about us

Bath Spa University, United Kingdom (Lead Research Organisation)
National Trust, United Kingdom (Project Partner)
National Library of Wales, United Kingdom (Project Partner)
Welsh College (Project Partner)
University of Exeter, United Kingdom (Project Partner)

Sara Penrhyn Jones (Principal Investigator)
Catherine Elizabeth Rigby (Co-Investigator)
Anna Woodham (Co-Investigator)
Bryony Annette Onciul (Co-Investigator)
Reuben Knutson (Research Associate)

An AHRC Care for the Future project, which engages with the AHRC’s Researching Environmental Change network.


Sara Penrhyn Jones
How do the dynamics of voice and power play out in traditional and 'new' media? I critique established media communication norms, and test alternatives in my own work (filmmaking). My practice-based research is politically committed to the ideal of social justice, and I examine and promote communication in aid of civic values. Areas of interest (and experience) include activist, participatory, and community filmmaking. I collaborate outside my own field, and have worked with climate-scientist, theatre directors, NGOs, charities, public organisations, authors, publishers and broadcasters on various art and communication projects. I'm part of a group of ten academics currently exploring 'Hydrocitizenship', communities' relationship with water, using arts-based means (under the AHRC's Connected Communities programme). I will be co-managing the case study in Borth and Tal-y-bont with Alex Plows (Bangor University). Owain Jones (Gloucester University) is directing the research as PI. This three-year project connects with my broader- and driving- interest in climate change communication.

Catherine Elizabeth Rigby

Professor of Environmental Humanities in the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies. Following undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Melbourne and Freiburg University (Germany), I completed my PhD at Monash University in 1991 and was offered a Lectureship in German Studies at Monash that year. In 1994, I returned to Germany as a Humboldt Fellow, and in 1997 was promoted to Senior Lecturer . Since 1996, I have also been on the Board of the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, and from 1999 to 2004, I held a dual appointment in German and Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, of which I was the Direction from 2004-2007. I was promoted to Associate Professor and elected to the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2006, and held the position of Deputy Head (Education) in ECPS from 2009-2011. Informing my more recent research in the Environmental Humanities, is my strong interest in ecocriticism, ecophilosophy and ecotheology.


Anna Woodham

Before joining the Institute I worked at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Legacy Programme and Meta-Evaluation. I have a background of working in the museum sector and before starting my PhD I worked in the Paintings, Drawings and Prints department of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.


Bryony Annette Onciul

Dr Bryony Onciul earned her BA in History and Politics from the University of Nottingham, an  MA in Heritage Education and Interpretation from Newcastle University, and went on to study her PhD funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council at the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies at Newcastle University. She studied at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, as part of her undergraduate degree and did extensive research in Canada as part of her MA and PhD.

Bryony’s research in history, heritage and museology continues to take her overseas and she is currently working on projects that look at the UK, Ireland, Eastern Europe, the Americas, New Zealand, Australia, Micronesia, and the Caribbean.


Reuben Knutson

I am an artist and researcher, and in the closing stages of a practice-based PhD which examines the historiographic role of art and film forms with particular reference to countercultural practices in Wales in the 1970s. Previously, I worked in Bristol, producing films and live events individually, and as part of the artist duo ‘Artic’; and was working for the national arts organization Axis presenting work, critique and discussion with visual artists, critics and curators. I am currently Teaching Fellow in film & television at Aberystwyth University.