The newly established WISERD Politics and Governance Research Network was launched at a well-attended event in Swansea today. This multidisciplinary network will bring 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 Dr Matthew Wall and Dr Bettina Petersohn from Swansea University’s Department of Political and Cultural Studies.
Future network activities will include: developing awareness of research projects and plans across the member institutions, identifying potential synergies and collaborations among network members, identifying opportunities for collaborative funding proposals among network members and assisting with the drafting of funding proposals. The Network will share its work through conference papers and panels, including at WISERD’s Annual Conference in Aberystwyth in 2019.
WISERD Co-Director, Professor Paul Chaney, said: “The launch of the Network is an exciting development with strong potential to link-up leading experts working on politics and governance issues in Wales and beyond – and to advance research that will have real impact on scholarship, policy and public life.”
Dr Wall and Dr Petersohn added: “The launch event was an excellent start towards what we are aiming to achieve with this research network. It brought to light overlapping research interests among network members and sparked discussions about potential collaborations between early career and more established researchers.”