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Research boost for devolution

01 March 2012

Research boost for devolution Web

One of Wales’ leading political scientists has joined the University’s Wales Governance Centre to further boost Welsh devolution research.

Professor Roger Scully joins the University’s Wales Governance Centre (WGC) to renew and enhance research collaborations with current Director and fellow leading Welsh political scientist, Professor Richard Wyn Jones.

Professor Scully is co-author of Wales Says Yes: Devolution and the 2011 Welsh Referendum, published today (Thursday 1st March, 2012).

He was also Co-Director of the 2011 Welsh Referendum Study and the 2011 Welsh Election Study. He is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.

The WGC is the University’s key research centre undertaking research into all aspects of the law, politics, government and political economy of Wales, as well the wider UK and European contexts of territorial governance.

The Centre is sponsored and supported by Cardiff Law School and the School of European Languages, Translation & Politics, while collaborating with academics from across the University.

The WGC enjoys formal ties with the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) and Institute of Welsh Affairs (IWA) while maintaining close cooperative relationships with colleagues in other institutions across Wales, UK, Europe and beyond.

Welcoming his appointment, Director of the Wales Governance Centre Professor Richard Wyn Jones said: "I’m simply delighted that Roger is joining the staff of Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre.

"He is without doubt one of the outstanding political scientists of his generation; an internationally-recognised expert on the European parliament as well as an authority on post-devolution UK politics.

"He’s also a great teacher whose lectures and seminars have inspired countless students. His arrival in Cardiff serves to underline our commitment, as Wales’s leading University, to the study of our country’s political institutions."

Born and raised in Luton, and educated at Lancaster and Ohio State Universities, he lectured at Brunel University before joining Aberystwyth University in 2000.

His research examines institutions and practices of political representation. He is author of Becoming Europeans? Attitudes, Behaviour and Socialisation in the European Parliament and co-author of Representing Europe’s Citizens? Electoral Institutions and the Failure of Parliamentary Representation.

His work has also been published in many leading international journals, and he has received several major research grants from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Related Links:

Wales Governance Centre

School of European Languages, Translation & Politics

Cardiff Law School

Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD)

Institute of Welsh Affairs (IWA)



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