WISERD Co-Director

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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.


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)
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Comparative Analysis of State and Civil Society Discourse on Human Rights Implementation and the Position of Roma in the Former Yugoslav Space
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 discrimination and oppression...
Civil Society Organizations' Experiences of Participative Environmental Mainstreaming: A Political Systems Perspective of a Regional European Polity
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 environmental concerns in all aspects of policy-making...
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
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 child (UNCRC). Hitherto, this has largely escaped...
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
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 latter represents a generational opportunity to apply a...
Participatory governance or deliberative disjuncture? Exploring the state-civil society policy nexus in the gender mainstreaming programmes of seven Middle Eastern states 2005-2015
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’ implementation of the Participative Democratic Model of gender...
Civil Society and Gender Mainstreaming: Empirical Evidence and Theory-Building from Twelve Post-Conflict Countries 2005-15
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. The findings reveal specific data...
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...
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...
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
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.