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Informing Policy webinar series

Our Informing Policy webinar series is a space where academics can offer their research expertise and insights to inform policy development on contemporary challenges facing society.

Designed with policy-makers in mind, each webinar focusses on a specific current policy debate, and sees a Cardiff University researcher give a short presentation on what the research tells us, followed by a short response from an external practitioner. This is then followed by a Q&A for attendees under Chatham House rules.

Forthcoming webinars

Poverty and social exclusion: A way forwardsThursday 19 January, 9:00Click here to register for your place
Implementation and evaluation of the whole school approach to emotional and mental wellbeingThursday 9 February 2023, 9:00Click here to register for your place
Young Carers: Investigating the wider spectrum to better support and identify those with problematic responsibilitiesThursday 16 March 2023, 9:00Click here to register for your place

Recent webinars

Videos from our recent webinars (without the Q&A sessions) are available to view below.

Free School Meals in Wales

Informing Policy Webinar: Free School Meals in Wales

When Ends Don’t Meet: evaluating policy response to the cost of living crisis

Informing Policy: Evaluating policy response to the cost-of-living crisis - YouTube

In this session, Cian Siôn from the Wales Governance Centre discusses the topic 'When ends don’t meet: evaluating policy response to the cost of living crisis'. The session sets out the factors driving the latest cost of living squeeze, providing insight into the distributional impact of policies announced by the Welsh and UK governments, and examines the likely effectiveness of these measures in mitigating the impact on household budgets in Wales.

Expert insight and testimony is provided by by Steffan Evans of the Bevan Foundation.

Compound Semiconductors

Informing Policy with Cardiff University: Compound Semiconductors - YouTube

As UK industry seeks Net Zero solutions, this compound semiconductor webinar brings together Professor Max Munday from Cardiff Business School, industry expert Chris Meadows and regional policymaker Peter Davies from Monmouthshire Council to discuss how CS technologies can shape society.

The panel explain how the world’s first compound semiconductor cluster – CSconnected – is helping position Cardiff as the UK and European leader in translational research on compound semiconductor technologies.

The session, chaired by former First Minister Carwyn Jones, sets out how researchers and industry are working together to meet consumer demand by progressing academic research to a point where it can be introduced reliably and quickly into the production environment.

Implementing the Cardiff Model for Violence Prevention in Wales

Informing Policy Webinar Series – Cardiff Model of Violence Prevention - YouTube

Professor Jonathan Shepherd CBE discusses The Cardiff Model for Violence Prevention. This is a collaborative public health strategy to prevent violence. It relies on the strategic use of information from health and law enforcement organisations to improve policing and community violence prevention programmes. The model has been implemented widely across England and in cities in the United States, Australia, South Africa, South America and Jamaica.

Professor Shepherd is joined by Jonathan Drake, Director of the Wales Violence Prevention Unit (VPU). The Violence Prevention Unit is a small multi-agency team whose aim is to prevent violence across Wales through taking a public health approach. The VPU undertakes a range of work from directly commissioning services to divert young people away from violence, through to research on what works to prevent different forms of violence.

The Welsh Criminal Justice System: On the Jagged Edge

Informing Policy Webinar Series - The Welsh Criminal Justice System

Professor Richard Wyn Jones and Dr Robert Jones, from the School of Law and Politics, discuss their new book ‘The Welsh Criminal Justice System: On the Jagged Edge’.

In this session, our academics discuss the Welsh criminal justice system and its unique position. Wales has its own devolved Government and Parliament and yet, there is no Welsh equivalent of the Scottish or Northern Irish justice systems.

The extensive responsibilities of Wales's devolved institutions ensure that they necessarily play a significant role in criminal justice. As a result, the Welsh criminal justice system operates across a 'jagged edge' of devolved and reserved powers and responsibilities. This book provides the first academic account of this system. It demonstrates not only that Wales has some of the worst criminal justice outcomes in western Europe, but that even if the will existed to try to address these problems, the current constitutional underpinnings of the Welsh criminal justice system would make it nigh-on impossible. Based on official data and in-depth interviews, this is an urgent and challenging book, required reading for anyone interested in Welsh politics and society.