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Niamh Moore

Niamh Moore
Dr Niamh Moore
Senior Lecturer
Room 3.09, 3F2 18 Buccleuch Place Edinburgh UK EH8 8LN
+44(0)131 6508260
Research Interests
Feminist theory, ethics and research practices, Feminist Research, Sustainability, women's movements, ecofeminism, archives, Research methodology, oral history, community-based participatory research, Queer Theory, interdisciplinary research, transdisciplinary research, narrative research

Guidance and Feedback Hours

  • Please email to arrange a mutually convient time to meet.


My work is centrally concerned with ‘re-visioning’ an eco/feminist politics of sustainability, by applying the lens of sustainability in new contexts. This holistic approach links environmental sustainability with human and non-human health and well-being, asking how we can sustain collective and personal movements towards social justice, and how the very practice of research, and research methods, might be reworked to sustain a more-than-human world. It is focused on the necessary interconnections and relationalities between these.

I pursue this re-conceptualisation of sustainability through three interrelated foci:
(i) sustaining a more-than-human world (ii) sustaining research, and sustaining research data and (iii) sustaining communities and movements (feminism)

Open dataset: Clayoquot Lives: An Ecofeminist Story Web. See:

Current ESRC-funded project: Reanimating Data: Experiments with people, places, archives. See

Selected Publications


  • Niamh Moore, Andrea Salter, Liz Stanley, Maria Tamboukou (2017) The Archive Project: Doing Archival Research in the Social Sciences, London: Routledge. Including Moore, 'Reweaving Archival Imaginaries: Researching Community Archives'. See and our related website:

Articles and Book Chapters

  • Moore, N. ‘Wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey’ LGBT histories: community archives as boundary objects’ in Simon Popple, Andrew Prescott and Daniel H. Mutibwa, eds., Communities, Archives and New Collaborative Practices, Bristol: The Policy Press, forthcoming 2019
  • Moore, N. (2018) 'A cat’s cradle of feminist and other critical approaches to participatory research' in Facer, K. and Dunleavy, K. (eds.) Connected Communities Foundation Series. Bristol: University of Bristol/AHRC Connected Communities Programme. Available at:
  • Gilchrist, P., Holmes, C., Lee, A., Moore, N. and Ravenscroft, N. (2015) Co-designing Non-hierarchical Community Arts Research: The Collaborative Stories Spiral’, Qualitative Research, 15:4(459-471). Open access at:
  • Niamh Moore, Andrew Church, Jacqui Gabb, Claire Holmes, Amelia Lee, Neil Ravenscroft (2014) ‘Growing Intimate PrivatePublics: Everyday utopia in the naturecultures of a young lesbian and bisexual women’s allotment’, Feminist Theory 15(3):327-343. DOI: 10.1177/146470011454532
  • with Neil Ravenscroft, Niamh Moore, Ed Welch and Rachel Hanney, ‘Beyond Agriculture: the counter-hegemony of community farming’, Agriculture and Human Values: Journal of the Agriculture, Food, and Human Value Society, 30: 4 (629-639) 2013
  • with the Encounters Collaborative: '(Un)doing Collaboration: Reflections on the Practices of Collaborative Research', CRESC Working Paper 127, August 2013, available to download at:
  • Sarah Banks, Andrea Armstrong, Kathleen Carter, Helen Graham, Peter Hayward, Alex Henry, Tessa Holland, Claire Holmes, Amelia Lee, Ann McNulty, Niamh Moore, Nigel Nayling, Ann Stokoe & Aileen Strachan, ‘Everyday Ethics in Community-based Participatory Research’, in Contemporary Social Science: Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences, ‘Special Issue: Knowledge Mobilisation and the Social Sciences: Dancing with New Partners in an Age of Austerity’, 8:3 (263-277) 2013
  • ‘The Politics and Ethics of Naming: Questioning Anonymisation in (Archival) Social Research’, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 15:4(331-340) 2012
  • with Julia Woodman, ‘Evidence for the Effectiveness of Alexander Technique Lessons in Medical and Health-related Conditions: A Systematic Review’, International Journal of Clinical Practice, 66:1 (98-112) 2012
  • with Neil Ravenscroft, Ed Welsh and Andrew Church, ‘Connecting communities through food: the development of community supported agriculture in the UK’, CRESC Working Paper 115, October 2012, available at
  • with Miles Tight et al, ‘Visions for a Walking and Cycling Focussed Urban Transport System’, Journal of Transport Geography, 19 (1580-1589) 2011
  • ‘Ecofeminism and Rewriting the Ending of Feminism: From the Chipko Movement to Clayoquot Sound’, Feminist Theory, 12:3(3-21) 2011
  • with Till Geiger and Mike Savage, ‘The Archive in Question’, National Centre for Research Methods Review Paper NCRM/016, March 2010 available at
  • with Shinobu Majima, ‘Introduction: Rethinking Qualitative and Quantitative Methods ’, Introduction to Special Issue on Narrative, Numbers and Social Change, Cultural Sociology, 3: 2 (203-216), 2009
  • ‘Ecofeminism, Non-Violence and the Future of Feminism’, International Feminist Journal of Politics, 10:3 (282-298), 2008 –
  • Responses from two experts in the field were invited and published alongside this
  • ‘Debating Eco/feminist Natures’, International Feminist Journal of Politics, 10:3 (314-321), 2008 – Invited comment on responses to my original paper
  • ‘The Rise and Rise of Ecofeminism as a Development Fable – A Response to Melissa Leach’s “Earth Mothers and Other Ecofeminist Fables: How a Strategic Notion Rose and Fell” ’, Development and Change, 39:3 (461-475), 2008
  • ‘(Re)Using Qualitative Data?’, Sociological Research Online, 12:3, 2007, available at
  • ‘The Context of Context: Broadening Perspectives in the Reuse of Qualitative Data’, Methodological Innovations Online, 1:2, December 2006 (available at

Current PhD students

Thalia Assan

Nuria Lopez Vazquez

Andy Marks

Claire Perier

Laura Wright

Completed Phd students

Katherine Baxter

Shelly Coyne

Martina Karels

Maggie Morrison

Nathalia Salamanca Sarmiento

Topics interested in supervising

I am keen to supervise students interesting in working on ecofeminism, feminist histories, queer studies, community food growing, sustainability, activism, grassroots and community archives, as well as students with interests in particular methodologies, including oral history, archival research, visual methods, community-based participatory research, more-than-human approaches to research

If you are interested in being supervised by Niamh Moore, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Sociology; MSc (R) Sociology; MSc (R) Socio-Cultural Studies