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Wales’ Largest Social Science Conference Comes to Cardiff

Now in its sixth year, the Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD) Annual Conference brings together practitioners, policy makers and social scientists to discuss and debate a range of topical themes such as health; social care; wellbeing; education; culture & values; environment; labour markets; devolution; and civil society.

Established as an important event in the social science calendar, academic and non-academic researchers from a diverse range of disciplines will share their research at the conference.  The event is a must for anyone concerned with social, economic and political issues in contemporary Wales, with over 120 papers, posters and panel sessions included in the programme this year.

Topics under discussion this year include: the UK gender pay-gap; the future of the Welsh language in Wales; palliative care for people with dementia; labour market experiences of young people; and e-cigarette use among young people.

Headlining the three-day conference this year are three keynote speakers: Ann Keane, Former HM Chief Inspector at Estyn; Karl Wilding, Director of Public Policy at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO); and Guardian columnist, writer and economist Will Hutton.

WISERD Director, Professor Ian Rees Jones, expressed his delight at the line up for this year’s conference: “Over the years we have steadily grown in size and this, our sixth conference, marks our first three-day event. It is a delight therefore to see over 120 papers, posters and panel sessions on the programme and I am looking forward to hearing from our keynote speakers and taking part in an exciting range of discussions.

WISERD conferences provide an opportunity for colleagues from the academic, policy, public and third sectors to come together to discuss cutting edge research. They also provide an opportunity for us to learn about the broad range of exciting PhD research being undertaken across Wales.”

Cardiff University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Colin Riordan, who will conduct the welcome address, praised the WISERD Annual Conference: “The WISERD conference provides an excellent opportunity to engage with the latest and most topical research being carried out in the field of social science. This conference is an excellent method of promoting networking and stimulating debate across a multitude of sectors, and Cardiff University is proud to be associated with WISERD - who continues to inspire and drive forward research collaboration and engagement.”

The WISERD Annual Conference 2015 will take place from Tuesday 30th June until Thursday 2nd July at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff



For further information, please contact:

WISERD Communications Team
Telephone: 029 2087 0026


Notes to editors:


The Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD) was established in 2008 to draw together and build upon the existing expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods and methodologies at the universities of Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, South Wales and Swansea.

WISERD undertakes research and capacity building activities that facilitate the development of research infrastructure across the economic and social sciences in Wales and beyond.  The WISERD hub is based at Cardiff University.



About the WISERD Annual Conference

The sixth annual WISERD Conference takes place Tuesday 30th June to Thursday 2nd July at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Visit the website for more information: #WISERD2015



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