Civic Scholar

Judith is studying the wellbeing impact of grassroots ‘community-led’ housing for her PhD. Her work is focused on green space and infrastructure.

Judith is a PhD research student at UWE Bristol, and as a 50:50 funded scholar she receives support from both the university and Power to Change.

Having gained an undergraduate degree in Zoology from USW Swansea, Judith went on to undertake a career in the voluntary sector, with much of her work being within the fields of mental wellbeing and community development. During this time, she also co-founded Sustaining Life, a community organisation via which she ran a therapeutic allotment project and now uses to facilitate the delivery of mental health awareness training and various participative sessions.

It is this concern for community health and wellbeing, twinned with a passion for natural places, which has led Judith to undertake her current research. She intends to work alongside communities of interest, seeking to increase understanding of and advocate for improvements to the social, emotional, and physical health landscapes, both literally and metaphorically. From the vantage point of her home in the South Wales Valleys, Judith is aware of the impact of multiple disadvantages upon populations and hopes that her PhD will help influence policymaking and service design within housing in the UK and further afield


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