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September 2015
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WISERD Annual Conference 2016
13th & 14th July 2016, Bay Campus, Swansea University

Planning is in full swing for the 7th Annual WISERD Conference, which is scheduled to take place on the 13th and 14th July 2016, at Swansea University. 

Here are some key dates for your diary:
Call for Papers Open: 1st November 2015
Abstract Submission Deadline: 4th December 2015
Author Notification: 29th January 2016
General Bookings Open: 1st March 2016
Conference: 13th & 14th July 2016 

Please note that these dates might change. For further information, please contact: or call 029 2087 0983
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

How Do End of Life Decisions Happen?: A day exploring the end of life for people with brain injury, dementia, or frailty
13th October 2015, 10.00am – 5.00pm, Hamilton House, Bristol, BS1 3QY 

As part of a GW4 Initiative, Cardiff University School of Social Sciences are running a one day event on End of Life Decisions.
This event is free. All are welcome, and can drop in any time 

This is a day exploring the end of life for people with brain injury, dementia, or frailty 
Dying may or may not be something we want to think about, but how much can we plan for what happens to us at the end? How effective are these plans when it really matters? 

Have you thought about:
  • Talking to your family or your GP about your wishes? 
  • Writing your wishes down? 
  • Making an advance decision? 
  • Arranging a Lasting Power of Attorney?  
Will families and doctors carry out your wishes? Do those with the power of attorney do what we ask?   It can be difficult to imagine what it’s like to be terminally ill or to have dementia or a stroke, making it hard to decide how we would like to be cared for.  Our wishes may change - from day to day, when circumstances change or depending on the person we are talking to. 
Recent improvements in end-of-life care have come from better cancer care. But two thirds of us will die of something else –in frail old age, often with some dementia, or perhaps after a stroke or accident that impairs our ability to communicate. Frail older people may struggle to be taken seriously even if they can communicate, while some people with dementia may say one thing today and other tomorrow.
What can we do to increase the chances that our dying is as good as it could be? You may be concerned about your own future care. Perhaps you are caring, or have cared, for someone at the end of their life. You may be a health or social care worker, or a lawyer. Maybe you’re just interested or curious.   
Researchers from the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter are exploring how decisions happen at the end of life.  We would like you to share your experiences with us so that our research asks the right questions. Researchers will be available to talk to all day. 
Please join us for: 
  • An exhibition featuring work from artists, patients, families and carers 
  • Local and national charity information stands  
  • The Listening Tree – an opportunity for you to share personal experiences or thoughts 
  • Puppet theatre performances, ‘Where are you now’ about vegetative and minimally conscious states from the carer perspective 
  • Creative workshops and discussion groups to get you exploring the issues 
  • Introductory talks about advance directives (10.30am and 2pm) 
  • 1:1 surgeries on how to write an advance directive (sign up in advance or just come along on the day) 
If you haven’t thought about these issues before, we hope you’ll come away informed. If you work in health or social care, we hope you’ll share your experiences and gain insight. We will learn from your experiences and provide a safe space for reflection, but only as far as you feel comfortable.  
The exhibition will be open from 1pm on Monday 12th October until 1pm on Thursday 15th October. Please feel free to drop in at any time.  
More information about this event, the GW4 network and our current and future research plans can be found at
You can contact us directly at   
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
6th Oct, 46 Park Place           
Children's subjective well-being: What can be learned from international comparisons? - Gwyther Rees
13th Oct, 10 Museum Place  
Ethics in practice: An ethnographic study of dementia diagnosis - Alex Hillman
20th Oct, 46 Park Place         
Apathy, alienation and British millennials: Testing the conventional wisdom - Stuart Fox
27th Oct, 10 Museum Place  
Researching surveillance and digital society - Wil Chivers
3rd Nov, 46 Park Place          
‘Elite HE’ graduates and civil society: An exploration of civil society participation amongst graduates at age 50 - Ceryn Evans

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.

