WISERD Co-Director
Cardiff University

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Paul Chaney is a co-director of WISERD and Professor of Policy and Politics at Cardiff University School of Social Sciences. He has been a member of a number of Government 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 on the Management Board of Policy and Politics (Policy Press) and co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal Contemporary Wales: An Annual Review of Social, Political and Economic Research (2003-2014). He has authored/ contributed to ten books and written over sixty papers in leading peer-reviewed journals. His research and teaching interests include: territorial politics, public policy-making, civil society, and equality and human rights.


Digital archive of annual reports
A WISERD research team comprising Professor Paul Chaney, Dr Christala Sophocleous and Professor Daniel Wincott has worked with Wales Council for Voluntary Organisations (WCVA) and The National Library of Wales to create a historically significant digital archive of the Annual Reports of WCVA and its predecessor organisations. We are delighted to make this resource publicly and freely available to social historians, researchers and the generally curious.
Research Team:
Paul Chaney (Cardiff University), Christala Sophocleous (Cardiff University), Daniel Wincott (Cardiff University)
Improving the Social Welfare System in China: Urbanization, Community Development, and Social Participation
During rapid urbanization and marketization, China has experienced unbalanced economic and social development - both between and within cities – and social groups. To promote social justice and sustainable development, not to mention political stability, the establishment
Research Team:
Paul Chaney (Cardiff University), Xiao Lin (Beijing Academy of Social Sciences), Sin Yi Cheung (Cardiff University)
WISERD Politics and Governance Research Network
The WISERD Politics and Governance Research Network is a multidisciplinary network which brings together scholars who conduct and publish research that centres on Welsh politics and governance, from across the five WISERD partner universities. The Network is jointly led by
Research Team:
Paul Chaney (Cardiff University), Matthew Wall (Swansea University), Bettina Petersohn (Swansea University)
Exploring effective practice in civil society organisations' promotion of human rights, good governance and social justice in India and Bangladesh
This multidisciplinary research network project is jointly hosted by WISERD and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. It is funded under a Global Challenge Research Fund award from the Academy of Medical Sciences. The Principal Investigators are Professor Paul
Research Team:
Paul Chaney (Cardiff University), Sarbeswar Sahoo (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi)
Journal Articles
Exploring the Substantive Representation of Non-humans in UK Parliamentary Business: A Legislative Functions Perspective of Animal Welfare Petitions 2010-19
Chaney, P., Rees Jones, I. and Fevre, R. (2021) Exploring the Substantive Representation of Non-humans in UK Parliamentary Business: A Legislative Functions Perspective of Animal Welfare Petitions, 2010-19, Parliamentary Affairs – A Journal of Representative Politics, Oxford...
Books and Book Chapters
Civil Society Organizations’ Experiences of Participative Environmental Mainstreaming: A Political Systems Perspective of a Regional European Polity
Chaney, P. (2020) “Civil Society Organizations’ Experiences of Participative Environmental Mainstreaming: A Political Systems Perspective of a Regional European Polity”, Chapter 6 (pp.48-61) in Sin Yi Cheung and Lin, Xiao (editors) Social Policy and Local Governance...
Books and Book Chapters
‘Situated Knowledge’ – Exploring Civil Society Views on the Rohingya Crisis in United Nations Universal Periodic Review Data, Part III.
Forthcoming for 2021 Chaney, P. (2021 forthcoming) ‘Situated Knowledge’ – Exploring Civil Society Views on the Rohingya Crisis in United Nations Universal Periodic Review Data, Part III. Chapter 8 in Nasir Uddin (ed) (2021) Living with Uncertainties: The Rohingya in the...
Journal Articles
Exploring the meso-territorialization of third sector administration and welfare delivery in federal and union states: Evidence and theory-building from the UK
The international trend of state restructuring and the rise of decentralized welfare systems means a key challenge for social research is to systematically explore the breadth of factors shaping the territorialization of third sector welfare delivery at the meso level in...
Journal Articles
Civil Society, Rights and Welfare: Exploring the Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the [Post-Soviet] Commonwealth of Independent States
Chaney, P. Civil Society, Rights and Welfare: Exploring the Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the [Post-Soviet] Commonwealth of Independent States, Europe Asia Studies, Routledge T & F, Impact Factor of 0.971, Print ISSN: 0966...
Reports and Briefings
Non-Technical Briefing Paper No.3: Civil Society and Good Governance in India and Bangladesh
This briefing is from the ‘Exploring effective practice’ project 2018-19 funded by the Academy of Medical Sciences/ Global Challenges Research Fund. It reports on the findings of fieldwork, including a workshop conducted at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in January...
Working Paper
New Perspectives on Welfare and Governance in Contemporary China
Introduction Over the last thirty years, China has undergone comprehensive and profound social and economic transformation. The rapid development of urbanization, marketization, informatization and globalization has brought China a series of major challenges. These include...
