Human geographies of Welshness (Dr Pyrs Gruffudd)

Dr Gruffudd has a sustained interest in the cultural and historical geographies of Wales and Welshness, and has supervised a number of theses on both historical and contemporary topics. His personal interests are in issues of Welsh landscape representation, most recently in film, but he is also developing an interest in contemporary policy related to definitions and management of Welsh nature.

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Nature and nation (Dr Pyrs Gruffudd)

This theme reflects a long-standing interest in landscape representation and national identity (in painting, film, literature and so on), together with issues of preservation and heritage, especially during the early- and mid-twentieth century. More recently he has been addressing the material ways in which nature participates in and shapes debates on identity. Dr Gruffudd is currently working on the possum ‘problem’ in New Zealand - that animal’s status as a ‘pest’ and its challenge to stable notions of New Zealand’s nature -  and the various official and ad hoc schemes established to tackle this problem.

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Children and global change: experiencing migration, negotiating identities (Professor Heaven Crawley)

The aim of the project, which is funded by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is to develop a multi-disciplinary consortia of researchers (with geography leading) who can develop proposals for a leading-edge research programme which explores the ways in which different groups of migrant children reconstitute and negotiate their identities in different geographical contexts.

We are interested not only in the relationship between children’s identities in their home and host countries but also with the ways in which both migrant children’s identities and the identities of the places in which they live are constructed in national public and policy discourses. This approach has the potential to open up new insights into the processes by which migrant children’s multiple identities are negotiated by children themselves, as well as the ways in which others (non-migrant children and adults, practitioners, policy makers) seek to position them in broader discourses of national identity and social change.

For this reason we are particularly interested in developing a multi-site project which looks at the construction and negotiation of migrant children’s identities across different geographical contexts where devolution has also contributed to the rise of dual identities – regional and national within a single nation-state. Three modern liberal democracies will form the central focus of this research: namely Wales and Scotland (in the context of the UK) and Catalonia (in the context of Spain). Each of these are effectively nations without states, endowed with a strong sense of identity based upon the belief in a common ethnic origin and a sense of shared ethno-history. As a result we believe that these regions would provide particularly interesting contexts in which to explore the ways migrant children construct and negotiate their identities. We also want to explore the processes through which non-migrant children negotiate their identities in these contexts in order to better understand the additional complexities (or simplicities?) that arise from having a ‘third’ identity linked to the country of origin.

For further information please contact Heaven Crawley