Co-ordinators of the Law Lab @ Cardiff

Nicky Priaulx, Cardiff School of Law & Politics

Nicky completed the LLB (2000) and her doctorate at the University of Kent (2004). She took up a Lectureship at Keele University in 2004 and joined Cardiff Law School in 2007.  Nicky’s work illustrates a keen and active engagement with actors from other disciplines and fields such as economics, the health sciences, science communication, bioethics and the behavioural and social sciences. What binds together her work is an enduring fascination around the relationship between knowledge and the development of social and public policy.

Nicky’s interest is in what we know, what we don’t know and how different institutions/fields manage (and acknowledge) this latter category in particular. Her work operationalizes these concerns by exploring how various disciplines typify social actors/society as expressed within disciplinary discourse/founding assumptions and the challenges involved in embracing insights from science to inform, among other fields, the legal project. As law emerges within this narrative, it can be implicated both as a specific case study in examining the formation and use of knowledge within different bodies of law, or as an example of a social institution whereby law is instrumentally engaged as a technology to manage a range of socio-political problems. Earlier work was more preoccupied with knowledge within law as a foundation for Nicky gaining technical and analytical abilities in legal epistemology. As such, that body of work explored the characterisations of harm in tort and the stories told by jurists about women, reproductivity and the family (see for example, The Harm Paradox: Tort Law and the Unwanted Child in an Era of Choice  (Routledge-Cavendish, 2007)). That work has now developed to focus on broader institutional questions, in exploring the role of knowledge, assumption and myth in fields like economics and bioethics, within abortion policy-making, the law of negligence, as well in addressing the broader question of how we view and think about the legal project itself. Greater immersion into non-legal fields including the health and social sciences, has also led to fruitful collaborations. The research agenda that emerges out of this reflects a broad range of activities, consisting of focused publishing targets and more experimental collaborative work.


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Lydia Hayes, Cardiff School of Law & Politics

Dr Lydia Hayes is awesome and currently holds a Journal of Law and Society research fellowship and a lectureship in legal research methods at Cardiff School of Law and Politics.  Previously she was at Bristol University where she taught public law and also spent time working at the International Labour Organisation in Geneva.  Her research seeks to understand how law at work shapes the experiences and well-being of workers in low-waged employment and in turn she explores their influence on the progress and dynamic evolution of law.  She has published on equal pay, the national minimum wage, the use of covert surveillance in care work, the regulation of working time, migration issues, and the right to organise and bargaining collectively.  Her PhD considered equal pay as a social justice issue and won the Bristol University research excellence award 2014.  Before training as an academic she worked as an official with the trade union, Unite.  Lydia is currently finishing her first monograph Working in Homecare: class, gender and law which will be published with Palgrave Macmillan in 2016Lydia has also worked extensively with NGOs and social enterprises such as the Terrence Higgins Trust, Big Issue, Cafe Direct, Fairtrade Foundation and with local authorities. She has a strong track record of project management and has worked on research funded by the European Commission, Oxfam UK and British Academy/Leverhulme.

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