WISERD Research Podcast Series
Podcast #11 - Professor Mick Moran speaking at the WISERD CRESC Radical Social Innovation Colloquium
Podcast #10 - Professor Frank Moulaert speaking at the WISERD CRESC Radical Social Innovation Colloquium
Podcast #9 - Professor Gareth Rees discusses his research project on higher education and civil society
The research project, entitled 'Higher Education and Civil Society', is part of the WISERD Civil Society Research centre. More information about the project can be found here.
The research project, entitled 'Researching civic participation in Wales, in place and over time', is part of the WISERD Civil Society Research centre. More information on the project can be found here.
Podcast #7 - John Hills discusses his new book "Good Times, Bad Times. The Welfare Myth of Them and Us"
A new book by Professor John Hills explores key issues in the current debate about ‘welfare’ and the welfare state. The debate contrasts a stagnant group of people benefiting from it all with the rest who pay in and get nothing back – ‘skivers’ against ‘strivers’. John explains how, because people’s lives and circumstances change, most of us get back something at least close to what we pay in over our lives towards the welfare state.
Podcast #6 - Saskia Sassen gives keynote speech at the official opening of WISERD's flagship Civil Society Centre
It was a great honour to have Professor Sassen give the key note speech and she didn’t let us down, giving a highly entertaining and stimulating talk based on her recent book; Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy. Using vivid examples, from a range of data sources, Saskia presented an incisive and cutting critique of the devastating consequences of an out-of-control global financial system can wreak upon local communities and vulnerable groups.
Podcast #5 - Labour Market Implications of Changes in the Public Sector: Inequality and Work Quality
Podcast #4 - Rural Change and Development in Globalization
Professor Mike Woods presents his new research project: The Global Countryside: Rural Change and Development in Globalization.
This five year project aims to develop understanding of how globalization processes have an impact in reshaping rural economics, societies and culture, and how rural communities respond to these changes and challenges.
Podcast #3 - Pupil Deprivation Grant
Professor Chris Taylor discusses developments in his evaluation of the Pupil Deprivation Grant (PDG). This two-year evaluation will look at how schools have used this new grant and what impact this additional resource has had on these children and young people.
The PDG was introduced in 2012-13 and provides schools with additional resource to raise levels of achievement of a particular group of economically disadvantaged learners. Click here to learn more about the project.
Podcast #2 - WISERDEducation
As the anniversary of WISERDEducation approaches, Professor Sally Power looks back on the work of the past twelve months and gives an insight into the key developments taking place in the future.
WISERDEducation is a one million pound investment to advance education research in Wales. Click here to learn more about the project.
Podcast #1 - Pori Drwy Stori Evaluation
Dr Kate Moles and Dr Alex Morgan talk about their three year evaluation of Pori Drwy Stori, a bilingual reading intervention designed to raise educational outcomes for young children by increasing the quality and quantity of adult-child interactions around reading in the home learning environment (HLE). Click here to learn more about the project.
The 6th Annual WISERD Conference took place at Cardiff’s iconic Millennium Stadium from 30th June - 2nd July. It brought 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. This year over 120 papers, posters and panel sessions were included in the programme, encompassing a wide range of topics including: 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 were three excellent 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.
Keynote Speaker: Dr Karl Wilding
Dr Karl Wilding challenges the academic community to think more about working with third sector organisations to produce research, and argues that a critical and independent stance is more important than ever in the face of political rhetoric that attempts to divide the third sector into ‘good and ‘bad’ charities.
Keynote Speaker: Will Hutton
Writer and political economist Will Hutton gave a keynote speech was based on his new book ‘How Good We Can Be’. He combined a forensic critique of government policies with new policy ideas and proposals that offer an alternative to the austerity agenda.
Wales' largest social science conference took place on 3rd and 4th July 2014 at Aberystwyth University with Keynote Speakers: Professor Bob Jessop and Professor Karel Williams.
This annual conference showcases policy relevant research in Wales and attracts colleagues from academic, policy, public, private and third sectors.
The 2014 conference was the fifth annual WISERD conference, and follows on from four successful conferences, held in Cardiff, Swansea, Bangor Universities, and, most recently, in the University of South Wales. Bringing practitioners, policy makers and social scientists together, WISERD conferences have become established as one of the most important events in the social science calendar.
Keynote Speaker: Professor Bob Jessop
Professor Bob Jessop explores the nature of crisies, the proliferation of crisis construals when they break out, the reasons why some construals are more likely to be taken as the basis for crisis-management and why some are more successful than others.
Keynote Speaker: Professor Karel Williams
Professor Karel Williams discusses devolution as an economic experiment, which should be about learning, building on successes and recognising mistakes and disappointments.
Keynote Speaker: Professor Lindsay Paterson
Professor Lindsay Paterson discusses the special case of Scotland to assess the general debate about the ideology of language and national identity. New evidence is presented on attitudes to Scottish Gaelic and to the Scots language from the 2012 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey.
Keynote Speaker: Professor Laura McAllister
Professor Laura McAllister addresses her latest research on devolution in Wales and discusses the challenges of leading a national organisation, Sport Wales, and the balance between academia and the ‘real world’.
Keynote Speaker: Professor David Martin
Professor David Martin briefly reviews progress with the 2011 census and sets out to explore the research challenges presented by a future “Beyond 2011” data landscape, including a call for the research community to be fully engaged in the process of shaping this future.
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’.