BSc (Geography), MSc (Sustainability, Planning, and Environmental Policy), MSc (Social Science Research Methods - distinction)
Caitlin is a transdisciplinary PhD researcher with specialist interest in planning and environmental policy, stakeholder engagement, and technology. Her research explores the “best practice” use of information, communication, and collaboration technologies within the planning and environment sector; specifically how organisations (including planning and public bodies) engage the public and other stakeholders with environmental, planning, and policy decisions. She is currently in the third year of her research (2021/22), which is fully-funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and supervised by Dr Rob Berry (CCRI), Professor Scott Orford (Cardiff University), Dr Beth Brockett (Natural England), and Chris Short (CCRI). Her research broadly aims to:
- Contribute to knowledge and understanding of the use of digital tools for public and stakeholder engagement, making recommendations for their “best practice” use within the planning and environment sector.
- Help enhance environmental decision-making processes so that they are more effective and inclusive of a diversity of voices, promoting more sustainable outcomes.
Impact, engagement, and outreach are central to Caitlin’s research approach. This involves facilitating collaboration with and between diverse stakeholders to help generate evidence-based outputs which have tangible benefits for policy, practice, and wider society. Recent activity has included providing and sharing expert knowledge with UK government ministerial departments and agencies, UK-based and international organisations, and expert committees for science-policy communication. She has completed a 4-month UKRI Policy Internship in the Welsh Government, using statistical modelling to explore national indicators for well-being. Caitlin is an active member of several academic/professional committees, including the Participatory Geographies Research Group (PYGYRG) of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), and Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) Young Academics Network. She has previously served on the Council (Board of Trustees) of the RGS-IBG as the elected Chair of their Postgraduate Forum (2019/20).
Hafferty, C. (2020) What factors are linked to people feeling able to influence decisions affecting their local area? Technical Report. Welsh Government, Cardiff.
Hafferty, C. (2020) What factors are linked to people being satisfied with the area that they live in? Technical Report. Welsh Government, Cardiff.
Hafferty, C. (2020) What factors are linked to people agreeing that their local area has a sense of community? Technical Report. Welsh Government, Cardiff.
Hafferty, C. (2020) What factors are linked to people feeling safe in their local area? Technical Report. Welsh Government, Cardiff.
Hafferty, C. (2020) What factors are linked to people speaking the Welsh language? Technical Report. Welsh Government, Cardiff.
Hafferty, C. (2020) What factors are linked to people living in households that are in material deprivation? Technical Report. Welsh Government, Cardiff.
Hafferty, C. (2020) Key themes linked to a selection of national indicators for the well-being of Wales. Technical Report. Welsh Government, Cardiff.
Short, C., Hafferty, C., Breyer, J., Bell, G., Ord-Hume, D., Jackson-Matthews, S., McLaren, C. (2019). LM0481: Assessment of the impact of agri-environment schemes on SSSI recovery - Evidence Review. Defra.
A number of CCRI researchers are authors of a chapter in a new book entitled ‘Researching People and the Sea: Methodologies and Traditions’.
Next week, the Annual Conference of The Agricultural Economics Society will be held online on 29th & 30th March. Three researchers from the CCRI will be participating in a variety of roles.
Would you like to gain work experience in a dynamic research team, carrying out academic research and consultancy projects for a wide range of clients? We are seeking to appoint a Research Assistant (Placement Student) to support our work for 2020-2021.
Next month, Professor Damian Maye will be presenting at a Royal Geographic Society event that will be discussing the economic and social impacts related to COVID-19.
A new study of LEADER, commissioned by DG AGRI, is currently underway, led by a partnership of the CCRI in the UK, ÖIR (Austria) and ADE (Belgium). An online survey is available to collect experiences of those involved in LEADER.
The CCRI team have launched a mini-consultation for young people aged 18-25 years in eight rural areas across England. Participate to have your say and be in with a chance of winning our prize draw!