WISERD Annual Conference 2019 to take place 3rd-4th July

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In two weeks’ time, WISERD will be holding its Annual Conference in the Medrus Conference Centre at Aberystwyth University. This year’s theme is Civil Society and Participation.

Delegates will have the opportunity to discuss cutting-edge, inter-disciplinary research from Wales and beyond, focusing on approaches to civil society and participation that have been adopted in a wide range of policy areas. There will also be plenty of networking opportunities for colleagues from across academic, policy, public, private, and third sectors.

Our keynote lectures by Professor Sarah Neal (University of Sheffield) on Revisiting neighbours and why conviviality matters and Professor Kevin Morgan (Cardiff University) on The future of place-based innovation policy (as if ‘lagging regions’ really mattered), promise to be highlights of this year’s event.

We are looking forward to sharing findings from the ESRC WISERD/Civil Society programme, including a special closing plenary panel looking back across the five years of research and discussing what we have learned. We will also be looking ahead to the new ESRC WISERD/Civil Society programme on ‘civic stratification and civil repair’, which starts in October.

We will also be running a postgraduate poster and poster pitching competition, with prizes generously sponsored by the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Programme and the Learned Society of Wales.


If you haven’t booked your place already, there’s still time to do so but ticket sales will end at midnight tonight.

Follow @WISERDNews and search #WISERD2019 on the 3rd July to keep up to date with latest news from the event.