Dr Katy Wright
- Position: Lecturer in Sociology & Social Policy
- Areas of expertise: Community resilience; climate change; citizen participation; risk and vulnerability; futures; planning; preparation
- Email: K.J.Wright@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 6936
- Location: 12.39 Social Sciences Building
- Website: Twitter | ORCID
I have worked in the School of Sociology & Social Policy since completing my PhD in 2012, having previously at the University of Sheffield and at the UNESCO Centre, University of Ulster (Coleraine) and for a number of years outside of academia in a range of public, private and voluntary sector roles.
- Deputy Director of Student Education
- Academic Personal Tutor Lead
With an interdisciplinary background incorporating humanities, politics and the social sciences, much of my work has focused on communities and localist policy agendas. Most recently, I have been working on the concept of community resilience which links into an ongoing interest in the ways the public is co-opted and enrolled into policy agendas.
I have also been working on the topic of climate change, carrying out research into public attitudes and values.
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.<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 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. I contribute teaching to a number of modules at UG and PG level as well as supervising PhD students in the school and in interdisciplinary supervisory teams across the University.
I am part of the interdisciplinary Leverhulme Doctoral Training Programme on Extinction Studies at Leeds for which I act as supervisor and also lead the Digital Resources working group team.
Research groups and institutes
- The Bauman Institute