Dr Katy Wright
I joined CIRCLE in May 2012 after completing my doctoral studies in the School of Sociology & Social Policy, University of Leeds. My PhD explored community engagement, including both formal and informal modes of participation, within a case study of a housing estate in Leeds. During my PhD, I worked as a teaching assistant in the School, and continue to lecture occasionally on the topic of researching the voluntary sector, and on user involvement and disability organisations. Previously, I have worked as a researcher on projects looking at Human Rights Education; disability and employment; and young children’s use of media and new technologies, based at the University of Sheffield and at the UNESCO Centre, University of Ulster. I have also carried out research for the Leeds Community Foundation as part of a placement won through the Leeds Social Sciences Institute in 2011, and have strong links with voluntary, community and faith organisations across Leeds. Currently I sit on the Board of Directors of a local voluntary organisation. I am keen to maintain strong links with the sector, and to find ways of disseminating research findings in accessible ways.
Since beginning work at CIRCLE, I have worked on projects looking at carers’ needs; an evaluation of an initiative to support carers through general practice; and workforce development needs in the field of Assistive Living Technologies. I am currently working on publications developing the themes of my doctoral research, and am also developing a research agenda around these themes, in particular focusing on contemporary patterns of informal relationships amongst family and friends, and associated mechanisms of informal support.