Rhiannon J Davies joined CommonSpace in 2018, having previously worked in the Turkish media and as a freelancer for various alternative media outlets. She moved to Scotland in 2016 to study for an MSc in media and international journalism with the Glasgow Media Group. At CommonSpace, Rhiannon focuses on creating video content and finding new ways to tell the stories that matter. Got a video idea? Let her know on email@example.com or find her on Twitter: @RhiannonDavies
Rhiannon J Davies
The CommonSpace Show - Youth Climate Strikes Special
In this special edition of our fortnightly CommonSpace Show, journalists Rhiannon J Davies and David Jamieson are joined by 15-year-old Erin Curtis, one of the organisers of last week's massive climate strikes that saw an around 10-15,000 people take to the streets of Glasgow.
‘We still haven’t been allowed to be us’: Breaking the Silence on Menopause
With menopause hitting the headlines due to HRT shortages, and MPs adding their voices to support for menopause policies in the workplace, @RhiannonDavies spoke to women around Scotland tackling the taboo.
Like so many people that go through the menopause, Karen Kenning didn’t realise what was happening in the beginning.
WATCH: Shelter Scotland threatens Glasgow City Council with legal action
Shelter Scotland calls on Glasgow City Council to meet its legal obligation to the city’s rough sleepers
Today [19 August 2019] Shelter Scotland handed in a letter to Glasgow City Council calling on it to end the unlawful practice of denying homeless people temporary accommodation. It cites 3365 instances where homeless people were turned away without being offered a bed for the night. The letter was delivered by a delegation of people who have experienced homelessness.
‘Black Wednesday’: Why everyone's talking about mental health at the fringe
Mental Health is a hot topic at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe – both on and off stage. Rhiannon J Davies spoke to performers and professionals about its impact
It’s that time of year again; when Edinburgh streets throng with excited visitors, while locals flee the city centre, waiting it out until September when it’s safe to return.
Are artists used as pawns in the gentrification of Govanhill?
Are artists behind the gentrification process underway in Govanhill? The artists-in-residence for the Glasgow’s Southside Central ward think this is a conversation we need to be having.
“Artists are often used as pawns in a game of chess, in which the board itself is controlled by local and central government. The planning rules are their rules, their decisions. I’m interested in how artists are played by these government officials and other players on the board – the knights and kings – which are the property developers.”
WATCH: Yvonne More on Migrants Organising for Rights and Empowerment
Refugee Festival Scotland started on Thursday 20 June
YVONNE MORE from Migrants Organising for Rights and Empowerment explains their event at this year's Refugee Festival Scotland.
CommonSpace is running a special week of coverage from 24-28 June to coincide with the festival. You can find out more here.
Rising to the challenge of austerity: A journey through Scotland’s communities
CommonSpace journalist Rhiannon Davies spent 17 days visiting community projects across Scotland, and found a spirit of resilience and ingenuity in trying circumstances
“WE realised no one else is going to do this for us so we’re doing it ourselves.”
WATCH: Uber drivers on strike over company's 'orgy of greed'
Uber drivers in the United Private Hire Drivers (UPHD) branch of the Independent Workers Union of Great Britainn (IWGB) have been on strike in Glasgow, London, Birmingham, and Nottingham ahead of the company’s stock market launch
A life in limbo: one family's experience of moving to Glasgow after fleeing gang violence in El Salvador
Fleeing gang violence, more and more families from Central America are applying for asylum in the UK. Rhiannon J Davies met with one family from El Salvador to hear more about the life they left behind and their new life in limbo in Glasgow.
Mario Melgar and his family are one of a growing number of families making new homes in Glasgow after fleeing gang violence in El Salvador. CommonSpace met them in the garden of the Nan McKay Community Hall, a place that has become like a second home, since their arrival in Scotland two years ago.
Turkey, Spain and Britain: The radicalisation of hegemonic nationalisms
In the final contribution to our week of special coverage on international self-determination movements, Rhiannon Davies explores the nationalisms of hegemonic states, and how they can be radicalised in opposition to autonomy and independence movements
ONE of the more alarming outcomes of yesterday’s Spanish election was the arrival of Vox into the Spanish Parliament, and international consciousness. Their 24 seats is the first time a far-right party has won more than a single seat in congress since the death of dictator General Francisco Franco in 1975.