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New Director to drive Cardiff’s devolution research

02 February 2009

Dr Richard Wyn Jones © Marian Delyth

One of Wales’ leading experts in Welsh politics has been appointed to drive forward Cardiff University’s research into governance and devolution.

Professor Richard Wyn Jones becomes the Director of the University’s Wales Governance Centre – a key centre for knowledge and research on governance, devolution and constitutional affairs.

The Wales Governance Centre brings together academics from across the University including the School of European Studies and Cardiff Law School. In addition, the Centre has developed links with academics from outside Cardiff University working in a wide range of social science disciplines.

Prof Wyn Jones said: "Devolved government is now a fact of life in Wales. It’s not going away. By helping to inform policy development, by encouraging public debate and even, on occasion, by speaking some uncomfortable truths to politicians and the public at large, the Wales Governance Centre has an important role to play in ensuring that devolved government is good government.

"More widely, there is growing international interest in the area of devolved governance – a field in which Wales and Cardiff can become a centre for both research and practice."

Prof Wyn Jones was the former Director of the Institute of Welsh Politics and a professor in Welsh politics and critical security studies at Aberystwyth University.

Since 1997, he has led election surveys helping to detail the attitudes of electors in Wales in the immediate aftermath of Westminster and National Assembly elections. His specific teaching and research interests include: devolution, political thinking in Wales, electoral behaviour in Wales, nationalism and critical security studies.

Derek Jones, Cardiff University’s Director of Business and Strategic Partnerships, formerly the Senior Director of the Welsh Assembly Government, will work with Dr Wyn Jones to strengthen the University’s focus on governance and devolution. He said: "Richard’s appointment is a key development for Cardiff University and for our ambition to place the University at the heart of international research in this field.

"He brings a vast knowledge and research expertise to his new role and will be a dynamic leader for the Wales Governance Centre."

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