WISERD is the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data & Methods, collaboratively established in 2008 by the Universities of Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, South Wales and Swansea.
WISERD’s purpose is to develop the social science research provision and infrastructure in Wales, promote collaboration across Welsh researchers and Universities, and improve the impact of social science research on the policymaking process in Wales. WISERD’s research programme provides expertise across disciplines and methods. Its research infrastructure programme engages in training and capacity-building, assembly of Welsh data into its online portal, and knowledge exchanges in order to help improve the Welsh social science infrastructure.
WISERD has good connections with the Assembly and Government. WISERD is physically close to much of the Government and its Knowledge and Analytical Services (KAS), and can provide them with access to research and knowledge from across Wales. Their impact is increased by a thorough engagement plan that also benefits researchers who engage with them. WISERD meets regularly with members of the KAS, including the Chief Social Scientist, to ensure WISERD are aware of Government research needs and plans. They also regularly engage with other stakeholders (including Ministers and AMs) through meetings, briefings, seminar series, conferences, and away days.
How to engage with WISERD:
- Sign up to their mailing list. WISERD regularly circulates consultation and research commissioning opportunities to its network.
- Participate in one of their many events, seminars, or training days. WISERD also hosts the biggest annual social science conference in Wales.
- Monitor opportunities at WISERD on their website.
- ESRC funded Ph.D. studentships are occasionally available at WISERD.