Academic Year 2018/19

The Academic Year 2018-19 holds another array of exciting events that the research group is organising and/or joining in.

  • We've started with the launch of a new Research Network with WISERD connecting scholars working on Politics and Governance more broadly (see below).
  • In December we are going to hold a half-day workshop on questions of intergovernmental coordination with Dr Johanna Schnabel (Newton International Fellow at University of Kent) as guest speaker. Johanna will present her project on The Politics of Conditional Grants in Federal States.
  • After the Christmas break, we are going to host another PGR methods workshop in January 2019 following from the success of last year's event.

More details will follow soon, so watch this pace.

Launch of New WISERD Politics and Governance Research Network

The newly established WISERD Politics and Governance Research Network was launched at a well-attended event in Swansea on Thursday 27th September. This multi-disciplinary network will bring together scholars who conduct and publish methodologically rigorous research that centres on Welsh politics and governance from across the five WISERD partner universities. The Network is jointly led by Dr Matthew Wall and Dr Bettina Petersohn from Swansea University’s Department of Political and Cultural Studies.

Future Network activities include: developing awareness of research projects and plans across the member institutions; identifying potential synergies and collaborations among network members; identifying opportunities for collaborative funding proposals among research network members and assisting with the drafting of funding proposals. Network dissemination activities will include conference papers and panel – including at WISERD’s Annual Conference in Aberystwyth in 2019. WISERD Co-director Professor Paul Chaney said "The launch of the network is an exciting development with strong potential to link-up leading experts working on politics and governance issues in Wales and beyond – and advance research that will have real impact on scholarship, policy and public life". Dr Wall and Dr Petersohn added "The launch event was an excellent start towards what we are aiming to achieve with this Research Network. It brought to light overlapping research interests among network members and sparked discussions about potential collaborations between early career and more established researchers."

Please email Matthew and Betting if you wish to join.