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.
Alongside my PhD studies, I am involved in a range of teaching and engagement activities within Bangor University.
My research interests include the use of qualitative methods in a variety of social science disciplines. Substantively, my research interests include volunteering, community engagement and the intergenerational transmission of volunteering.
My current research explores railway preservation and volunteering as an emerging forms of cultural and social participation. A focus is placed on understanding the meanings attached to volunteering, the various aspects gained from their involvement and the role of volunteers within three heritage railways in North Wales. A qualitative case study approach is adopted to explore these aspects through interviews and participant observations.