Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

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Dr Katy Wright

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I am currently carrying out research into community resilience, via ethnographic study of a large-scale renewable energy scheme in Swansea Bay.  This research builds on my interests in community engagement and localism, and also involves exploration of perceptions and responses to financial and environmental crisis, and of ideas around social sustainability.  My research engages critically with changing conceptualisations of citizenship and with the roles of private and third sector organisations in solving social problems.  I have been particularly interested to understand the interplay between informal social engagement and modes of participation, and have drawn on Bourdieu’s conceptual framework to explain how and why participation changes over time and between different groups.   I am committed not only to disseminating findings and insights through traditional academic routes, but also through direct engagement with public, private and third sector organisations. 

Previously, I have carried out research at the Centre for Inclusive Education, University of Sheffield; the UNESCO Centre, University of Ulster; and the Centre for International Research in Care, Labour and Equalities (CIRCLE) at the University of Leeds.  I completed my doctoral studies at the University of Leeds in 2011, and have taught at undergraduate and Masters level since 2007.

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