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Erin Roberts

Dr Erin Roberts

Research Associate

School of Social Sciences

Tower Building, Room 8.04, 70 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT
Welsh speaking


My research interests relate to the ways in which place, culture, identity and climate policies intersect and interact. Specifically, I am interested in how individuals and communities make sense of these issues locally by reflecting on the past and the present, as well as how they relate to future projections, providing insights into opportunities and barriers for change. These interests result from my interdisciplinary background, which has provided me with an in-depth understanding of the social, cultural, environmental and political issues arising from the need to transition to a more sustainable society.

To date, my work has spanned exploring the everyday energy practices of (predominantly off-gas) rural households, relationally valuing nature for wellbeing at the coast, and embodied sense-making of environmental quality.


Un o'm mhrif ddiddordebau yw sut mae lle, diwylliant, hunaniaeth a pholisïau hinsawdd yn rhyngweithio, ac mae fy ngwaith yn canolbwyntio ar sut mae unigolion a chymunedau yn gwneud synnwyr o berthnasau a newidiadau amgylcheddol-cymdeithasol. Mae'r diddordebau hyn yn deillio o fy nghefndir rhyngddisgyblaethol, a'r amryw o faterion sy'n codi o'r angen i ddatgarboneiddio. Yn fy ngwaith rwy'n defnyddio amryw o ddulliau creadigol a thraddodiadol i ddatblygu dealltwriaeth well o'r cyfleoedd a rhwystrau wynebir gan wahanol gymunedau wrth i'n cymdeithas newid i un carbon isel. 

Hyd yn hyn, rwyf wedi ymchwilio arferion ynni teuluoedd gwledig (mewn cartrefi heb gysylltiad nwy yn bennaf), sut mae pobl sy'n byw ger yr arfordir yn gwerthfawrogi natur er mwyn lles (gwerthoedd perthynol), a sut mae cymunedau yn synhwyro ansawdd yr amgylchedd lleol.










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Education and Qualifications:

  • 2011 - 2016: PhD (Social Sciences), Cardiff University (UK)
  • 2010 - 2011: MSc Sustainability, Planning and Environmental Policy, School of City and Regional Planning, Cardiff University (UK)
  • 2007 - 2010: BA (Hons) Human Geography, Insitute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University (UK)

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the RGS-IBG
    • Energy Geographies Research Group
    • Rural Geographies Research Group

Academic positions

  • 2017 - present: Research Associate, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
    • 2022 - present UK Enhanced rock weathering greenhouse gas removal demonstrator [UK ERW GGR-D] (UKRI-funded)
    • 2018 - 2020 - Valuing the contribution which coasts make to human health and wellbeing, with a focus on alleviation of coastal hazards [CoastWEB] (NERC-Funded)
    • 2017 - present - Flexible Integrated Energy Systems [FLEXIS] (WEFO-funded)
  • 2016 - 2017: Research Associate, Understanding Risk Research Group (School of Psychology), Cardiff University
    • Short-term part-time position funded by UK Energy Research Center [UKERC] and the Center for Industrial Materials, Energy and Products [CIE-MAP].
  • 2011 - 2016: PhD Student, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
    • PhD Thesis:  "Reducing energy consumption in everyday life: a study of landscapes of energy consumption in rural households and communities in North Wales." (ESRC-funded)
    • During this period, I was also at times supporting data collection for various projects as an Assistant Researcher. Mainly I assisted with consultative workshops for the following projects (part-time):
      • 'Public Perceptions of Unconventional Gas Extraction’  (NSF-funded - 2015);
      • 'Public perceptions of risk relating to carbon capture and storage' (EPSRC-funded - 2016);

      • 'Public perceptions of low-carbon futures' (ESRC-funded - 2016);
    • I also undertook qualitative data analysis (surveys and interviews) using SPSS and NVivo for the following projects (part-time):
      • ‘Public Perceptions of Ocean Acidification Risks’ (NERC-funded - 2015);
      • 'Energy Biographies' (ESRC-funded - 2015)

Committees and reviewing

  • 2014 - 2016: Postgraduate Representative for Energy Geographies Research Group
  • 2013: Member of organising committee - Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research Annual International PhD Conference
  • 2012 - 2013: Member of organising committee - Postgraduate Café, Cardiff Univeristy