Ms Emily Harrop
Telephone:+44 (0) 29 208 70285
Address:Room 1.13, 1-3 Museum Place
- BA hons, History (2.1); University of Bristol, 1999- 2002
- MSC Ethnicity and Multiculturalism (distinction); University of Bristol 2003-2004
- Research Assistant, CISHE, SOCSI, Cardiff University; January 2005-October 2006. Projects:
-Evaluation of the Primary School Free Breakfast Initiative (Welsh Assembly Government).
-Exploratory study of lay & organisational perspectives on roles & responsibilities for health (Welsh Assembly Government).
- Fieldwork for the South Wales site in the project ‘Social Capital, History, and Policy Implementation: A Synthesis and Review of the Literature’ (Lancaster University, Department of Health).
-A Review of the Literature on Resilience, Coping and Salutogenic approaches to maintaining and generating health (NICE).
- Phd, CISHE, SOCSI, October 2006-
My underlying interest is in the ways in which groups of people respond to and challenge conditions of structural inequality and social disadvantage. This interest thus cuts across work on inequalities, social capital, resistance, social movements, and specific to my PhD, work on risk, lay-expert relationships and the public uptake of science. Methodologically speaking, I am particularly interested in exploring episodes and examples from the past through the use of documents, oral histories and narrative interviews.
PhD Topic/ Area
I am in my second year of a three year Case Studentship funded jointly by the Wales Centre for Health and the ESRC, titled ‘Contested knowledge in the assessment of public health risks: A case study of the Nant-y-Gwyddon landfill site in the Rhondda Valley, South Wales’.
The project is looking back at the development of community and professional responses to the Nant-y-Gwyddon landfill site in the period up to 2005. A main aim will be to explore how local residents and statutory bodies experienced and dealt with problems associated with the landfill site in this period. The research will seek in particular to examine how residents and statutory bodies understood and used scientific evidence and resources. The role of political parties, the media and other organisations with an interest or concern with the site will also be explored.