New toolkit uses collage making as a creative method for dialogue

The Aberystwyth University Dialogue Centre and the Centre for Welsh Politics and Society (CWPS) have launched a unique toolkit showing how collage making can help people deliberate important issues.  A Collage of Dialogue: A Creative Method for Setting Up Deliberative Conversations offers a step-by-step guide for running a two-hour workshop where collage making is used as…

Former First Minister to discuss Wales’ constitutional future

Wales’ former First Minister will discuss the constitutional future of Wales at a talk at Aberystwyth University later this month. Dr Anwen Elias and The Right Honourable Carwyn Jones will consider the work of the Independent Commission on the Constitutional Future of Wales and the recommendations set out in its final report. The dialogue between…

Public lecture on the future of the United Kingdom

The pressing political question of the United Kingdom’s survival will be the subject of a public lecture at Aberystwyth University. ‘Fractured Union’ will be delivered by Professor Michael Kenny, an expert on the UK constitution, national identity, and territorial politics. The lecture will be hosted by Aberystwyth University’s Centre for Welsh Politics and Society as…

New publication on the efficacy of the Welsh third sector-government partnership

Dr. Amy Sanders has published the paper: A Welsh Innovation in Inclusive Governance. Examining the Efficacy of the Statutory Third Sector-Government Partnership for Engaging the Third Sector in Policymaking. This journal article examines how well the Welsh government’s partnership with the third sector works. This partnership, an innovation of devolution, gives the third sector a voice…

COVID-19 Failures of State Exposes Age-Based Inequities in Health Care: Calls for Radical Change

First Minister Mark Drakeford’s government’s decision making during the pandemic was under scrutiny last month at the Covid-19 Inquiry in Cardiff. This newly published paper highlights the failures of state decision making in exacerbating older people’s health and social care conditions, which before the COVID-19 pandemic already put them at risk of harm and indignity. …

The Independent Commission on the Constitutional Future of Wales publish final report

On 17 January, following a two-year national conversation, the Independent Commission on the Constitutional Future of Wales published their report. The publication outlined three potential options for Wales’s constitutional future: enhanced devolution, a federal UK and an independent Wales. WISERD Co-Director, Dr Anwen Elias, is a member of the Commission and part of the Centre…

Report summarises findings from recent research on out-migration to inform the work of the ARFOR II programme

A briefing report has been published by the Centre for Welsh Politics and Society (CWPS) at Aberystwyth University, outlining the key conclusions from two research workshops on the topic of out-migration that were held during November 2023.  The workshops were organized by CWPS and Wavehill, as part of the work program of an 18-month research tender…

Using Dialogue to have an Impact with your Research

Amy Sanders has been piloting new approaches to ensure her research can have an impact. She delivered a full day of training for policy actors from across the Welsh third sector. It was called ‘Are you being heard? How the third sector can influence Welsh Government’.  Policy leads from 35 different Welsh third sector organisations attended…

CWPS to lead major new project to support inclusive sustainable development in Rural Wales

A team led by CWPS Co-Director Michael Woods has been awarded over £5m by UKRI to establish Cymru Wledig LPIP Rural Wales, the Rural Wales Local Policy and Innovation Partnership. The partnership includes CWPS members Lowri Cunnington Wynn and Rhys Jones as well as researchers at Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff and Gloucestershire universities and non-academic partners…