Our research projects are led by experts in their field and explore up-to-date issues and trends affecting Wales.
Our research falls under four main headings:
- political economy
- politics and government
- Wales and Brexit
- the law of Wales.
The financing of devolved/regional government is a key issue in sub-state territorial governance both in the United Kingdom and the wider world. Through our activities we want to trace and contribute to these key debates.
Wales Fiscal Analysis
Wales Fiscal Analysis (WFA) is an ongoing research project seeking to foster and stimulate knowledge of the public finances of Wales. Through rigorous analysis, WFA responds to fiscal events and generates research on all aspects of Government expenditure in Wales.
Politics and government
Devolution has changed the face of government and politics in Wales, creating distinctive political institutions and a specifically Welsh party system. We want to assess the impact of constitutional, institutional and party political developments in Wales, viewing developments in a comparative context.
Wales and Brexit
Researching the process of withdrawing from the European Union is a key priority for us. A range of academic research and public engagement activity is taking place across the Wales Governance Centre.
The law of Wales
The advent of devolution has led to the further development of Wales as a distinctive legal space characterised not only by differences in public law but also by an increasingly distinctive network of legal institutions. We want to foster expertise in, and critically assess developments in, Welsh law.
Justice and Jurisdiction
This is an interdisciplinary project bringing together political scientists, constitutional law experts and criminologists in order to investigate:
- the operation of the justice system in Wales
- the relationship between non-devolved and devolved policies
- the impact of of a single ‘England and Wales’ legal system.
The project will contribute to the work of the Welsh Government’s Commission on Justice in Wales, which was established by the First Minister to review the operation of the country’s justice system.