Wales’ largest social science conference comes to Swansea

Wales’ largest social science conference is taking place at the new Bay Campus at Swansea University today.

Now in its seventh year, the Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD) Annual Conference brings together practitioners, policy makers and social scientists to discuss and debate themes such as health; social care; wellbeing; education; culture & values; environment; labour markets; devolution; and civil society.

Established as an important event in the social science calendar, academic and non-academic researchers from a diverse range of disciplines will share their research at the conference.  The event is a unique opportunity for anyone concerned with social, economic and political issues in contemporary Wales and beyond, with over 70 papers being presented this year.

Headlining the two-day conference are four keynote speakers: Ottón Solís, President and three times presidential candidate of the Citizens’ Action Party (Partido Accion Cindadana) in Costa Rica; Professor Andrew Oswald, Professor of Economics, University of Warwick; Mike Hout, Professor of Sociology, New York University; and David Grusky, Professor of Sociology, Stanford University.

Opening the event is former First Minister, The Right Honourable Rhodri Morgan, who will deliver a speech titled ‘The Services/Manufacturing Balance and the Welsh Economic Recovery’.

The WISERD 2016 Annual Conference will take place on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th July at Swansea University. 

For further information, please contact:

Jill Wilmott-Doran

Communications Officer, WISERD


Tel: 029 2087 0026


The Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD) was established in 2008 to draw together and build upon the existing expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods and methodologies at the universities of Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, South Wales and Swansea.  WISERD undertakes research and capacity building activities that facilitate the development of research infrastructure across the economic and social sciences in Wales and beyond.  The WISERD hub is based at Cardiff University.  Website:

Visit the website for more information: #WISERD2016