Cathy’s research investigates creative practice and she works collaboratively with artists, designers, academics, external partners and industry across a range of disciplines both in the UK and internationally. Her most recent work is investigating ways in which creativity can support wellbeing and her research has included RCUK funded collaborative projects with the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, University of Technology Sydney, University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde and Birmingham City University.

Cathy was one of the founder members of CARIAD (Centre for Applied Research in Inclusive Arts and Design) at Cardiff Metropolitan University and is involved in a number of research projects including LAUGH (Ludic Artefacts Using Gesture and Haptics), Sensor e-Textiles, Dementia Aprons, i-Magine, and Making a Difference.

Cathy is also a member of DIGIT at Cardiff Metropolitan University and the Design for Enhanced Human Futures (DEHF) research group within WIRAD (Wales Institute for Research in Art and Design). Cathy is also a member of the WIP2C  Wales science research group.

Research projects include: Designing for Dementia, Hand e-craft, Shorelines, Present, HAPTIC, Walk and Draw and Permission to Play.