I am a lecturer at the Department of Geography and Earth Science at Aberystwyth University. My research focusses on migration, multiculturalism, and participation. I am currently Primary Investigator on a project examining how immigrants from A8 countries – those central European countries which joined the EU in 2004 – contribute to their local communities. This project is part of the ESRC-funded WISERD Civil Society Research Centre.
I was raised in Ystalyfera, near Swansea in southern Wales. I was educated at Ysgol Ystalyfera and the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. I graduated with first class honours in Geography and International Politics in 2006, before winning a Welsh-medium teaching studentship. I received my MA in Political Geography in 2007, and my PhD on the everyday experiences of Muslims in western Wales in 2011. I was appointed to a Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol lectureship in Human Geography in 2011. I was Moore Institute Fellow at the National University of Ireland, Galway in 2015. I am a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers – the RGS-IBG) and am Secretary of the RGS-IBG’s Social & cultural Geography Research Group.