The Principal Aims of WISERD
The Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD) was established in 2008. The Institute is a collaborative venture between the Universities of Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, South Wales and Swansea. The principal aims of WISERD are as follows:
- To develop the quality and quantity of social science research in Wales, particularly through externally-funded research projects
- To promote collaborative research activity across the participating universities and across disciplines and sectors
- To develop the social science research infrastructure in Wales
- To strengthen the impact of social science research on the development of policy in the public, private and third sectors through a focus on knowledge exchange and engagement
WISERD seeks to achieve these aims through two programmes: a research programme and a research infrastructure programme. In terms of its research, WISERD is able to demonstrate expertise in:
- qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodologies
- knowledge and analysis of datasets relating to Wales
- a track record of generating successful research grant bids
WISERD’s research programme is comprised of a diverse portfolio of activities, ranging from basic science to applied research projects, for further information click here.
WISERD’s research infrastructure programme is focused on the development of research capacity within the social sciences in Wales and beyond. This programme is comprised of the following key elements:
WISERD is coordinated from a hub based at Cardiff University. The Institute has researchers and senior linked academics based in each of the partner institutions, and seeks to engage with the wider academic community through its networks and membership schemes.