), Sally Power (Cardiff University), Esther Muddiman (Cardiff University), Kate Moles (Cardiff University)
Living Streets
WISERD Research Associate, Dr Kate Moles, successfully secured funding to run a digital storytelling project with young women living in Cardiff. Building on the success of the Beacon for Wales funded ‘Sounding the Way’ project in 2011 - where young male residents of
Research Team:
Kate Moles (Cardiff University)
KLiC: Young People and Place
The project was designed as an ethnographic study of one place, chosen by the wider Local Knowledge in Context Programme, referred to hereafter as Cwm Dyffryn. Aims The main aims of this project were as follows: To explore the ways in which young people understand the
Research Team:
Gabrielle Ivinson (Aberdeen University), Emma Renold (Cardiff University), Bella Dicks (Cardiff University), Kate Moles (Cardiff University), Mariann Märtsin
Social Participation and Identity - NCDS Project
Overview This project was a joint venture with the Institute of Education, Centre for Longitudinal Studies and the ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-cultural change (Manchester University). The main study, funded by ESRC, undertook 180 qualitative interviews with cohort
Research Team:
Amanda Coffey (Cardiff University), Huw Beynon (Cardiff University), Kate Moles (Cardiff University), Ian Stafford (Cardiff University), Alexandra Plows (Bangor University), Gareth Rees (Cardiff University), Gareth Williams, Howard Davis (Bangor University), Ian Rees Jones (Cardiff University), Jesse Heley (Aberystwyth University), Laura Jones (Aberystwyth University), Rhys Jones (Aberystwyth University), Martin Jones (Staffordshire University)
Sounding the Way: Audio Walking in Cardiff's Urban Neighbourhoods
This project aimed to create a series of community audio walks around Grangetown, one of Cardiff’s inner-city neighbourhoods. Audio walks have become an increasingly popular way of engaging groups in a city’s histories, spaces and societies (Butler, 2007). They provide not
Research Team:
Kate Moles (Cardiff University), Angharad Saunders
Knowing Localities: The Military in the Welsh Valleys
Overview Talk of industry in the South Wales Valleys is preoccupied with the loss of the mining and steel industries and also the failure of foreign direct investment, its transience and lack of loyalty. This is combined with boosterism around tourism and pleas for the
Research Team:
Stephen Burgess (Cardiff University), Kate Moles (Cardiff University), Stuart Tannock (Institute of Education, UCL)
Booktrust Pori Drwy Stori Evaluation
Overview: This was an evaluation of Pori Drwy Stori, a bilingual reading intervention designed to raise educational outcomes for young children by increasing the quality and quantity of adult-child interactions around reading in the home learning environment (HLE). This
Research Team:
Alex Morgan, Kate Moles (Cardiff University)
Journal Articles
Civil Society: Bringing the family back in
This paper explores the complex and contradictory positioning of the family within civil society literature. In some accounts, the family is seen as the cornerstone of civil society. In others, the family is positioned firmly outside – even antithetical to – civil society...
Civil Society | February 2018
Journal Articles
Identity, Brand or Citizenship: The Case of Post Devolution Wales
Contemporary Wales 22(1) pp 196-210 During the course of this article we explore three dimensions of subjectivity in relation to post-devolution Wales. The space of subjectivity is something that is experienced by individuals but also shaped by wider sociological, historical...
Localities | November 2009
Conference Symposium: Family and Civil Society: across the generations
20th November 2018 |
Hosted by WISERD, this one day symposium will explore the role of the family in civil society engagement and the significance of intergenerational transmission in relation to political participation, trade unions and Euroscepticism. The day will also...
The Role of the Family in Civil Society
11th October 2017 |
Open to: Public, staff and students Presenters: Dr Kate Miles, Dr Esther Muddiman, Professor Sally Power and Professor Chris Taylor (Cardiff University) In much of the literature, the family is positioned firmly outside - even antithetical to - civil...
Workshop Walking Workshop: Methods Going Mobile
11th January 2011 |
Course Leaders: Dr Kate Moles and Dr Robin Smith, WISERD at Cardiff Walking and mobile methods are increasingly adopted by researchers wishing to engage with ideas of place and identity. As part of this walking method, the participant might take the...