Civil Society, Generativity and the Third Age
7th October 2015, 2pm - 4pm, G306B, Jean McFarlane Building, University of Manchester 

Campaigning Unions, Devolved Government: Reflections on State, Unions and Civil Society 
12th November 2015, 5.30pm - 6.30pm, Main Building, Council Chamber, Cardiff

Religious Continuity and Discontinuity in Three-Generation Families: Are Grandparents Important Agents of Transmission?
18th February 2016, 5.30pm - 6.30pm, Main Building, Council Chamber, Cardiff

More information


Call for Abstracts: Workshop on European Civil Society beyond Brussels
7th - 8th  April 2016

This workshop seeks to bring together scholars interested in exploring the involvement of national and sub-national civil society actors in EU policies as well as the way their activities and the context in which they operate are affected by the EU.

The workshop invites participants, both established and early-career researchers (researchers completing their PhD or post-doctoral researchers) currently conducting research in the fields specified by the call. The workshop aims at facilitating an interdisciplinary debate in this field. Papers that draw on different kinds of empirical data and theoretical and analytical perspectives, research anchored in the sociology of the EU, or in interpretivist research traditions focused on the study of discourses, narratives and practices, are all welcome.

Contributions in the form of fully developed papers are welcome. Proposals should include the title, an abstract (up to 450 words) and a short CV.
For more information, or to submit an application please contact Andrey Demidov at  and Rosa Sanchez-Salgado at  by 20 December 2015 / see the Amsterdam Centre for Contemporary European Studies website

Help Shape the Content of the MCS Age 17 Survey

The Centre for Longitudinal Studies is seeking input into what should be covered in the age 17 survey of the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS), scheduled for 2018. Age 17 marks a major transition in the cohort members’ lives and has the potential to be a particularly important and illuminating stage of the study. Your expertise will help us produce a high quality survey that meets the needs of researchers across a range of disciplines and that has the potential to influence policy. 

The CLS are asking academics, policy makers and other stakeholders to put forward their specific suggestions for content and questions by Friday 11th September 2015. They would also like to invite you to join them at the MCS7 Consultative Conference on Monday 16th November 2015. Registration will open on Monday 14th September 2015. 

The CLS have organised the survey content into three key themes, with a scientific advisory group responsible for reviewing and prioritising your proposals, and presenting a summary for debate at the consultative conference. 

The MCS7 scientific advisory group are:
  • Chris Taylor (Cardiff University)
  • Louise Arsenault (King's College, London) 
  • Paul Gregg (University of Bath)
  • Helen Sweeting (University of Glasgow)
  • Russell Viner (UCL Institute of Child Health)
The Age 17 scientific consultation contains three broad themes: 
  1. Activities and daily life: The behaviour of young adults and the activities they are engaged in (such as education, training, work, relationships, risky behaviours and social media, exercise/diet and cultural participation) will be important to measure well. For the first time diverging activities (not just school) will be crucial to capture
  2. Socio-emotional development: Having well-validated, state-of-the-art measures of non-cognitive/socio-emotional  characteristics (such as personality, motivation, decision-making and mental health and wellbeing)
  3. Cognitive development: Having objectively measured, well-validated measures of cognition covering domains (such as crystallised skills, fluid intelligence, numeracy and executive function) is vital
Further information about how to take part is available here

Register for the conference:
Date: Monday 16th November 2015
Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Location: Institute of Education, University of London
Book your place via the CLS website from Monday 14th September.
The conference is free of charge. 
Geo:Big 5 - Big Data & You
 8th October 2015, 9am - 4:30pm, Swalec Stadium, Cardiff

This event will look at the applications of Big Data and the ethics of Big Data and privacy.  A major theme raised at last year’s Big Data event, was the identification of geospatial information as a ‘key’ to the deanonymization of personal data.

With the benefits offered by Big Data come potential issues around securing personal rights and the role of geolocation in this arena.

Confirmed speakers
  • Professor Ronan Lyons, Professor of Public Health, Swansea University
  • Gary Gale, Director of Malstow Geospatial Ltd
  • Bill Oates, Chief Data Scientist, Office for National Statistics
  • Pete Burnap, Director, Social Data Science Lab, Cardiff University
  • Charles Kennelly, Chief Technology Officer, ESRI UK
  • Dr Crispin Cooper, Cardiff University
  • Anna Abelson, Managing Director, Travel & Tourism Practice
  • Ian Lisk,  Head of Natural Hazards at the Met Office
View the programme here.
Register here
For more information click here
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