WISERD-Centre for Welsh Politics and Society

Directors: Professor Mike Woods and Dr Anwen Elias

Institutes: IGHPP, IAH, IBL


The Centre will undertake world-leading research on contemporary political, social and economic issues of relevance to Wales, drawing on multi-disciplinary perspectives to advance social science knowledge, lead international research agendas and inform public policy and debate in Wales.


Executive Summary:

The WISERD-Centre for Welsh Politics and Society will draw together expertise from geographers, modern historians, political scientists and psychologists, as well as from associate members in cognate institutes including the Institute of Arts and Humanities the Institute of Business & Law. The Centre will incorporate the Institute of Welsh Politics (IWP) and the Aberystwyth arm of the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD), including projects funded as part of the ESRC WISERD/Civil Society Research Centre; and will work closely with related centres elsewhere in the university. The activities of the Centre will be focused on three elements: research; postgraduate training and CPD; and public engagement and impact. By bringing together researchers from complementary disciplines, the centre will support the development and delivery of inter-disciplinary collaborative research, whilst affiliation to WISERD will facilitate collaboration with social scientists at other Welsh universities and involvement in large-scale cross-institutional initiatives, as well as provide access to WISERD’s training, knowledge exchange and public engagement activities.