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In two weeks’ time, WISERD will be holding its Annual Conference in the Medrus Conference Centre at Aberystwyth University. This year’s theme is Civil Society and Participation.

Delegates will have the opportunity to discuss cutting-edge, inter-disciplinary research from Wales and beyond, focusing on approaches to civil society and participation that have been adopted in a wide range of policy areas. There will also be plenty of networking opportunities for colleagues from across academic, policy, public, private, and third sectors.

Our keynote lectures by Professor Sarah Neal (University of Sheffield) on Revisiting neighbours and why conviviality matters and Professor Kevin Morgan (Cardiff University) on The future of place-based innovation policy (as if ‘lagging regions’ really mattered), promise to be highlights of this year’s event.

We are looking forward to sharing findings from the ESRC WISERD/Civil Society programme, including a special closing plenary panel looking back across the five years of research and discussing what we have learned. We will also be looking ahead to the new ESRC WISERD/Civil Society programme on ‘civic stratification and civil repair’, which starts in October.

We will also be running a postgraduate poster and poster pitching competition, with prizes generously sponsored by the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Programme and the Learned Society of Wales.

Full programme below:



If you haven’t booked your place already, there’s still time to do so but ticket sales will end at midnight tonight.

Follow @WISERDNews and search #WISERD2019 on the 3rd July to keep up to date with latest news from the event.

The 2019 WISERD Annual Conference will be held on the 3rd and 4th of July in Aberystwyth.

The theme for our Annual Conference is ‘Civil Society and Participation’ and it promises to provide colleagues from across the academic, policy, public, private, and third sectors with the opportunity to network and discuss cutting edge inter-disciplinary research from Wales and beyond that focuses on approaches adopted in a wide range of policy areas. Possible themes for contributions include:

  • Civil Society, Participation and Governance
  • Language Participation, Culture and Identity
  • Wales’s Global Connections: Civil Society and Participation in Context
  • Participation and Civil Society through the Life Course
  • Participation in Education
  • Participation in the Labour Market
  • Working with Communities
  • Participatory Research in Housing, Health and Social Care
  • Activism and Civil Society Research
  • Doing Participatory and Action Research

For any enquiries regarding the conference programme or booking arrangements, please contact the WISERD Hub Team:

Email: WISERDAnnualConference@cardiff.ac.uk   
Telephone: 029 208 79338


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Transport to conference

By car

The nearest Motorway access to the region is via the M56 at Chester, The M54 at Telford, the M5 at Worcester and the M50

Mid Wales is approximately 3.5 to 4 hours from London, 1.5 to 2 hours from Birmingham and 2 hours from Manchester. 

By rail

Details regarding the train service to Aberystwyth can be found at National Rail Enquiries

Local Travel

Information regarding local trains and bus times can be found at Traveline Cymru 


Aberystwyth and the surrounding area offers a number of hotels and bed and breakfast venues



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