Dr Aled Singleton

Research Fellow, Geography

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792

Research Links

Available For Postgraduate Supervision


I am interested in emotional and affective attachments to place. I have a professional background managing community and urban regeneration projects (2006-18) including community asset transfers, landscape architecture, and local economic development. My PhD research focused on the post-war environment: industrial renewal, increased private motor vehicles and semi-detached suburban living.  The includes a film from ESRC Festival of Social Science 2019 and final thesis Pursuing the Post-war Dream (2020). My “essay Learning to walk (again) and engage with places” was published in Places for Life II by the Design Commission for Wales. For 2021 I am presenting my research to the British Sociological Association, Royal Geographical Society and also convening a symposium which linking ageing to human geography at the British Society of Gerontology.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Ageing
  • Walking research
  • Attachment to place
  • More-than-representation
  • Urban policy
  • Psychogeography
  • Creative practice
  • Reflexive methods

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

I am interested in methods and techniques which explore emotional attachments to place and how they develop through the lifecourse: not only the biography of individuals, but also the narrative of places themselves.  In 2020 and 2021 I gave lectures to the MSc Ageing Studies and MA in Creative Writing Non-fiction.

Walking tour, ESRC Festival, November 2019

I completed my PhD at Swansea University in 2020: Entitled Pursuing the Post-war Dream, its focus was a study of ageing and emotional attachment to place, including walking interviews and performance.

The image shows a walking tour that I led during the ESRC Festival, November 2019.


Award Highlights

2021: Digital Theatre Workshop Commission, Open Source Wales researching digital space and film. (£100)

2020: “Using Video Chat to Develop the Family Story”, selected for Swansea Science Festival.

2019: Lead ESRC Festival of Science event “Walking through Caerleon” and film production (£980)

2017: Swansea Postgraduate Society ESRC Inter and Cross-disciplinary Small Grant for 2-day Cyber Network Conference, with College of Law, September 2017 (£1,760.50)

2017: Curator “Imagining the Neighbourhood”, walking research event, British Society of Gerontology (£400)

2012: Project manager for “Caerau Village” highly commended at Regeneration & Renewal Awards.

Working with performance artist Marega Palser, July 2019

"Closely yet uncertainly connected..." Working with performance artist Marega Palser, as part of the Caerleon Festival, July 2019