Research Associate
University of Edinburgh

I completed my undergraduate and masters degree in Gaelic at the University of Glasgow, before starting my PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2012. My PhD research examines parental education and language choices in families with young children, primarily focusing on families who are involved in Gaelic-medium early years and primary provision.

I am now working as a research associate on an ESRC-funded project that is part of the WISERD (Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods) Civil Society Research Centre. The research will examine language, identity, and civic participation of young people who are in Gaelic-medium education or are learning Gaelic in secondary school. The research will also be conducted amongst Welsh young people by colleagues at the Aberystwyth University. 

Education, Language & Identity
Overview The project used interviews and questionnaires to investigate the types of civic participation and conceptions of language and identity promoted within the statutory education system, and within civil society organisations working with young people, in both Wales
Research Team:
Rhys Jones (Aberystwyth University), Elin Royles (Aberystwyth University), Lindsay Paterson (University of Edinburgh), Fiona O'Hanlon (University of Edinburgh), Kirstie Macleod (University of Edinburgh)