New Convenor of the Language, Citizenship and Identity Thematic Reference Group

We are very pleased to announce that Dr Rhys Jones of Aberystwyth University is the new convenor of WISERD’s Language, Citizenship and Identity thematic reference group.

Dr Jones succeeds Professor Graham Day of the School of Social Sciences at Bangor University.

We would like to thank Professor Day for steering the group and for his contribution to the understanding of community and identity in Wales.

Recently Professor Day introduced a one day workshop hosted by the group on migration and mobilities in Wales. The workshop included talks from the Welsh Language Board and two postgraduate students funded by the board. There were also contributions from WISERD colleagues and the Welsh Government Statistical Directorate.

Dr Rhys Jones is a Reader within the Institute of Geography & Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University. For the last decade, the core of Dr Jones’ work has been situated within the geographies of the state and its related group identities. Today, his research interests include the territorial and functional restructuring of the state, especially in the context of devolution; and the geographies of group identity with a particular focus on nationalism.