Personal profile

Vision Statement

My research is inspired by the need to advance understanding, and in turn develop more conducive ways of supporting and recording, the role of shared community practice in sustainable place-making. My primary research interests are orientated around community resource use, shared practice, collaborative governance of green and blue space, ‘sustainable place-making’ and skills, knowledge and learning for sustainability. This includes, for example, exploring how differing ways of knowing, understanding and ‘doing’ sustainability practice are brought together through place-based initiatives; the role of shared community resource ownership and/ or collaborative forms of resource management and use, in contributing to meaningful relationships between people and the natural environment; and, the role of shared practice and situated knowledge in enhancing the ‘sustainable productivity’ of a local resource base. Reflective of my human geography background, my interest in the notion of sustainable place-making is founded in a fascination with emplaced nature-society relations. As part of my focus on shared practice, I am also interested in researching human-animal relations.

Biography

Prior to joining CAWR Alex was a Research Fellow at the Sustainable Places Research Institute, Cardiff University, and previously, a senior research associate/ research manager at the ESRC Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS). Although originally a human geographer by training, her constant involvement since 2005, in inter- multi- and cross- disciplinary research practice, sees her identifying more closely these days with the broader field of (social) sustainability science.

Alex specialises in qualitative research techniques, with much of her work informed by a participatory action research approach to study design. She is experienced in researching community-based sustainable place making both within the UK and internationally. This includes, for example, on-going collaboration with colleagues from Colombia, Brazil, Canada, China and mainland Europe. For the period 2011-2015 she was also a co-editor of the international Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning (Taylor and Francis).

External funding sources supporting Alex's research to date have included the UK Economic and Social Research Council, Welsh Government, Canal and Rivers Trust, The Law Society (Wales), Sustrans and the Forestry Commission. She has also previously received funding to participate in international visiting research scholarships in Finland (Ruralia, University of Helsinki) and Hungary (Hungary Academy of Sciences, Budapest). Most recently, under the lead of Wageningen University (and together with partner institutions from five other European countries), Alex has been successful in securing funding for a multi-partner EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie–Innovative Training Network, entitled ‘SUSPLACE’ (2015-2019). The overall aim of SUSPLACE is to train ESRs in innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to studying sustainable place-shaping practices.

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Research Output 2015 2017

Aging Animal Bodies: Horse Retirement Yards as Relational Spaces of Liminality, Dwelling and Negotiation

Franklin, A. & Schuurman, N. 16 Aug 2017 In : Social and Cultural Geography. (in press), p. (in press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

retirement
animal
aging
horse
apartment
entrepreneur
community development
learning
sustainability
climate change
2 Citations

Failing better: The stochastic art of evaluating community-led environmental action programs

Dunkley, R. A. & Franklin, A. 9 Nov 2016 In : Evaluation and Program Planning. 60, p. 112-122

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Art
Evaluation
art
learning
Learning

Activities 2007 2014

  • 25 Participation in conference

Sustainability Science Summer School

Franklin, A. (Co-convenor)
30 Jun 20144 Jul 2014

Activity: Participation in conference

Engaging Shared Worlds, CUEXPO 2013

Franklin, A. (Speaker)
12 Jul 201315 Jul 2013

Activity: Participation in conference

Sustainability Science Summer School

Franklin, A. (Co-convenor)
24 Jun 201328 Jun 2013

Activity: Participation in conference

European Society for Rural Sociology

Franklin, A. (Speaker)
29 Jul 20131 Aug 2013

Activity: Participation in conference

Emotional Geographies 2013

Franklin, A. (Speaker)
1 Jul 20133 Jul 2013

Activity: Participation in conference