Dr Laura Jones PhD, MA, BA (Aberystwyth University)
From 2012-2014, I worked as a Research Associate with the Wales Rural Observatory undertaking mixed methods research on social, economic and environmental issues in rural Wales in support of the Rural Development Plan. Here I worked on two main projects: 1. Migrant workers in Rural Wales and the South Wales Valleys 2. Older People and Place in Wales: Demography, Policy and Community
Prior to this, I worked in DGES as a researcher/administrator on two multi-institutional projects: first, the European Union 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).
I completed my PhD in 2010 on 'Practising post-9/11 conspiracy: a common-place geopolitics', which drew on critical/feminist geopolitics literatures to examine how conspiracy has informed particular ways of understanding and practising geopolitics for both publics and politicians in the context of post-9/11 America.
- New Political Geographies
My research interests are broadly in the areas of rural geography and rural development; small-scale horticulture and local food systems; rural population ageing, civil society and social participation; and feminist (geo)political approaches to the everyday and embodied practice.
- Research Associate on the project 'The Global Countryside: Rural Change and Development in Globalization' (GLOBAL-RURAL).
This is a five-year research project (Feb 2014 - Jan 2019) funded by the European Research Council. The project aims to advance understanding of globalization and its workings in and through rural localities. The Principal Investigator is Professor Mike Woods and the research team includes Dr Jesse Heley and Dr Marc Welsh (all DGES).
GLOBAL-RURAL is organized around five research-focused work packages and will draw on field research in a range of countries. For the first two years of the project I will primarily be working on WP3, 'A Countertopography of Everyday Globalization'. This will explore the practices and experiences of everyday globalization in a rural small town through an in-depth study of Newtown in mid Wales. We will be blogging about our research here:
- Research Associate with the ESRC-funded WISERD Civil Society Research Centre.
WISERD (Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods) will undertake a five-year research programme (from Oct 2014) of policy relevant research addressing Civil Society in Wales, the UK and Internationally.
Together with Dr Jesse Heley (DGES), I will lead a research strand investigating the forms of social participation and volunteerism undertaken by older people in rural communities, and the personal and collective benefits derived through these activities.
Researching Rural Change and Globalization. SUSPLACE Training Event . Cadair2016.
Locating the Mid Wales Economy. In (eds) People, Places and Policy: Knowing Contemporary Wales Through New Localities. Regions and Cities Taylor & Francis, Cardiff pp. 118-142. Cadair2015.
Unravelling the global wool assemblage. XXVI ESRS Congress. Cadair2015.
Wales’ hidden globaleconomy: uncovering thetransnational networks of smalltown SMEs. WISERD Annual Conference 2015. Cadair2015.
Everyday Globalization in a Small Rural Town. Colloque international de géographie rurale. Cadair2015.
Local Cultures of the Ceredigion Economy: Practices of Endogenous Development in Rural Mid Wales. In (eds) Globalization and Europe's Rural Regions . Taylor & Francis Cadair2015.
Practices of Participation and Voluntarism amongst Older People in Rural Wales: Choice, Obligation and Constraints to Active Ageing. Sociologia Ruralis Cadair2015.
Migrant workers in Rural Wales and the South Wales Valleys. Wales Rural Observatory Cadair2014.
The Central and West Coast Locality. In (eds) Contemporary Wales: Spaces, Regions and Devolution. Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press Cadair2014.
Doing Space Relationally: Exploring the Meaningful Geographies of Local Government. Geoforum 45 pp. 190-200. Cadair2013.
Growing older and social sustainability: Considering the ‘serious leisure’ practices of the over 60s in rural communities. Social and Cultural Geography 14 (3) pp. 276-299. Cadair2013.
Case Study Contextual Report 3: Westerkwartier. DERREG Cadair2012.
Case Study Contextual Report 7: Pomurska. DERREG Cadair2012.
Relational rurals: Some thoughts on relating things and theory in rural studies. Journal of Rural Studies 28 (3) pp. 208-217. Cadair2012.
Senior citizens & endogenous service provision in rural communities. Third Annual WISERD Conference. Cadair2012.
DERREG: Developing Europe’s Rural Regions in the Era of Globalization. DERREG Cadair2012.
Case Study Contextual Report 6: Goriska. DERREG Cadair2012.
The common-place geopolitics of conspiracy. Geography Compass 6 (1) pp. 44-59. Cadair2012.
Case Study Contextual Report 5: Saarland. DERREG Cadair2012.
Case Study Contextual Report 10: Comarca de Verin. DERREG Cadair2012.
Case Study Contextual Report 9: Alytus County. DERREG Cadair2012.
Case Study Contextual Report 8: West Region of Ireland. DERREG Cadair2011.
Relational Resilience? Considering older people’s connected rural lives. WISERD Summer Conference 2011. Cadair2011.
DERREG: Project Periodic Report. Framework Programme 7 Cadair2011.
Case Study Contextual Report 1: Jihomoravsky kraj. European Commission Cadair2011.
Case Study Contextual Report 2: Oevre Norrland. European Commission Cadair2011.
Case Study Contextual Report 4: Direktionsbezirk Dresden. DERREG Cadair2011.
‘How do the American people know..?’: embodying post-9/11 conspiracy discourse. GeoJournal 75 (4) pp. 359-371. Cadair2010.
New directions in critical geopolitics: An introduction. GeoJournal 75 (4) pp. 315-325. Cadair2010.
A Geopolitical Mapping of the Post-9/11 World. Aether: The Journal of Media Geography 3 pp. 37-57. Cadair2008.