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.
MINAGRIS, an EU-funded project which launches today, will explore how plastic debris is affecting soil biodiversity, soil functions, related ecosystem services, and agricultural productivity.
e Ingram, Jane Mills, Matt Reed, and Charlotte Chivers of the CCRI were recently involved in delivering two sessions at Eurosoil 2021.
The RGS-IBG Annual International Conference takes place from Tuesday 31 August to Friday 3 September 2021 and two researchers from CCRI will contribute to the online event.
CCRI’s Dr Julie Urquhart has been appointed to the newly formed Trees and Woodlands Scientific Advisory Group (TAW-SAG), established to provide expert scientific input to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to inform the England tree planting programme.
Defra have published CCRI research how professional fishers and recreational anglers participate in the management and science of fisheries in England.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Matt Reed as the CCRI’s new Director.