The Centre for Welsh Politics and Society offers a number of opportunities to study contemporary social and political issues, policies and institutions in Wales, as well as providing training and capacity building workshops and courses for academic researchers and professionals in the public and third sectors.

PhD Study

The Centre for Welsh Politics and Society hosts a number of postgraduate students researching PhD theses related to the centre’s themes or research projects, with funding from sources including the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership, the European Research Council, and the Aberystwyth University ABERDOC studentships.
Current PhD Funding Opportunities:
Applications are invited for 3 and 4 (1+3) year studentships from the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnerships in either Human Geography or Politics, on topics concerning contemporary politics and society in Wales; governance and participation; civil society; language, culture and identity; and Wales’s global connections. Click for more information about human geography or politics PhD opportunities.

The closing date for applications for PhD funding starting in October 2017 is 31 January 2017.

Training and Capacity Building

Workshops and Courses:

Thursday 21st of June 2018

PhD ‘Researching Wales’ Event

Even in the same University, PhD students can be unaware that others are working on similar topics, just in the building next door. In order to tackle this problem CWPS organised an interdisplinary PhD Event in June 2018 for postgrad scholars working on Wales, in Wales.

This unique, one-day workshop aimed to promote connections, build networks and facilitate conversation about ideas and methods, as well as providing practical information and guidance on key aspects of academic life today.  It brought together doctoral scholars from Aberystwyth, Bangor, Lampeter, Swansea and the University of Wales, Trinity St David. The event achieved a great disciplinary mix too, with historians and psychologists, geographers and biologists, as well as international politics scholars comparing their experiences and sharing insights.

The morning was spent learning about each other’s research in two sessions. The first asked how ‘Wales’ was conceptualised in their research. The second focused on methodology, considering how the ideas and tools that we use to search for insights in turn shape what kind of findings we discover. Participants shared common problems and suggested solutions, but also cross-fertilized ideas from different disciplines.

The impact agenda was the topic for the first afternoon session, including interventions from an award-winning Aber team who have shaped Welsh Government language policy, and the editor of Click on Wales, the online platform. The final session discussed the vital topic careers, looking at both academic and non-academic pathways into work.

The event was a great success. We plan to strengthen our postgraduate activities in the near future and will definitely be running another workshop this year. Those who would like to find out more should contact Lucy Taylor on to join our postgraduate network.

Tuesday 24th January 2017
Research Impact in the Social Sciences and Humanities
IBERS Penglais Building, Aberystwyth University, 9.30am – 4pm
A one-day symposium organized by WISERD and the Aberystwyth University Transformative Social Science Programme to discuss how to maximise the impact of research in the social sciences and humanities with non-academic audiences including policy-makers, business, civil society, communities and the media. Guest speakers include Dr Richard Watermayer (Bath University) and Dr Sioned Pearce (WISERD, Cardiff University) and a panel of research users. E-mail to book a place.