Calling All Researchers!!

The University has recently been contacted by the Welsh Government regarding the Beyond 2011 Programme. They are interested in bringing together social scientists from across the Welsh academic sector to explore their Census type data needs. Do you have an interest in using Census type data sources especially Census of Population data? If so please could you contact Gary Higgs via email with detail of your use of such data.

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Connected communities research development workshop

The Arts and Humanities Research Council invites expressions of interest to attend a one-day connected communities research development workshop. The aim of this workshop is to support the development of ideas for research projects to explore and enhance the sustainability of outcomes from, and legacy of, research under the connected communities programme and to provide new insights on the potential broader cultural, economic and societal value of research under the programme.

Attendees at the workshop will have an opportunity to apply for ring-fenced funding for follow-up projects of up to £100,000 to support interdisciplinary collaborative grants combining arts and humanities expertise with other research disciplines and community, policy and practice partners.

Higher education institutions, some research council institutes and independent research organisations as well as individuals from outside the higher education sector are eligible to apply.

The AHRC will arrange accommodation and reimburse travel costs.

  • Closing date 07 Jun 13
  • Deadline information Expressions of interest due by 4pm.

For more information please visit

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WISERD 2013 Annual Conference – Early Bird Deadline Has Been Extended!!!

Wales’ largest social science conference will take place on 25th and 26th June at the University of South Wales.

This annual conference showcases policy relevant research in Wales and attracts colleagues from academic, policy, public, private and third sectors.

The 2013 conference is the fourth annual WISERD conference, and follows on from three successful conferences, held in Cardiff, Swansea and Bangor Universities.  Bringing practitioners and social scientists together, WISERD conferences have become established as one of the most important events in the social science calendar.

Please note the early bird rate of £70 per day has been extended to Friday 17th May.

To book a place at the event please complete the online registration form below.

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UK-India Initiative on Social Sciences PhD Partnering launched

A new UK-India PhD Partnering Initiative in the Social Sciences has been launched with funding from the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI), and the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR).

This pilot scheme is designed to generate new partnerships and develop existing links between the ESRC’s Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs) and centres of research excellence in India.

This initiative will support the development of a UK-India community of early career researchers with the skills, links and contacts to operate in the global research environment. This initiative will enable strong, long term, sustainable research collaborations.

Around 50 researchers will be involved in the UK-India exchange programme this initiative supports. The research topics include linguistics, health and wellbeing and history and culture.

ICSSR Chairman Professor Sukhadeo Thorat said, “Experience shows that mobility at the doctorate level works best and offers greatest added value when it operates through existing networks and relationships. There are numerous valuable consequences of successful cross-border research collaboration at the doctoral level. Doctoral researchers benefit in terms of intellectual development, career progression, access to existing and emerging world class facilities and access to comparative research and populations”.

ESRC Chief Executive Professor Paul Boyle said: “The initiative recognises the UK’s desire to be India’s partner of choice especially with regard to the fast developing research infrastructure in India. The historical and cultural links between India and the UK are a strong basis for collaborative research on shared issues. This initiative will create network of UK-India early careers researchers with a desire to work together beyond their PhDs”.

Director, British Council India Rob Lynes, said, “Through UKIERI, we are supporting collaborations that are enabling the best social science researchers in the UK and India to collaborate to tackle global issues and advance the frontiers of knowledge.”

This initiative is part of a growing collaborative research relationship between the UK and India, which has grown from £1 million in 2008 to over £100 million today. The UK-India research partnership has not only grown in terms of research funding but also in scope, addressing key global challenges including food security, climate change, energy, health and economic and social research.

For further information contact:

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AXA 2013 Post Doctoral Fellowship Campaign

The AXA Research Fund is calling for applications for the 2013 Post Doctoral Fellowship Campaign. Post-Doctoral projects must be related to one of the general topics listed below, and should contribute to a better understanding of one of these three clusters of risks.

AXA’s three general clusters of risks are:

Environmental Risks
Climate change, from glacier retreat to sea-level rise.
Natural hazards, from earth hazards to atmospheric and space-weather phenomena.
Human-driven environmental changes such as urban pollution, nanotechnologies or pesticide exposure.

Life Risks
Aging and long-term care, e.g. trends in individual longevity, age-related diseases, population demographics.
Biomedical risks, from the analysis and evolution of infectious diseases and pandemics to exposure to new technologies.
Addictions and risky behaviors, from the perspectives of psychology, biology, medicine, etc.

