The research team

Professor Michael Woods
Michael Woods is the project leader for GLOBAL-RURAL. He is Professor of Human Geography at Aberystwyth University, where he also holds the title of Professor of Transformative Social Science, and is Co-Director of the ESRC WISERD/Civil Society Research Centre. In addition to work on globalization and rural areas, Mike’s research has covered topics of rural development, rural politics and protest and community governance. He was Co-ordinator of the FP7 DERREG project (‘Developing Europe’s Rural Regions in an Era of Globalization’) and Co-Director of the Wales Rural Observatory. He is editor of the Journal of Rural Studies, and author or editor of several books including Rural Geography (Sage, 2005), Contesting Rurality (Ashgate, 2005), Rural (Routledge, 2011), Globalization and Europe’s Rural Regions (Ashgate 2015) and Key Concepts in Rural Geography (Sage, 2015). AU webpage.
To contact Mike email: m.woods@aber.ac.uk

Dr Jesse Heley
Jesse Heley is co-investigator on the GLOBAL-RURAL project and a Lecturer in Human Geography at Aberystwyth University. Jesse completed at PhD at Aberystwyth and was previously employed as a post-doctoral research in the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD). His research interests include rural change, gentrification and the performance of middle class identities in rural communities, the evolution of spatial planning practice, and the lives of older people in rural communities and their involvement in voluntary activity. He is leader of a project on older people and volunteering as part of the ESRC WISERD/Civil Society Research Centre. AU webpage.
To contact Jesse email: eyh@aber.ac.uk

Dr Francesca Fois
Francesca Fois is a post-doctoral researcher on the GLOBAL-RURAL project. She joined the team in May 2016 from Nottingham University, where she had been employed as a Lecturer in Human Geography, having previously completed at PhD at Newcastle University on intentional communities in Brazil and Italy as alternative spaces. Francesca will be working on GLOBAL-RURAL research in Brazil and China and on the ‘global challenges’ work package.
To contact Francesca email: frf4@aber.ac.uk

Dr Laura Jones
Laura Jones is a post-doctoral researcher on the GLOBAL-RURAL project. After completing a PhD at Aberystwyth, Laura worked as a researcher and programme administrator for the FP7 DERREG project (‘Developing Europe’s Rural Regions in an Era of Globalization’) and for the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) and the Wales Rural Observatory. Laura will also be working with Jesse Heley on research on older people and volunteering as part of the ESRC WISERD/Civil Society Research Centre. AU webpage.
To contact Laura email: lgj@aber.ac.uk

Dr Anthonia Onyeahialam
Anthonia Onyearhialam is a GIS post-doctoral researcher on the GLOBAL-RURAL project and primarily responsible for GIS and geovisualization work as part of work package 2, ‘Mapping and Visualizing the Global Countryside’. Anthonia has recently completed a PhD at Newcastle University on human mobility and the spread of pathogens.
To contact Anthonia email: aio@aber.ac.uk

Dr Marc Welsh
Marc Welsh is a post-doctoral researcher on the GLOBAL-RURAL project. After completing a PhD at Aberystwyth, Marc was employed as a post-doctoral researcher on a Leverhulme Trust-funded project on the ‘Time-Spaces of Soft Paternalism’ and has worked as executive editor for the journals Regional Studies and Territory, Politics, Governance. AU webpage.
To contact Marc email: maw@aber.ac.uk

Dr Samantha Saville
Sam is a research assistant on the GLOBAL-RURAL project. She has completed a Human Geography PhD on value and environmental politics in Svalbard. She has previously worked as a visiting lecturer at Chester University and a tutor and researcher at the Centre for Alternative Technology. Sam’s work on the project concentrates on researching globalisation in rural Wales both through the Newtown case study on the Countertopography of Everyday Globalization work package,  and at festival events throughout the region as part of the (Re-)Assembling the Global Countryside work package.
To contact Sam: sms10@aber.ac.uk

Fidel Budy
Fidel Budy is a postgraduate researcher on the GLOBAL-RURAL project working on a PhD on biofuels and international land investment in Liberia, linked to work package 4. Fidel has a BA in Business Management from Hull University and a Master of Public Health in International Development from the University of Sheffield. AU webpage.
To contact Fidel email: fib9@aber.ac.uk

Beth Saunders
Beth Saunders is a postgraduate researcher on the GLOBAL- RURAL project working on a PhD looking into the role of faith based organisations in promoting social and environmental justice in areas of rural Africa. Beth has a BSc in Geography and an MA in Regional and Environmental Policy from Aberystwyth University.
To contact Beth email: eks@aber.ac.uk

Dr Reuben Knutson
Reuben Knutson is project administrator for the GLOBAL-RURAL project. His practice-based PhD examined the rural imaginary and lifestyle protest with reference to alternative living in West Wales in the 1970s, and its significance for contemporary Wales. Reuben is also Teaching Fellow in the department for Theatre, Film and Television at Aberystwyth University.
To contact Reuben email: rek@aber.ac.uk

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