I haven’t updated the blog since October and thought now would be a good time to do so. I have come to the end of the taught part of my research methods masters, and I am now starting the dissertation phase. I am very excited to put what I have learnt into practice and can’t wait to start my own research. My research this summer looks to understand how the ‘Paths for People’ project has affected people’s connection to their local community and nature. To find out more about the research you can read a blogpost I wrote for the Ramblers Cymru website here.

In other news I am setting off for just over a week of walking on the Offa’s Dyke path with my partner Sophie. The guidebook starts in Chepstow and finishes in Prestatyn, but we are walking the route backwards from Prestatyn, so it feels as if we are walking home and won’t have to get a long train back at the end. Our tent is tiny, and our backpacks are massive. So much so that I am not actually sure we can both fit in the tent with our backpacks inside. 

Getting a bit of training in with friends in the Black Mountains in April.

I am hoping to use the walk to not only take a break and enjoy being outside, but to also have a play around with some sensory methods that research participants will use this summer and in future research. These include sound/listening walks, photography, maybe some videos, a bit of sketching and making notes with the trusty pen and paper. Hopefully through playing around with these different methods I can start to understand some of the pros and cons of each and be able to offer some tips and advice to research participants when they are using them.

That’s all for now, but I will write another blog when I get back sharing how the trip went and if we did manage to get two bags and two people into the tent! 

Thanks for reading.

Published by Robert Mathlin

PhD student at Cardiff Uni researching walking.

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