Dr Katy Wright
- Position: Lecturer in Sociology & Social Policy
- Areas of expertise: Citizen participation; communities; consultations; resilience; emergencies; disasters; empowerment; democracy; infrastructure; futures; planning; preparation
- Email: K.J.Wright@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 6936
- Location: 12.44 Social Sciences Building
- Website: Twitter | ORCID
I have worked in the School of Sociology & Social Policy since completing my PhD in 2012, having previously worked as a researcher at the University of Sheffield and at the UNESCO Centre, University of Ulster (Coleraine) and for several years outside of academia in public, private and third sector roles.
- Programme Manager MA in Social & Public Policy
- Deputy Director of Student Education
With an interdisciplinary background incorporating humanities, politics and the social sciences, much of my recent work has focused on communities - particularly participation and engagement - and on policy targeted at localities. This has included studying community consultation in Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects using the TIdal Lagoon Swansea Bay project as a case study. I am also interested in the social role of infrastructure, and how different claims and uses of infrastructure and public space play out in everyday life.
More recently, I have been exploring the concept of community resilience from a critical perspective, and am currently under contract with Routledge to produce a book on this topic (forthcoming 2021). The concept of resilience links into my ongoing interest in participation and engagement, whilst introducing a more explicit temporal dimension into my work. This has led to a new strand of interest which focuses on various strategies taken by citizens, government and other organisations to prepare for different futures, and the different ways in which potential futures are discursively and analytically framed and understood.
My previous research has involved working with a range of public, private and third sector organisations, including UNESCO; Tidal Lagoon Power; the Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP); local and national voluntary sector organisations; local authorities in Wales and England; the Royal College of General Practitioners; and sector skills councils. I am committed not only to disseminating findings and insights through traditional academic routes, but also through direct engagement with different non-academic audiences.
I currently supervise the following PhD students:
Ibtisam Alamri "Hijab in Saudi Society"
Awadh Alotaibi "Saudi Arabian Youth Participation"
Sebastian Castellanos "The role of regulation in shared mobility modes" (based in Institute for Transport Studies)
Ian Sullivan “How can communities transform energy use towards zero-carbon through social and political action?” (Priestley Centre scholarship, co-supervised with Earth and Environmental Science and the School of Geography)
Dorota Kordecka “Solidarity as an activator and element of ethically charged collective responses to the global reality”
Rehab Alotaibi “”Women and social movements in Saudi society”<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>
- PhD Sociology in Social Policy
- MA Conflict Resolution
- MA Educational Research
- BA(Hons) Theology & Religious Studies
- British Sociological Association
I am currently Programme Director of the MA in Social & Public Policy and co-convenor of the State Crime and Immorality undergraduate module. I also teach on the Beyond the University module, and convene the Project Labs module for the Masters in Public Administration. I am one of two Deputy Directors of Student Education in the School of Sociology & Social Policy, and I am also Deputy Director of the Bauman Institute. With colleagues from Leeds and beyond, I am co-editor of the journal Sociological Research Online.
Research groups and institutes
- The Bauman Institute