Dr Delyth Edwards

Research Associate - Understanding Everyday Participation: Articulating Cultural Values (AHRC funded Project)

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Career history

I grew up hearing stories about “the Home” from my mother. “The Home” was an orphanage in Belfast called Nazareth House, where my mother had grown up during the 1940s and 1950s. It was my fascination with these familial stories that led me to my doctoral research at Queen’s University in Belfast. The thesis, completed in 2012, was entitled The Girls of Nazareth House, 1940-1960: (Auto)biographical Understandings of Care Experiences and Identities. My research sought to explore how women who lived in the care of Nazareth House in Belfast, during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s interpret and re-tell their (auto)biographies and the ways they (re)construct everyday experience and ontologies of the self (Hankiss 1981).
Prior to this, I gained a BScEcon in Sociology from Cardiff University in 2004 and an MA in Sociological Research from Essex University in 2006. During the following two years I worked as a research assistant at the Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of Glamorgan (now known as the University of South Wales) and simultaneously worked as a research assistant on a number of freelance projects in Cardiff. I have reviewed articles submitted for publication in:Child Care in Practice (Routledge) and British Journal of Social Work (Oxford Journals). In 2013 I was asked to carry out a written evaluation of a project carried out by the Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE) and who collaborated with the British Library called The Care Leavers Story Project.


I am a post-doctoral research associate working on the Understanding Everyday Participation: Articulating Cultural Values AHRC funded project, led by Dr Andrew Miles (University of Manchester) and with Dr Lisanne Gibson (Museum Studies at Leicester) as Co-I. I am responsible for the ethnographies and in-depth household interviews being carried out in the case study locations. I am currently working with Lisanne Gibson on situated participation in Gateshead. www.everydayparticipation.org

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