Our new WISERD video provides a fresh introduction to WISERD, including our research networks, collaborative projects with partners and our commitment to capacity building and training. It also gives a brief insight into some of our current research and its impact for society, and our vision for the future.


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Interview with Professor Gary Higgs, University of South Wales

Professor Gary Higgs from the University of South Wales talks about some of his latest research on accessibility to public services, and particularly those affected by COVID, such as banks and green spaces. He explains how his team are identifying gaps in provision and producing an evidence base with which organisations can more effectively plan the provision of services and reduce inequality in access.


Interview with Professor Martina Feilzer, Bangor University

Professor Martina Feilzer from Bangor University discusses her research on civil society organisations’ support for refugees and migrants in a number of European countries, and how this led to an unexpected focus on the experiences of the Roma community. This research will equip civil society organisations with knowledge and evidence, and the ability to engage with policymakers about their communities.


Interview with Professor Michael Woods, Aberystwyth University

Professor Michael Woods from Aberystwyth University discusses a recently completed project funded by the European Union called IMAJINE and made up of 15 partners across Europe, in which a spatial justice framework is used to examine territorial inequalities in Europe and the impact of European Union cohesion policies.


Interview with Dr Nick Hacking, Cardiff University

Dr Nick Hacking from Cardiff University discusses his research project entitled ‘Experts, Expertise and Citizen Science’. It’s a case study involving a group of people in Barry who have been using digital air quality monitors to record and analyse data as part of a long-running, local planning dispute. Dr Hacking explains how this case study suggests the need to broaden our understanding of citizen science to include a much wider range of activities.


Interview with Professor Nigel O’Leary, Swansea University

Professor Nigel O’Leary from Swansea University explains how his research on identity and civic divides in the UK explores the differential outcomes across marginalised groups within society. Much of the research is centred around three key identities: religious identity, sexual identity and those who have a long-term limiting illness or disability.


Interview with Professor Sally Power, Cardiff University

Professor Sally Power from Cardiff University discusses some of the latest findings from the WISERD Education Multi-Cohort Study (WMCS), which tracks the progress of children and young people as they go through secondary education in Wales. Professor Power highlights the importance of this ongoing cohort study in providing evidence for policymakers and practitioners, enabling them to put measures and policies in place to improve the lives of young people in Wales.


Interview with Professor Scott Orford, Cardiff University

Professor Scott Orford from Cardiff University explains how the Understanding Welsh Places website presents useful data and geographical information about your town or local area. It can help you to identify opportunities for your community and understand the relationships between your area and other places nearby. It also allows local community and civil society groups to learn more about the places in which their members live, work and spend their leisure time.