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02 February 2009
Prof 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 Cardiff 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, who takes up the position as Director on 2 February, 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 is the former Director of the Institute of Welsh Politics at Aberystwyth University and a specialist in Welsh politics and critical security studies.
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 Prof 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."
1. Cardiff University
Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Professor Sir Martin Evans.
Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.
Visit the University website at: www.cardiff.ac.uk
2. The Wales Governance CentreThe Wales Governance Centre was inaugurated in February 1999 and is a University Centre involving academics from all the social science disciplines. It functions as a centre for scholarly research and practical advice on legal and political matters relating to the Welsh Assembly. It aims to study the nature of the 'new' UK state and the impact and extent of outside influence on the UK, its central government and the devolved administration in Cardiff.
Further information on the Wales Governance Centre is available at: www.cardiff.ac.uk/euros/research/researchcentres/welshgovernance/
3. Prof Richard Wyn Jones specialises in Welsh politics and in critical security studies. Prof Wyn Jones is the former Director of the Institute of Welsh Politics at Aberystwyth University. He has published widely on many aspects of Welsh politics and post-devolution British politics and published a two volume study of the ideas of Plaid Cymru.
He has also acted as Director or Co-director of five social attitudes surveys conducted in Wales since 1997. In addition, Richard Wyn Jones has also been one of the originators of Critical Security Studies.
Prof Wyn Jones’ teaching and research interests include: devolution, political thinking in Wales, electoral behaviour in Wales, nationalism and critical security studies.
Prof Richard Wyn Jones is available for interview by contacting Chris Jones on 029 20 874731 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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