The Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD) draws together social science researchers from a number of disciplines including sociology, economics, geography, political science and many more.
The Institute was established in 2008 and is based within five Universities in Wales: Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, South Wales and Swansea; working in partnership with other Universities UK wide.
WISERD’s research programme encompasses a broad range of activities, from basic science to applied research projects. WISERD’s research is primarily focused on the Welsh economy and society, but in an essentially comparative context, across the UK and internationally.
The Institute carries out research around the following themes:
WISERD Education has the potential to change the landscape of education research in Wales and will put Wales at the forefront of research capacity building developments in the UK and beyond.
WISERD is committed to a programme of knowledge exchange and transfer which aims to improve communication, engagement, and collaboration between researchers and research users from the academic, policy, public, private, charitable and third sectors.
Professor John Hills, Director of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics, will present the key findings of his book, which uses extensive research and survey evidence to challenge the view of a divide between “strivers and skivers”.