SPARK is a collective endeavour involving a range of academic and professional services staff from across the University. The following are the core group that have been progressing its development.
Academic Lead for SPARK and University Dean of Research, Innovation and Enterprise
- +44 (0)29 208 76644
SPARK research centres and institutes
Co-located in Innovation Central:
CASCADE is dedicated to transforming the quality of children’s services in Wales, the UK and internationally through high quality research that is closely linked to policy and practice.
Crime and Security Research Institute
This institute conducts interdisciplinary research that generates new evidence and insights to help reduce crime and increase security.
Director of Crime and Security Research Institute
- +44 29208 75307
Deputy Head of School, Professor of Intelligent Systems, Co-director of Crime and Security Research Institute
- +44 (0)29 2087 4653
Associate Dean of Innovation, Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
- +44 (0)29 2074 4215
Established in 2009 as a UKCRC Centre of Excellence for public health research, DECIPHer works in partnership with Bristol and Swansea Universities as a leading national and international centre for social and public health sciences.
Professor in Social Interventions and Health, Director DECIPHer, Co-Director National Centre for Population Health and well Being Research, Lead for Public Health Improvement Research Network and the Schools Health Research Network
- +44 29208 79144
DII@SPARK brings together different disciplines to exploit opportunities for data-driven innovation in computational social science.
Professor of Mobile and Social Computing, Co-Director of Data Innovation Research Institute, College Dean of Research, Physical Sciences and Engineering
Chair in Criminology - School of Social Sciences, Director - ESRC Social Data Science Lab, Data Innovation Research Institute, Director - ESRC Centre for Cyberhate Research and Policy
- +44(0) 29 2087 4853
ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre (DTC)
The DTC is a consortium of leading universities established to train top-level social scientists across Wales, with particular emphasis on interdisciplinarity and collaboration with non-academic organisations.
Professor and Director, ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre
- +44 29208 70930
Public Policy Institute for Wales (PPIW)
PPIW improves policy making and delivery by providing Welsh Ministers with authoritative independent analysis and advice.
Research Officer, Public Policy Institute for Wales (PPIW)
Sustainable Places Research Institute
Bringing together academics and researchers from a wide range of disciplines, this institute works to find pragmatic, policy-led, locally-based solutions for a more sustainable future for individual cities, regions and nations.
Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning, Director of Sustainable Places Research Institute
- +44 (0)29 2087 5736
Welsh Economy Research Unit
This unit aims to be the primary source of high quality research on the Welsh economy for Welsh businesses, public and third sectors.
Director of Welsh Economy Research Unit
- +44 (0)29 2087 5089
Established in 2008 and funded by the ESRC, WISERD draws together social science researchers from across Welsh universities in a number of disciplines including sociology, economics, geography and political science, to seek effective solutions to social issues.
This public services innovation lab, established in partnership with Nesta, is working to devise and test new solutions to major public services challenges in Wales.