Journal Articles
Human Rights and Social Welfare Pathologies: Civil Society Perspectives on Contemporary Practice across UK Jurisdictions
In order to provide a timely assessment of India’s fulfilment of international obligations on religious freedom this article explores the nature and ‘issue-salience’ of different human rights ‘pathologies’. It uses critical frame analysis of the corpus of civil society...
Journal Articles
India at the Crossroads? Civil Society, Human Rights and Religious Freedom: Critical Analysis of CSOs’ Third Cycle Universal Periodic Review Discourse 2012-2017
In order to provide a timely assessment of India’s fulfilment of international obligations on religious freedom this article explores the nature and ‘issue-salience’ of different human rights ‘pathologies’. It uses critical frame analysis of the corpus of civil society...
Civil Society, Inequalities | August 2019
Reports and Briefings
Non-Technical Briefing Paper No.2: Exploring Civil Society and Social Justice in Bangladesh
This briefing is from the ‘Exploring effective practice’ project 2018-19 funded by the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Global Challenges Research Fund. It reports on the findings of fieldwork, including a workshop held in August 2018 at BRAC University with civil society...
Working Paper
Trust-transparency paradoxes: proceedings of an international conference
This short publication presents the main proceedings of an international conference held at Sciences Po Lyon, France, on 4 May 2018. The symposium pulled together several research initiatives around the central theme of trust–transparency paradoxes. Trust (and its corollary...
Reports and Briefings
Non-Technical Position Paper No.1: Exploring effective practice in civil society organisations’ promotion of citizenship rights, good governance and social justice in India and Bangladesh
This briefing is from the ‘Exploring effective practice’ project 2018-19 funded by the Academy of Medical Sciences. It reports on the findings of fieldwork, including a two-day workshop, with NGOs in India who represent different religions and work to advance gender equality...
Journal Articles
Civil Society, 'Traditional Values' and LGBT Resistance to Heteronormative Rights Hegemony: Analysis of the UN Universal Periodic Review in the Russian Federation
Europe-Asia Studies 70(4) pp 638-665 This study of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in the Russian Federation uses frame analysis of civil society input into the UN Universal Periodic Review. It reveals a stark state–civil society ‘disconnect’ reflecting...
Journal Articles
Civil Society, Human Rights and Religious Freedom in the People’s Republic of China: Analysis of CSOs’ Universal Periodic Review Discourse
This article in the International Journal of Human Rights examines religious freedom in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) using critical frame analysis of state and civil society organisations’ (CSOs) policy discourse associated with the United Nations (UN) Universal...
Journal Articles
Comparative Analysis of State and Civil Society Discourse on Human Rights Implementation and the Position of Roma in the Former Yugoslav Space
Ethnopolitics 16(5) pp 431-449 This study analyses the position of Roma people in the former Yugoslavia using state and civil society discourse on human rights implementation. It reveals that states are failing to give sufficient prioritisation to tackling longstanding...
Journal Articles
Comparative analysis of state and civil society discourse on the implementation of the United Nations' convention on the rights of the child in North Africa
The Journal of North African Studies 22(1) pp 6-34 In the face of continuing children’s rights abuses across North Africa, the need for governments to engage non-state actors in human rights implementation is explicit in the United Nations’ convention on the rights of the...
Journal Articles
Comparative Analysis of Civil Society and State Discourse on Disabled People's Rights and Welfare in South East Asia 2010-16
Over the next quarter century it is likely that Southeast Asian countries will experience high levels of growth in the number of disabled people. It is therefore significant that, over the past decade, the region’s governments have at last ratified the United Nations...
Journal Articles
Governance transitions' and minority nationalist parties' pressure for welfare state change: Evidence from Welsh and Scottish elections - And the UK's 'Brexit' referendum
This study is concerned with welfare state development and the intersection between the twin global phenomena of sub-state nationalism and ‘governance transitions’. Specifically, how minority nationalist parties (MNPs) use discourse to exert pressure for welfare change...
Journal Articles
Civil Society Organizations' Experiences of Participative Environmental Mainstreaming: A Political Systems Perspective of a Regional European Polity
Environmental Policy and Governance 26(6) pp 510-526 This paper addresses a lacuna in the literature on environmental policy integration by exploring civil society organizations' (CSOs) experiences of participative environmental mainstreaming – a policy imperative to embed...
Journal Articles
Participatory governance or deliberative disjuncture? Exploring the state-civil society policy nexus in the gender mainstreaming programmes of seven Middle Eastern states 2005-2015
British Journal of Middle East Studies 44(3) pp 310-322 To better understand why Middle Eastern states continue to languish at the bottom of world rankings on gender equality, this study presents critical discourse analysis of state and civil society organizations’...
