I am a Professor in the Cardiff School of Social Sciences where I have worked since 2006. My substantive research interests are in identity and risk, and I seek to understand how people live with socio-cultural and environmental change. I have a longstanding track record of reflecting on social research methodologies and methods as means of fostering inquiry into the complex meanings and dynamics of people’s everyday lives, and for exploring social, cultural and psychological change.
Since 2007, I have been a Principal Investigator (PI) on the Timescapes network; in addition I have led the Men as Fathers project within that network. My involvement in Timescapes has made qualitative longitudinal/temporal methods of inquiry a key part of my methodological portfolio. My research is often conducted within collaborative networks, interdisciplinary teams and multi-method groupings. From 2003-2008 I jointly led (with Nick Pidgeon & Peter Simmons) the “living with nuclear risk” project as part of the ESRC’s Social Contexts and Responses to Risk or SCARR network.
I am affiliated to Cardiff University’s Centre for Understanding Risk and Sustainable Places Research Institute. My future plans include fostering the role of families and relationships researchers in sustainability science.