Laura is a postdoctoral researcher at Aberystwyth University's Department of Geography and Earth Sciences. Laura is part of the ERC-funded GLOBAL-RURAL project team (2015-2019), researching processes and effects of globalization in rural areas, focusing on case studies within Wales. She also recently worked on the ESRC WISERD/Civil Society Research Centre researching volunteering and participation in later life.
Prior to this, Laura worked on several research projects focused on aspects of rural communities, land use and change, including the FP7 DERREG project (Developing Europe’s Rural Regions in an Era of Globalization’), and for the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) and the Wales Rural Observatory.
Laura completed her doctoral research at Aberystwyth University on popular geopolitical knowledge production in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States.
Conspiracy narratives and ways of knowing are a highly visible, accessible and increasingly commonplace part of contemporary global life, permeating across spheres of politics, science and popular culture. Catalyzed by rapid developments in networked media and a political...