Wales’ largest social science conference took place on 25th and 26th June at the University of South Wales.

This annual two-day conference showcased policy relevant research in Wales and attracted colleagues from academic, policy, public, private and third sectors.

Following on from three successful events in Cardiff, Swansea and Bangor; the WISERD conference has become established as one of the most important events in the social science calendar.


We were delighted to welcome academics and non-academics from a diverse range of disciplines and areas of interest to share their research.  Over 80 papers were presented at the 2013 conference and we welcomed three keynote speakers from leading figures in academia and politics:

Lindsay Paterson, Professor of Educational Policy in the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, has served on the ESRC Research Resources Board (2003-7), and has been commissioned on several occasions to provide policy advice to the Scottish Parliament’s Education Committee and to the Scottish Government.

Laura McAllister, Professor of Governance at the University of Liverpool’s School of Management and political analyst for BBC Wales and a regular commentator on Welsh and British politics and elections.

David Martin, Professor of Geography at the University of Southampton and a co-director of both the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods and UK Data Service.

Themes covered at the conference included: