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Centres and groups

Whilst our innovative outlook extends across the University, several research centres will be physically based in the Social Science Research Park.

These researchers are working to create a smarter, safer and more secure world for us all.


CASCADE: Children's Social Care Research and Development Centre

CASCADE aims to improve the well-being and safety of children and their families and is concerned with all aspects of community based responses to social need in children and families.

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CAST: Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations

Aims to be a global hub for understanding the profound changes required to address climate change, with a focus on people as agents of change.


Centre for Innovation Policy Research

We co-create knowledge through collaborative research on innovation which contributes to place-based policy development across Wales and the world.


DECIPHer: Centre for Development, Evaluation, Complexity and Implementation in Public Health Improvement

DECIPHer is an international centre for social and public health sciences.


ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership

Cardiff University is the lead partner in the Economic and Social Research (ESRC) Wales Doctoral Training Centre, which awards a number of research studentships to support doctoral research and training.


Wales Centre for Public Policy

We aim to improve policy by increasing evidence informed policy-making, particularly in Wales.

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Welsh Economy Research Unit

The Welsh Economy Research Unit aims to be the primary source of high quality, academically relevant research on the Welsh economy for the private, public and third sectors.


WISERD: Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods

WISERD draws together social science researchers from a number of disciplines including sociology, economics, geography and political science.

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Wolfson Centre for Young People's Mental Health

We are a dedicated interdisciplinary research centre focusing on reducing anxiety and depression in young people.


Y Lab

Y Lab is the public services innovation lab for Wales, led by Cardiff University.

Associate Centres

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RemakerSpace is a Cardiff Business School and PARC institute initiative dedicated to enabling the circular economy and ending planned obsolescence by extending the lifecycle of products.