research student

Rhys Furlong

Postgraduate Research Student and Associate Lecturer

Rhys Furlong


College of Health, Psychology and Social Care



I have been a student at the University of Derby since my Bachelors degree in 2014 and started my PhD in 2021 following the completion of my MRes in Psychology. My research uses mixed methods to explore the unique experiences of allotment gardeners from deprived areas and the members of staff and volunteers who work alongside them. Within this project I apply an ethnographic approach in which I work closely with my participants as a volunteer, collecting data through a variety of means including interviews, field notes surveys and photography. This project aligns with my own interest in gardening and experiences with the natural world; as such this has been a learning process for me not only in relation to my research but also in my life outside of academia.


The Experience of Allotment Gardening for Disadvantaged Groups: A Multimodal Ethnographic Study


Teaching responsibilities

I am an Associate lecturer within the School of Psychology and have taught on the following modules: