Research students

Nye Davies

Nye Davies

I am conducting research into Aneurin Bevan’s political thought and ideas, attempting to establish the extent to which he had a coherent political strategy and philosophy. The research aims to explore his ideas in the context of Labour Party political thought and its legacy in contemporary British politics.

Francesca Dickson

Francesca Dickson

I am conducting a comparative study of Wales, Scotland and Bavaria, and looking to understand the motivations that their respective governments have in developing (autonomous) international agency. Specifically, I am focusing on those international activities that cannot be easily explained with reference to functional requirements (such as those typically considered by Multi Level Governance).

Steffan Evans

Steffan Evans

I am conducting research into the effects of devolution and legal divergence on social housing in England and Wales. My research aims to explore whether the divergence that has developed in law between the two is having an effect in practice.

Aled Morgan Hughes

Aled Morgan Hughes

I am conducting research into Political Leadership in devolved Scotland and Wales. My research aims to explore to what degree the political trend of ‘Presedentialisation’ can be traced in both political systems, whilst also considering its implications on the way political leadership is delivered.

Robert Jones

Robert Jones

Robert’s research is focusing upon imprisonment and devolution in Wales. His research interests include debates surrounding the proposed Wrexham ‘super’ prison and the potential devolution of criminal justice powers to Wales.

Jac Larner

Jac Larner

My main interests are focused on elections and voters in subnational political arenas, primarily why people vote the way they do. I am also interested in how information from subnational and national levels affects this behaviour, as well as the influence of political campaigns on political attitudes. My research seeks to understand the determinants of electoral choice in Wales.

Helen Taylor

Helen Taylor

My PhD is a piece of applied philosophy. It explores the use of John Rawls’ difference principle as a test for social justice in contemporary social policy. I am using the Housing (Wales) Bill as a case study to test whether the policy does indeed deliver on commitments to social justice. I hope to show an insight into the use of Rawls’ principle as a tangible policy test, and also comment on the Welsh Government’s commitment to social justice. My general academic interests lie in using philosophical theories to explore questions of justice in contemporary society, with an emphasis on engaging with stakeholders. I currently work for newsdirect wales, and also have a particular interest in the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Bill and the impact of welfare reform. In previous work I have looked at the impact of welfare reform on effective agency, including conducting research in frontline homelessness organisations.

taylorh16@cf.ac.uk

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