Socio-economic Risks
Geopolitical risks, e.g. access to natural resources, international and civil conflicts, political upheavals, international security.
Macro-economic and financial systemic risks, i.e. all uncertainties affecting the aggregate behavior of the economy.
Individual and collective behaviors towards uncertainty.
Large corporate risks, from internal corporate governance risks to threats and challenges inherent to the corporate environment.

A few points to note:

  • Candidates must have defended their Ph.D thesis before the beginning of their Post Doctoral grant
  • AXA finance projects from start to finish: projects that are already under way are thus not eligible for funding with the ARF
  • ARF PostDoc grants are not compatible with permanent academic positions
  • While funded by the AXA Research Fund, the Post-Doctoral researcher should not occupy another position and should work full time on the research project selected by the Scientific Board.

For more information please visit:

The University of Glamorgan can only propose one candidate therefore in the first instance you will need to provide an expression of interest (no more than 500 words) on your research proposal and how it supports the AXA criteria. Please email your EOI to Kath Davies by Thursday 28th February 2013

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L’Oreal UK & Ireland Fellowships For Women in Science – 2013 Applications Now Open

Each year, the International Programme recognises the achievements of exceptional female scientists and awards them with fellowships to help further their research. In 2013, four awards of £15,000 each, will be offered to outstanding female post doctoral researchers in the UK & Ireland. Adjudicated by a panel of eminent scientists, the fellowships can be used in any number of ways to enable women scientists to further their careers and facilitate world class research.

In total, since 1998, more than 1,300 women in 106 countries have been recognised for their research and received funding to further their studies. The deadline for applications is Friday 15th March 2013.

For further information and to apply please visit:

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New RCUK briefings highlight the vital role of research in fostering a green economy

Research Councils UK (RCUK) has recently published new research briefings to highlight the pivotal role of UK research in securing a green future.

Three briefings have been published as part of the Fostering a green economy – the vital role of UK research series: Pollution and urban environments; Energy production; and Resource and energy efficiency.

Research funded by the UK Research Councils and the Technology Strategy Board delivers the innovation needed for a green economy. Each briefing contains case studies that highlight the impact and value of multidisciplinary research taking place in the UK. In addition the briefings showcase ground-breaking new technologies and the role of research in informing policy and practice that not only paves the way towards a greener future, but also benefits businesses, government, individuals and the economy.

A further two briefings will be published in early 2013 to complete the series: Water security and Sustainable food production.

To download copies of the Research Briefings please follow the links below.

Pollution and urban environments
The UK’s industrial legacy, its population density and the need for new housing stock means we must be clever: in how we regenerate brownfield sites; in finding better uses and disposal for waste material; and in how we plan multi-functional urban spaces that are based upon low-carbon ideals.

Resource and energy efficiency
The rate at which the world’s population is using the Earth’s resources is unsustainable, and unless we change course, this will continue to increase dramatically. By 2030, it is estimated that even two planets will not be enough1 to sustain our resource and energy consumption.

Energy Production
UK researchers are developing efficient technologies and alternative energy sources, as well as thinking through the land use implications for a future green energy mix. There are multiple drivers for the use of greener energy sources and for securing a more efficient energy system.

For further information please contact Katie Clark – Press and Communications Manager. Tel: 01793 444592

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NEMODE Opportunities

NEMODE Network+ Research Call for Pilot Studies:
Platforms as New Economic Models in the Digital Economy

Applicants are invited to apply for a short-term pilot study funding from the RCUK Digital Economy Theme (DE) NEMODE Network+. It is anticipated that a single pilot study will be selected, to last for no longer than 6 months in duration and is designed to further develop theoretical insights around platforms as new economic models in the Digital Economy.

For more information, please refer to the following link:

Research Call on Platforms

NEMODE Network+ Research Call for Pilot Studies:

Data-driven Economic Models in the Digital Economy

Applicants are invited to apply for a short-term pilot study funding from the RCUK Digital Economy Theme (DE) NEMODE Network+. It is anticipated that a single pilot study will be selected, to last for no longer than 6 months in duration and is designed to further develop theoretical insights around Data-driven new economic models in the Digital Economy.

For more information, please refer to the following link:
Research Call on Data Driven Economic Models

NEMODE Network+ Research Placements Open Call

Research placements proposals

Applicants are invited to apply for funding for research placements from the RCUK Digital Economy Theme (DE) NEMODE Network+.
These placements are targeted at PhD students or junior research fellows eligible for funding under the RCUK scheme and must take place in commercial or government entities in the UK and overseas(e.g. industry, academia, research centres, public bodies, NGOs).

