Research Associate
Aberystwyth University

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Laura completed her PhD at the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University, in 2010 on ‘Practising post-9/11 conspiracy: a common-place geopolitics’.

Following this, she continued to work in DGES as a researcher/administrator on two multi-institutional projects: first, the FP7 project DERREG (Developing Europe's Rural Regions in the Era of Globalization) coordinated by Professor Mike Woods and, second, the Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD).

From 2012-2014, Laura worked as a Research Associate with the Wales Rural Observatory undertaking research on social, economic and environmental issues in rural Wales. Here she worked on two main projects: 1) Migrant workers in Rural Wales and the South Wales Valleys and 2) Older People and Place in Wales: Demography, Policy and Community.


Ageing, serious leisure and the contribution of the grey economy
Overview This project will utilise a mixed methods approach, combining a strategic review of existing survey data with ethnographic observation and interviews to make a timely and original contribution to understanding the benefits of ‘serious leisure’ in retirement for the
Research Team:
Jesse Heley (Aberystwyth University), Laura Jones (Aberystwyth University), Paul Milbourne (Cardiff University), Sophie Yarker (Aberystwyth University)
Centre For Welsh Politics And Society
The Centre for Welsh Politics and Society / WISERD@Aberystwyth aims to use research on Welsh politics and society, comparative studies of Wales and other nations and regions, and analyses of Wales’s global connections, to make internationally-significant cutting-edge
Research Team:
Michael Woods (Aberystwyth University), Jesse Heley (Aberystwyth University), Laura Jones (Aberystwyth University), Marc Welsh (Aberystwyth University), Taulant Guma (Aberystwyth University), Anwen Elias, Elin Royles (Aberystwyth University), Rhys Jones (Aberystwyth University), Anthonia Onyeahialam (Aberystwyth University), Rhys Dafydd Jones (Aberystwyth University), Dyfan Powel (Aberystwyth University), Sophie Yarker (Aberystwyth University)
GLOBAL-RURAL
‘The Global Countryside: Rural Change and Development in Globalization (GLOBAL-RURAL)’ is a major research project funded by the European Research Council . The study aims to advance our understanding of the workings and impact of globalization in rural regions through the
Research Team:
Michael Woods (Aberystwyth University), Jesse Heley (Aberystwyth University), Laura Jones (Aberystwyth University), Anthonia Onyeahialam (Aberystwyth University), Marc Welsh (Aberystwyth University), Fidel Budy (Aberystwyth University)
Behaviour Change in Wales
Behaviour change is a topic which is of key importance to policy makers both in the Welsh Government and further afield. Behaviour change also emerged as a key theme during the WISERD localities stakeholder interviews and the subsequent stakeholder feedback sessions have
Research Team:
Alexandra Plows (Bangor University), Robin Mann (Bangor University), Jesse Heley (Aberystwyth University), Laura Jones (Aberystwyth University)
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)
Connected Communities: Older People's Connected Rural Lives
This project sought to problematise homogenising narratives of older people as predominately ‘static’ and ‘passive’, and therefore somehow less implicated in wider social and economic networks; perceptions compounded by the context of rural peripherality. While older people
Research Team:
Jesse Heley (Aberystwyth University), Laura Jones (Aberystwyth University), Suzie Watkin, Michael Woods (Aberystwyth University)
The Global Countryside: Rural Change and Development in Globalization
Overview ‘The Global Countryside: Rural Change and Development in Globalization (GLOBAL-RURAL)’ is a major research project funded by the European Research Council. The study aims to advance our understanding of the workings and impact of globalization in rural regions
Research Team:
Michael Woods (Aberystwyth University), Jesse Heley (Aberystwyth University), Laura Jones (Aberystwyth University), Anthonia Onyeahialam (Aberystwyth University), Rachel Vaughan, Marc Welsh (Aberystwyth University), Emily Strub
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Journal and Journal Article
Growing older and social sustainability: considering the 'serious leisure' practices of the over 60s in rural communities
The important role which older people play in rural community development through their various activities has become a substantive area of interest across social science disciplines, including gerontology, sociology, psychology and human geography. Reflecting the...
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Journal and Journal Article
The common-place geopolitics of conspiracy
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...
Localities | January 2012