Innovative Approach to Understanding Language Policy Development

Dr. Elin Royles and Dr. Huw Lewis have developed a framework to analyse the factors that influence the development of language policies.  In their contribution to The Routledge Handbook of Language Policy and Planning, they engage with two public policy approaches, multi-level governance and new institutionalism. Their chapter Governance, complexity and multi-level LPP develops a…

Dr Anwen Elias shares insights on Corsican autonomy

Dr. Anwen Elias’s insights on Corsican autonomy were included in the Nation Cymru, on 30 September. Discussions about Corsican autonomy have been on-going for 18 months, and in a recent speech French President Emmanuel Macron once again expressed his support for a new autonomy deal.  But Dr. Elias argues that the negotiations are difficult, and there are…
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‘Demands for independence’: new research explains secessionist party strategy

New research argues Plaid Cymru downplayed its demands for Welsh independence to prioritise vote-seeking goals between 2003 and 2015, and foregrounded calling for independence after 2019, with the new party leadership spurring this shift in the dramatically changed political context of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Demands for independence have increased across parts of…

Understanding the relationship between the economy and the Welsh language in Wales

A new published blog discusses the objectives of the ARFOR Programme, which aims to understand the relationship between the economy and the Welsh language in Wales.  In this blog, Dr Huw Lewis highlights the need for a clearer definition of how economic and linguistic factors interact and influence each other.  The ARFOR Programme, funded by…
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New paper calls for spatial justice approach to address multiple crises in rural Britain

A new paper by Professor Michael Woods has been published in The Geographical Journal.  The paper proposes the adoption of a spatial justice approach to understanding the multiple crises facing rural Britain and developing policy responses.  It outlines the key dimensions of rural spatial justice and considers its application to analysis of challenges in the…

New IWA Podcast Explores Dialogue, Deliberation, and Democratic Renewal

Tune in to the latest IWA podcast featuring CWPS WISERD Co-director Dr. Anwen Elias and Dr. Jennifer Wolowic, Principal Lead of the Dialogue Centre at Aberystwyth University, as they delve into the realms of dialogue, deliberation, and democratic renewal. Discover how innovative approaches to democracy are engaging citizens in shaping decisions that impact their daily…
The project held a photography exhibition in Aberystwyth in April 2023, displaying images of ‘Independence’ taken by local photographers.

Call for Images illustrating Independence by Caernarfon Area Photographers

Researchers are looking for people in the Caernarfon area with a passion for photography to take pictures reflecting how they think and feel about independence. The photographers will be asked to take four pictures and attend a session at Y Galeri in Caernarfon on Saturday 30 September to discuss how and why they chose their…

Plaid Cymru’s new leader faces tough challenges ahead of next elections

Anwen Elias, Aberystwyth University and Elin Royles, Aberystwyth University Rhun ap Iorwerth was appointed as Plaid Cymru’s new leader mid-June 2023. He replaced Adam Price, who stood down in response to a damaging report which found evidence of a culture of sexual harassment, bullying and misogyny in the party. An immediate priority for ap Iorwerth…
Professor Michael Woods, Professor Alan Renwick and Dr Anwen Elias

Public demand for democratic reform

The Centre for Welsh Politics and Society at Aberystwyth University hosted its Annual Lecture on the prospects for democratic reform in the United Kingdom. Leading academic Professor Alan Renwick, Deputy Director of the Constitution Unit at University College London, delivered the lecture entitled “Do the UK Public want Democratic Reform?”. Professor Renwick presented compelling research…