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Prof. Paul Chaney

ProfPaulChaney.jpgRole: WISERD Co-Director

Institution: Cardiff University


Telephone: 02920 874459


Paul Chaney is Professor of Policy and Politics at Cardiff University School of Social Sciences. He has been a member of a number of public advisory bodies - including the UK government Steering Group on the Equality and Human Rights Commission. He was a panel member/ special adviser to the RAE (2008) and REF (2010-11). He was co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal Contemporary Wales: An Annual Review of Social, Political and Economic Research. He is the author of over fifty papers in leading international peer-review academic journals, eleven edited collections and two monographs.

His Research Interests Include:

  • Public policy
  • Territorial politics
  • Governance
  • The third sector/ civil society
  • Electoral politics
  • Political representation
  • Equality and human rights


Current Research

ESRC Large Centre Grant £7M ES/L009099/

Project Title: Territoriality and third sector engagement in policymaking and welfare provision.

Aims and objectives of the research in context: Notwithstanding the global trend of devolution and transfer of a broad range of welfare functions to regional governments and legislatures - and the rise of ‘welfare pluralism’ (Kendall 2000) - whereby the third sector is allocated a key role in service delivery, welfare state theory (Cf. Esping Andersen, 1990) has struggled to come to terms with these processes. To address the resultant knowledge gap this study will: (1). explore the how the territorial administration of the third sector in Wales has changed over the post-war period in response to shifting patterns and processes of governance; and (2). Examine how this has affected the way third sector organisations’ shape and deliver public policy and welfare.

Research Questions: What are the key historical and spatial patterns and processes associated with third sector (re-)configuration in relation to the changing nature of governance? What are third sector organisations’ views and understanding of the inherent issues, progress and challenges of engaging government in social policy-making and service delivery? To what extent do meso-structures, institutional procedures and enactments facilitate and/ or frustrate effective third sector engagement in welfare policy-making and delivery? How and to what extent is state decentralisation territorialising policy-making and citizen rights?

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Latest News
Young People and Brexit

22nd March 2017

WISERD has recently been awarded ESRC funding to carry out a new interdisciplinary study into how young people in the UK feel about, and are responding to, the most significant policy issue of this Parliament: the UK’s exit from the European Union.


Poverty and Food Banks in Wales

16th March 2017

Poverty and the rise of food banks in Wales were the focus of research shared at WISERD’s latest civil society seminar, held at Cardiff last night. PhD student, David Beck and Dr Hefin Gwilym from Bangor University’s School of Social Sciences presented findings from their research exploring the experience of food poverty in Wales.


Featured Events
26 April, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Aberystwyth University (room to be confirmed)

As part of the WISERD Centre for Welsh Politics and Society Seminar Series, Dr Taulant Guma from the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University presents emerging findings from the WISERD/Civil Society project on ‘Migrants, Minorities and Engagement in Local Civil Society’.