Job Title: WISERD Researcher (Localities team)
Suzie is interested in qualitative rural geographies; her PhD research analysed the delivery and experiences of Welfare to Work in rural Wales, and she has since worked on a series of rural projects at Aberystwyth, covering areas such as Grassroots rural protest and political activity, rural people and their connections to the land and migrant workers in Wales. She has also worked as Housing and Transport adviser for the Countryside Agency, and contributed to a range of policy and project evaluations for evidence based social research consultancy, including charity funding mechanisms and community and voluntary sector project delivery.
Suzie’s work is influenced by a commitment to social relevance, and research interests encompass rural politics and participation at the individual level, social exclusion, young people’s rural geographies, governance, governmentality, and practices and spaces of resistance.
Suzie is a member of the localities team, currently working on the collection and analysis of qualitative data towards understanding localities in context.
Heley J, Jones L, Watzin S, ‘Locating the Mid Wales Economy: Narratives of rurality and resilience’ in People/Places/Policy: Knowing Contemporary Wales Ed(s) M Jones, S Orford (Routledge, London) (Forthcoming)
Jones L, Heley J, Watkins S, ‘Rural West Wales in Europe’ in Globalization and Europe’s Rural Regions Ed(s) McDonagh, B Nienaber, M Woods (Ashgate, UK) (Forthcoming)
Woods M, Anderson J, Guilbert S, Watkin S, ‘Rhizomic radicalism and arborescent advocacy: a Deleuzian reading of rural protest’ Environment and Planning D: Society and Space (Forthcoming)
Woods M, Anderson J, Guilbert S, Watkin S, ‘The country(side) is angry’: emotion and explanation in protest mobilization Social and Cultural Geography(Forthcoming)
Woods M, Heley J, Richards C, Watkin S, 2012 ‘Rural people and the land’ inMaking Sense of Place Ed(s) I Convery, T Dutson, P Davis, G Corsane (Boydell and Brewer)
Heley J, Watkin S, Gardner G, 2012, ‘Cultures of local economy in a Celtic fringe region’ European Urban and Regional Studies (Available here)
Watkin S, 2010, ‘Rural Welfare to Work in Wales: young people’s experiences’ inWelfare Reform in Rural Places: Comparative Perspectives Ed. Terry Marsden (Emerald Group Publishing Limited) pp 131-150 (Available here)
Jones M, Watkin S, 2008, ’21st Century Employment and training in the Countryside? The Rural ‘New Deal’ Experience’, in New Labour’s Countryside: Rural Policy in Britain since 1997 Ed M Woods (Policy Press)
Convery I, Dutson T, Heley J, Richards R, Rogers R, Storey D, Watkin S, Woods M, 2008 ‘Rural People and the Land – the Case for Connections’ report to the Commission for Rural Communities
Watkin S, Woods M, 2008 ‘Central and Eastern European Migrant Workers in Rural Wales’ report for the Wales Rural Observatory