New Director for leading social science research centre

The Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Method (WISERD) has appointed a new Director.

Prof Ian Rees Jones WISERDProfessor Ian Rees Jones has been appointed as the new Director of WISERD, which brings together the expertise of researchers from the universities of Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Bangor, South Wales and Swansea. 

Based at Cardiff University, Professor Jones will lead the Institute which has become a major centre for social science research excellence in Wales and beyond. 

The Institute, which was established in 2008, aims to strengthen social and economic science research capacity across Wales through collaborative working and joint ventures.

Professor Jones said: “This is a very exciting time to be taking over as Director of WISERD.  WISERD has been producing high quality multidisciplinary research since it was set up in 2008 and our recent success in drawing in research funding to Wales together with the continued support we receive from the five Universities that make up the St David’s Day Group, reflect WISERD’s profile as an internationally recognised centre of excellence for research.

“I am looking forward to building on the legacy of the last five years to undertake challenging new research projects, develop our research talent in Wales and bring on new researchers for the future.”

Previously Head of the School of Social Sciences at Bangor University before joining WISERD in 2012, Professor Jones is well-known for his research on inequalities in health; and ageing and later life.  His research interests lie in theorizing social change and processes of social change (particularly since the 1960’s) and he has also researched areas focusing on Lifestyles and Social Relations, Class, Community and Social Change and Transparency and Trust in Health and Welfare.

A recently appointed member of the Academy of Social Sciences, Professor Jones is keen to further develop policy relevant research through collaborative ventures and expertise in mixed methods approaches. 

He replaces Professor Gareth Rees, who retired as Director in August 2013.  Professor Rees will continue his work on education research at WISERD.

For more information on WISERD visit www.wiserd.ac.uk/.