Catrin Wyn Edwards

Dr, BA, MScEcon, PhD, PGCTHE

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Catrin is an expert on migration, sanctuary, multi-level governance and nationalism. Her current project explores notions of migrant carcerality in Europe, specifically in search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean. Her latest research is broadly in the fields of International Political Sociology, Political Geography, Nationalism, and Migration, Citizenship and Border Studies. She has conducted fieldwork on migration, sanctuary and carcerality in Wales and across multiple sites across Europe and North America, and has spent time as a visiting scholar at EURAC (Bolzano), UQAM (Montréal), Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) and Université de Moncton (Moncton).

Catrin co-established and co-convenes the Migration Research Wales Network (WISERD) which has the aim of developing research capacity, and encouraging dialogue between academics at Welsh institutions and between academics and practitioners.

Catrin has contributed to numerous policy debates and discussions on migrant linguistic integration, resettlement, sanctuary and second homes. In 2018, Catrin was awarded Aberystwyth University’s ‘Exceptional Impact in Social Science, Arts and Humanities Research’ (with Dr Elin Royles and Dr Huw Lewis).

Catrin serves as a member of the Welsh Government’s ‘Migrant Integration Steering Group’ and on the editorial board of the Canadian journal, Minorités linguistiques et société / Linguistic Minorities and Society. 

Since spring 2018, Catrin has been a Trustee at the Welsh Centre of International Affairs. 

Catrin Edwards joined the department in 2015 as a Lecturer in International Politics, having previously worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa. She was awarded her PhD in International Politics from the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University in 2014 for a thesis on language politics, immigration and educational policy in Catalonia, Wales and Quebec. 


Research interests

A key priority for Catrin is engaging with research and policy partners beyond her immediate academic network. This has already led to collaboration with non-academic communities both to ensure that her research has societal impact and more generally in order to bridge the gap between policy and academic communities. This has involved preparing evidence-based policy briefing papers for governmental and non-governmental actors in the UK including the Welsh Government, Home Office, Department for Communities and Local Government and Department for International Development. Catrin has also collaborated with a range of governmental and non-governmental actors internationally to share examples of best practice in immigrant integration and language policies from Catalonia and Wales.

In 2018, Catrin (along with Drs Elin Royles and Huw Lewis) was awarded Aberystwyth University’s ‘Exceptional Impact in Social Science, Arts and Humanities Research’ award. 

Catrin convenes the Migration Research Wales Network (WISERD) with Dr Rhys Dafydd Jones (DGES, Aberystwyth University). 

Additional information

Catrin has been a Trustee with the Welsh Centre of International Affairs since 2018.


Director of Welsh Medium Studies 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


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