Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods
Sefydliad Ymchwil Gymdeithasol ac Economaidd, Data a Dulliau Cymru


The WISERD Annual Conference has become one of the most important events in the social sciences calendar for people concerned with social, economic and political issues in Wales today. 

We are delighted to welcome academics and non-academics from a diverse range of disciplines and areas of interest to share their research.  This year over 70 papers will be presented and we welcome two keynote speakers from leading figures in academia and politics.

Themes covered at the conference this year include:

  • Culture, Values and Creative Industries
  • Civil Society
  • Economic Life
  • Health, Environment and Wellbeing
  • Transitions in Education, Childhood and the Labour Market
  • Social Care across the Life-course
  • Open Sessions

Additional sessions:

  • Introduction to WISERD/Civil Society
  • Writing for Publication, Wales DTC Session*
  • Administrative Data Research Network launch event


*The workshop entitled 'Writing for Publication: audiences, processes and purposes' (led by Professor David James, Director of the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre) is free to all Doctoral students attending the conference and is aimed at those who are new, or relatively new, to writing for publication.  The DTC is also running a 'collaboration short essay competition' with a £200 prize for the winning entry. Details on how to submit an essay are available on the Wales DTC website.

The conference will run over two days:

10.30am - 6.00pm on Thursday 3rd July and 8.30am - 3.45pm on Friday 4th July.

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Pre-conference Event

Aberystwyth’s Literary Cartographers: exploring the relationship between literature & place by Dr Jon Anderson

Wednesday 2 July at 5.30pm—7.00pm, Aberystwyth University Arts Centre

A must-see for anyone with an interest in Welsh literature and local geography!

This event will explore the relationship between literature and geography, focusing on some of Ceredigion’s best contemporary writers.

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