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November 2015
WISERD E-Newsletter
WISERD Annual Conference 2016
13th & 14th July 2016, Bay Campus, Swansea University

WISERD is pleased to announce that the 7th WISERD Annual 
Conference will take place on Wednesday 13th July and Thursday 14th July 2016 at Swansea University’s beautiful new Bay Campus. Our conference continues to grow each year and #WISERD2016 
promises to provide colleagues from across the academic, policy, public, private, and third sectors with the opportunity to network and discuss cutting edge social science research. 

This year we would like delegates to submit abstracts across all social science disciplines for presentation in any of the following formats:
  • Single Paper Presentations
  • Symposiums
  • Colloquiums
  • Workshops
  • Panel Discussions
  • Poster or Exhibition Pieces
  • Pecha Kucha  
Submissions must be made online at 

You may download a poster to display in your office here

The deadline for submission of 
abstracts is Friday 15th January 2016

Please visit the WISERD website for more information:

Several of the presentations given at the WISERD Annual Conference 2015 are now available to view on the WISERD website. 

To view these please visit our conference events page here

WISERD Lunchtime Seminars

The WISERD #LunchtimeSeminars take place weekly at Cardiff University from 12pm - 1pm. All are welcome. Feel free to bring your lunch. 

If you plan on attending please contact WISERD on
1st Dec, 46 Park Place           
Welsh Government higher education policy and entry to 'elite' universities - Gareth Rees

8th Dec, 10 Museum Place    
Trade union learning activity: Resource or Distraction? - Katy Huxley
15th Dec, 46 Park Place         
Evaluation of the Pupil Deprivation Grant in Wales - Chris Taylor
12th Jan, 10 Museum Place   
Exploring the complex experiences of single homelessness through network analysis - Ian Thomas
19th Jan, 46 Park Place          
Giving something back? Sentiments of privilege and social responsibility among elite graduates from Britain and France - Sally Power
26th Jan, 10 Museum Place   
Exploring the role of political parties in the substantive representation of equality and human rights: evidence from the UK - Paul Chaney

Latest Blogs 
A ‘Mature Debate’ on Communications Surveillance?

Refugees, Rest and Routines: WISERD Education at ECER and BERA

Visualising Communities: Refocusing Perceptions of the Welsh Valleys

Has The Disability Employment Gap Really Declined?

If you'd like to contribute to the WISERD blog, please contact us on
Making the Case for the Social Sciences in Wales
25th November 2015, Cardiff Bay

On Wednesday 25th November WISERD were proud to co-host the launch of the Academy of Social Sciences', and its Campaign for Social Science's, new publication: “Making the Case for the Social Sciences: Wales”.

The event commenced with a welcome address from Mark Drakeford AM, Minister for Health and Social Services, and a video introduction from Jane Hutt, Finance Minister at the National Assembly for Wales. This was followed by three short presentations from contributors to the publication, as well as a questions and discussion from the floor.

The document is the tenth in a series of publications that form part of the Academy of Social Sciences' campaign for social science and focuses on Welsh social science research. Among the topics covered in the publication are:  Public Opinion and Welsh Devolution; preventing teenagers taking up smoking; enhancing the capacity to act and democratic accountability of parish, town and community councils and human rights of children and young people in Wales.

It has been prepared in collaboration with the leading welsh social science research centres: Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) and the Research Institute for Applied Social Sciences (RIASS).

A blog about the event will be available shortly on the WISERD blog, and you can catch up on all the action by following the Twitter hashtag #MTCWales.

The booklet is available to download here (link is at the foot of the page). 
The Julian Tudor Hart Annual Lecture Series
9th December, 2015, Glamorgan Building, Cardiff University

We are delighted to invite you to the 9th Annual Julian Tudor Hart Lecture Series. 

This year's lecture is titled 'DIY Welfare or Silver Bullet: The Place of Community in UK Health Policy in the 21st Century', and will be presented by Professor Jennie Popay of Lancaster University.

The session will be introduced by Professor Ian Rees Jones, Director of the Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD).

This event is sponsored by Public Health Wales and Cardiff University, in partnership with the Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD) and The Cardiff Institute of Society, Health and Wellbeing (CISHeW).

If you can't attend in person, but still wish to take part in the event, you can follow the action on Twitter by using the hashtag #TudorHart9.

You can register for this event here.

There will be a drinks reception before the lecture from 5.30pm, with the lecture starting promptly at 6pm and finishing at 8pm. If you have any questions please contact: 

WISERD Civil Society Seminars 

These seminars reflect the rich diversity of projects comprising WISERD Civil Society programme. They draw on a range of qualitative and quantitative data analysis techniques and engage with a varied aspects of social theory they encompass. The seminars are aimed at all with an interest in the key issues and policy challenges facing civil society in the twenty-first century.
Changing Landscapes for the Third Sector
2nd December, 2015, 1pm - 2pm, Bangor University

Public and Policy Debate on the Role of the Media in Welsh Civil Society
26th January, 2016, 5pm - 6.30pm, University of South Wales

Civil Society and Continuity and Discontinuity of Religiosity in Three-Generation Families: Are Grandparents Important Agents of Transmission?
18th February 2016, 5.30pm - 6.30pm, Cardiff University

Improving our understanding of Social Enterprises in the UK – Evidence from the Small Business Survey
26th February, 2016, Swansea University

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