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WISERD Annual Conference 2017

7th July 2017

0210PONTIO-104-14217.jpgOn 5th-6th of July, WISERD colleagues were joined by academics across a diverse range of disciplines and other colleagues with an interest in the social sciences at Wales’s largest social science conference, which took place at Bangor University.

This year’s conference theme was “The Decade of Disruption” and delegates took part in parallel sessions covering topics ranging from localities and participation, and education and the civil sphere, to political disruption, and migration, religion and welfare. We were delighted that this year’s programme also included a British Educational Research Association (BERA) Symposium.

We were also pleased to welcome Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, to deliver the keynote address, “The Well-being of Future Generations Act – Disruption enabler?” We were also joined by Hilary Wainwright, founding editor and now co-editor of Red Pepper magazine. Hilary Wainwright delivered our public talk, “A decade of disruption: the incubation, emergence and future of a new politics from the left” at Bangor University’s new Pontio Arts Centre (pictured above).

01 JAMES' David & OWEN' Sion_for web.jpgThe ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre held their “3MEI” engagement and impact session and prize, modelled on the well-known 'Three-minute thesis' format. PhD students were invited to present an account of challenges and achievements in their research with respect to engagement and impact, in just three minutes. Congratulations to Sion Owen, winner of this year's competition (pictured left with Professor David James from Cardiff University who presented the prize on behalf of the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre).

DSC_0394.JPGPhD students also presented their posters, as part of an exhibition in the Main Hall, which was open for all delegates to view throughout the event. The Learned Society for Wales sponsored a cash prize of £200 for the best poster which was awarded to Samuel Brown (pictured right) from Swansea University. Samuel is in the 3rd year of his PhD which looks at the impact of major life events on an adult’s life satisfaction. He studies the effects that different employment contracts have on well-being in the UK and evaluates whether civil society and different levels of social cohesion impact upon these effects.

Judging the prize were Learned Society Fellows Professor David Blackaby, Professor of Economics at Swansea University; Professor Michael Woods, Professor of Human Geography at Aberystwyth University; and Hugh Owen Medal winner and WISERD Co-Director Professor Chris Taylor of Cardiff University (pictured above with competition winner Samuel Brown).

This highly anticipated annual event showcased the wide variety of multidisciplinary research being carried out across Wales and beyond, supported our early career researchers, and provided an opportunity to discuss new ideas and plans for the future.

Live updates were available on Twitter (@WISERDNews) throughout the event and you can see all of these by searching for #WISERD2017.

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Image credit: Pontio Arts Centre, Bangor University provided by Prifysgol Bangor/Bangor University.


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