Journal Articles
Civil Society and Gender Mainstreaming: Empirical Evidence and Theory-Building from Twelve Post-Conflict Countries 2005-15
World Development (83) pp 280–294 Using critical discourse analysis, this twelve-country study addresses a key lacuna by examining civil society perspectives on the implementation of the Participative Democratic Model (PDM) of gender mainstreaming in post-conflict states...
Journal Articles
Gendered political space: civil society, contingency theory, and the substantive representation of women
Journal of Civil Society 12(2) pp 198-223 Whilst existing civil society studies generally fail to systematically examine the way that contextual factors shape women’s representation in the civil sphere, political science has predominantly focused on legislative settings...
Journal Articles
Mind the gap? Civil society policy engagement and the pursuit of gender justice: critical discourse analysis of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in Africa 2003-2015
Review of African Political Economy 43(150) pp 608-629 This article presents critical discourse analysis of state and civil society organisations’ efforts to implement the gender mainstreaming goals set out in the United Nations’ Beijing Declaration. It is argued that the...
Journal Articles
Post-Feminist Era of Social Investment and Territorial Welfare? Exploring the Issue Salience and Policy Framing of Child Care in U.K. Elections 1983-2011
SAGE Open 5(1) pp 1-14 Earlier work has tended to overlook the formative origins of child care policy in liberal democracies. Accordingly, this study examines mandate-seeking and parties’ envisioning of child care with reference to issue salience and policy framing in party...
Journal Articles
The 'Complementarity Conjecture' - Does Civil Society Engagement Strengthen Input Legitimacy and Shape Policy Delivery? The Case of Gender Mainstreaming in India and Nepal 2005-15
Journal of Comparative Asian Development 14(3) pp 377-413 This study presents critical discourse analysis of gender mainstreaming in India and Nepal. Mainstreaming is a United Nations policy objective subscribed to by 180+ states. It aims to embed gender equality concerns in...
Journal Articles
Institutional ableism, critical actors and the substantive representation of disabled people: Evidence from the UK Parliament 1940-2012
The Journal of Legislative Studies 21(2) pp 168-191 This study is concerned with the substantive representation of disabled people (SRDP) in legislative settings; in other words, addressing disabled people's needs and concerns in policy and lawmaking. Mixed methods analysis...
Journal Articles
Multi-level systems and the electoral politics of welfare pluralism: Exploring third-sector policy in UK Westminster and regional elections 1945-2011
VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations 25(3) pp 585-611 Electoral politics is a decisive formative and programmatic phase in the development of mixed economy approaches to social protection. This study examines the main issues and policy...
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Electoral Competition, Issue Salience and Public Policy for Older People: the Case of the Westminster and Regional UK Elections 1945-2011
The British Journal of Politics & International Relations 15(3) pp 456-475 Ageing societies and cohort-based differential turnout present challenges and opportunities in political parties' pursuit of electoral support. This article explores their response with reference to...
Journal Articles
Electoral Competition, Issue Salience and Public Policy for Disabled People: Westminster and Regional UK Elections 1945-2011
Parliamentary Affairs 66(2) pp 364-383 This paper explores the issue salience of social welfare for disabled people in electoral politics with reference to party manifestos in Westminster and regional elections in the UK. Innovative aspects include mixed methods analysis of...
Journal Articles
Electoral discourse and formative structural narratives of welfare divergence in multi-level systems: homelessness policy in UK elections 1970–2011
Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy 29(1) pp 28-47 Over recent decades there has been an international shift towards multi-level governance. Against this backdrop, many comparative welfare studies take government policy outputs as the starting point for...
Seminar Civil Society and Social Change- Book launch
5th November 2020 |
Join us to celebrate the launch of the Policy Press WISERD Civil Society and Social Change book series. This new series provides interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives on the rapidly changing nature of civil society at local, regional...
Conference Welsh Policy and Politics in Unprecedented Times
24th May 2019 |
Swansea
Austerity, further devolution of powers, issues such as an ageing population and climate change, and of course Brexit are all important conditions and events leading to uncertainty, instability and an unprecedented situation in Welsh policy and...
Conference Changing Wales: WISERD at 10
17th October 2018 |
Cardiff
The Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) will be celebrating ten years of research that has helped address some of the key social challenges facing Wales on Wednesday 17th October. This invitation only event will...
Conference Big Ideas from a Small Nation
6th March 2018 |
London
Due to the threat of industrial action by the University and College Union (UCU) on this date we have decided to cancel this event. An evening of debate and networking as part of Wales Week in London
Conference Young People and Brexit - One year on
22nd June 2017 |
London
How are young people feeling about and responding to Brexit, and how will it affect their participation in the 2017 General Election? The call for papers is now open for our one-day conference that will consider these important questions. We will...
non-WISERD Civil Society and Democratization in India
20th October 2016 |
Cardiff
Part of the 2016 Civil Society Seminar Series, this seminar examines how Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), as part of civil society, contribute towards democratization in India and what conditions facilitate or inhibit their contribution.