I am currently conducting research for my PhD in Multidisciplinary Collaborations in Cave and Karst Environments. My focus is on cave collaborations that involve diverse practices, disciplines, and institutions. This means that in any given project I may be following the work of archaeologists, biologists, cavers, geologists, hydrogeologists, landowners, photographers, and government and community representatives, both above and below ground. My research looks at the interplay between those who work in these environments and regulatory frameworks, and how this affects on-the-ground decisions and their outcomes in multidisciplinary cave projects and interventions. I am also interested in exploring the impact these decisions have on broader societal aspects of caves and the karst.
I have a 4-year research studentship from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which will allow me to explore this topic until 2021.
I did my undergraduate studies in Anthropology, with a focus on human interactions with the environment. My research looked at the close relationship between cavers and the materiality of caves, and how these encounters shape both the cavers and their perception of the environments they explore. I was particularly interested in how these relationships were expressed through stories and art.
I welcome and encourage students, scientists, cavers, scholars, and government and community representatives with an interest in multidisciplinary work being carried out in cave and karst environments, to contact me.
I also welcome questions from those interested in creative expressions of the interactions between people and caves
2018-present PhD in Science and Technology Studies (STS), University of Edinburgh
2018 MSc by Research in Science and Technology Studies (STS), University of Edinburgh (with Distinction)
2014 BA in Anthropology, University of Wales Trinity Saint David (First Class Honours)
Awards and Funding
2017-2021 1+3 Studenship - Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
2017-2021 Graduate School Special Award - School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh
2014 Helen McCormack Scholarship Prize- Faculty´s Best Dissertation 2014, University of Wales Trinity Saint David (co-winner)
Professor Jane Calvert (STIS)
Dr. Alice Street (Anthropology)
Dr. Deborah Scott (STIS)