The Morgan Academy, named after the late Rhodri Morgan, former First Minister of Wales and Swansea University Chancellor, is a research-based think tank created to deal with the pressing ‘wicked issues’ of public policy in Wales and the wider World.
Based in Swansea University, we work across subject disciplines. As well as promoting critical thinking, we work collaboratively to promote innovative evidence-based policy.
The Morgan Academy carries out commissioned and ‘blue-sky’ research in the social sciences, arts and humanities but seeks to make its primary impact as a policy centre. In this regard, we also act as a ‘what works’ research clearing house taking the salient research output of the University, across arts, humanities, social sciences, engineering and science and use this evidence base to apply high-quality research findings to the material world. In other contexts, this has been regarded as a process of knowledge transfer or commercialisation.
We are as likely to be involved in promoting evidence-based policy in relation to controversial issues such as novel means of extracting oil and gas (in the context of an unstable geopolitical map) as we are to be contributing to discussions on the future of a publicly-funded NHS. We are concerned with both Wales and the wider world.