Hi, I’m Rob and this is my blog where I reflect on my journey as a PhD student in the sociology department at Cardiff University. My research is part of the ongoing Paths for People project ran by Ramblers Cymru (https://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/paths-for-people.aspx). This project is about making sure footpaths aren’t lost and local communities know the rights they have over footpaths. In this way, my research also considers how people connect to footpaths and green corridors through their identity. Both how the landscape is shaped by the individual and how the individual is shaped by the landscape.

Previous to this point I have studied Politics and International Relations at Aston University before finishing a masters in Welsh Government and Politics at Cardiff University.

I envision this blog to catalogue my PhD journey but to also share some of my other related interests from time to time. These will mainly come in the form of hikes and bike rides. I am lucky to be part of a great cycling community and I can highly recommend checking out the following links if cycling is your thing.

For The Hell Of It is a collective of cyclists from Cardiff who I frequently ride with that enjoy long gravel bike rides, sleeping outside without tents and photography. https://www.forthehellofit.cc/blog

Lord Cycles is a custom bike frame company ran by my close friend Chris Lord. Check out his newly launched website to see his masterful work and be sure to get in contact if you are ever in the market for a custom built bike! https://www.lordcycles.co.uk

If you want more of me then you can follow me on Twitter @MathlinRobert.

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