Greetings from Edinburgh,
Spring has sprung! We’ve had a few weeks of lovely weather and the sun is setting later and later. The city is absolutely gorgeous.
All is well here. I’ve started at my dissertation placement in Glasgow, at Child Poverty Action Group, and I’m really enjoying it so far. The staff are wonderful and extremely knowledgeable. My first step is to get a handle on social security policy in the United Kingdom, and in Scotland specifically; a lot has happened with welfare reform over the past seven years. The focus of the dissertation will be how these changes have affected low-income families in Scotland, so I will be analyzing 16 interviews with four individuals/families that the organization, in partnership with a professor at the University of Edinburgh, have conducted. Depending on the results of the research, my dissertation may be used to help CPAG offer the Scottish government policy advice on the future of social welfare reform. It’s very exciting! I commute to the office on Wednesdays and Thursdays and work from Edinburgh campus the rest of the week.
Aside from my dissertation work, I’ve had a little time to do some traveling/sight-seeing, most notably in Peebles and York. Peebles is a very small town in the Scottish borders, about 20 miles south of Edinburgh. It’s quiet and charming, and surrounded by stunning countryside and many scenic walking trails.
York is one of the oldest towns in England, and although it’s also small, there’s a lot to see. The York Minster (largest cathedral in northern Europe), Castle Howard, the Shambles (a street of old buildings, some from the 14th century), the remainder of the castle wall, and any one of the many cafes and restaurants lining the river are all highlights. It’s a lovely, vibrant place.
That’s all from me this month. Hope you are all well!