Cydymaith Ymchwil
Cardiff University

Rhian has a background in socio-legal studies, having graduated from Cardiff University with an undergraduate degree in Law and Sociology (LLB). Following this, she undertook a MSc in Social Science Research Methods and an ESRC funded PhD at Cardiff University. Her PhD research was a qualitative study exploring what inheritance decisions and dilemmas can reveal about people’s relationships to civil society, family and the State. This was an exploratory research project which explored the ‘public’ and ‘private’ dimensions of the bequest decision-making process. The research addressed significant themes such as fairness, equality and intergenerational relationships. During her PhD, Rhian undertook an internship at the Senedd working as a researcher supporting the team responsible for the passing of the Senedd and Elections (Wales) Act 2020. The Act delivered several key reforms, including the lowering of the minimum voting age in Senedd elections to 16. She also undertook work as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the School of Social Sciences, carrying out seminars and workshops on two undergraduate modules.

Rhian’s current research interests include intergenerational relationships and tensions; equality and rights; civic participation; and the relationship between the individual, civil society and the State. She is particularly interested in research with a socio-legal aspect, and research with a Welsh focus.

Hawliau plant a phobl ifanc: strwythurau dinasyddiaeth ffurfiol ac anffurfiol
Defnyddia Hawliau plant a phobl ifanc: strwythurau dinasyddiaeth ffurfiol ac anffurfiol gymhariaeth ryngwladol o ehangu dinesig hawliau plant mewn pedair gwlad Orllewinol (gan gynnwys Cymru), a sut y gall hyn ail-gydbwyso diffygion dinesig sy’n gysylltiedig â phlentyndod. Y
Research Team:
Esther Muddiman (Cardiff University), Sally Power (Cardiff University), Chris Taylor (Cardiff University), Rhian Powell (Cardiff University)
Books and Book Chapters
Civil Society through the Lifecourse
Are young people blindly self-interested? How does university shape students’ political participation? Can busy parents and grandparents find time to volunteer? Challenging conventional thinking, leading academics explore how individuals’ relationships with civil society...
Civil Society | Hydref 2020
Conference Symposium: Family and Civil Society: across the generations
20 Tachwedd 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...