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WISERD conference 2011

22 June 2011


A major social science conference exploring the landscape of a ‘Changing Wales’ within social, economic and political contexts is taking place in Swansea next week.

The Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods’ (WISERD) second annual summer conference, will reflect on the institute’s interdisciplinary working methods and feature an array of speakers from academia, central and local government, and third sector agencies.

A key topic under discussion at the conference will be an analysis of the economic contribution of major events in Wales, where Rob Holt (Chief Executive of Ryder Cup Wales 2010) will reflect on the value of the Ryder Cup. The session will also look at the wider public policy implications of major events and to developing methodologies to measure the impact of similar events in the future.

Another session will address the concept of ‘behaviour change’ within a Welsh context. Clive Bates, Director General of Sustainable Futures at the Welsh Assembly Government, will be joined by Cardiff University’s Professor Ken Peattie to review the work being undertaken around behaviour change in Wales and its potential to offer improved policy outcomes.

Other themes to be covered over the two-day conference include; Inequality in Wales, Ageing and Place, Poverty and Homelessness, Education and Health in Wales, Migration, Tourism, Citizenship, Criminology and Devolution, Participation and Civil Society, and Skills and Employment.

Professor Gareth ReesProfessor Gareth Rees

Professor Charlotte Williams, Professor of Social Justice at Keele University will open the conference with a keynote address on the theme of race and equality in social research in Wales. The conference will close with a special lecture from WISERD Director, Professor Gareth Rees, on higher education, social mobility and locality in Wales.

Professor Rees commented: "The WISERD Conference is becoming established as the major ‘shop window’ for social science research in Wales, providing an opportunity for researchers to engage across Wales and with policy-makers and the public more widely."

WISERD is a collaborative venture between the Universities of Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, Glamorgan and Swansea. Funded by the Higher Education Funding Council of Wales (HEFCW) and the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), WISERD has established itself as a leading centre for social science research excellence since its creation in 2009.

The Conference will feature a pre-conference screening of the film "Sleep Furiously" (2008) on Monday 27th June, 7pm, at the Taliesin Centre, Swansea University Campus. The highly acclaimed film will be introduced by the director, Dr Gideon Koppel, who will also be available for a Q&A session after the film. To read more about the film screening, click here.

Changing Wales: Social, Economic and Political Perspectives’ takes place on Tuesday June 28th and Wednesday June 29th in Sketty Hall, Swansea. A full programme can be viewed here.

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