For more information, please refer to the following link:
Open Call for research placements

NEMODE Network+ 3K Open Call

Short-term research proposals

Applicants are invited to apply for a small research funding from the RCUK Digital Economy Theme (DE) NEMODE network. Research proposals must address topics which are relevant to the digital economy (e.g. case studies on DE, new business models, digital marketplaces, value constellations, etc) and will last no longer than 3 months in duration.

For more information, please refer to the following link:
3K Open call

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Science and Security: Linking Social Science, Arts and Humanities to understand the impacts of science and technology on defence and security

As part of the RCUK Global Uncertainties Programme, the ESRC, AHRC and Dstl Futures and Innovation Domain are pleased to announce a new research initiative entitled ‘Science and Security: Linking Social Science, Arts and Humanities to understand the impacts of science and technology on defence and security’.

 RCUK Global Uncertainties Programme will fund research projects and a Research Integrator to develop greater understanding of how developments in science and technology (S&T) will present opportunities and threats to future UK defence and security. The work carried out in response to this call will help enable UK defence and security to better harness possible opportunities and to counter potential threats that may emerge in future.

This initiative is particularly focused on:

  • How the risks to defence and security that emerge from future developments in S&T can be better assessed and addressed
  • The influence of cultural, historical, ethical, economic and societal factors on how S&T is developed and utilised in future to present opportunities and threats for defence and security.

Research grants

£2 million of funding is available for a balanced portfolio of research projects which address one or more of the challenges outlined in the call specification. Additional funding of up to £500,000 is available from AHRC to support cross-disciplinary proposals involving a significant component of high-quality research in the arts and humanities.

Funding of up to £300,000 (100 per cent fEC) will be available for 12-18 months in duration.

Research integrator

Generating impact from research is not simply about dissemination, but about ensuring that research results inform policymaking and practice. Therefore, to achieve this aim  a part time Research Integrator will be appointed, an individual or a small team, to enhance the potential economic and societal impact for this initiative. This would include synthesising the research outputs and enhancing their accessibility, acting as an interface with Dstl and others to encourage the uptake of the research findings and encouraging dialogue between the successful applicants. Funding of up to £150,000 (100 per cent fEC) will be available for 24 month in duration, on a part-time basis.


Deadline for applications: 16.00 UK time on 21 November 2012

Further information can also be found at:

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WISERD 2013 Conference – Call for Papers


The WISERD 2013 Conference will be held on 25-26 June 2013 in the Universityof Glamorgan Conference Centre. We are delighted to be able to confirm that Professor David Martin (Southampton); Professor Lindsay Patterson (Edinburgh); and Professor Laura McAllister (Chair of Sport Wales) have agreed to deliver keynote addresses.

The 2013 conference is the fourth annual WISERD conference, and follows on from three successful conferences, held inCardiff,Swansea andBangorUniversities. WISERD conferences attract colleagues from across the academic, policy, public, private, and third sectors inWales; and have become established as one of the most important events in the social science calendar.

 Getting involved

There are a number of ways of getting involved in the WISERD 2013 Conference. At this stage we are inviting submissions of abstracts for papers and posters. We have both themed and open strands for which submissions are invited. The themed sessions are as follows:

  •  Health & wellbeing

This theme will address aspects of health, wellbeing and social care in the context of rapid social change and economic crisis.  We welcome contributions based on theoretical work and research findings addressing this context.  Examples might include; the impact of the downturn and government cuts on health and wellbeing, public health responses, assets based approaches to community wellbeing, geographic differences of locality and place and comparative work on the organisation and funding of health and social care. 

Keywords: Health Inequalities, community assets, public health, health and social care policy, geographies of health. 

  •  Education

We are inviting papers on education and related areas. This includes all aspects of education – from pre-school years to the post-compulsory phase. We also take a broad definition of education – which includes formal and non-formal learning in the home, school, workplace and broader community.

Keywords: education, inclusion, socialisation, schooling, social mobility

  •  Environment

 This theme invites contributes that examine how environmental practices, policies and politics in Wales are responding to global concerns such as climate change, biodiversity, food and water security and energy security, including the negotiation of local and global environmental interests. Possible topics include, but are not restricted to, work on environmental behaviour change, the politics of renewable energy developments, payments for ecosystem services and efforts to quantify the value of Welsh nature, and development and delivery of Welsh environmental policy, including the Natural Environment Framework. Inter-disciplinary research that combines social science and natural science perspectives is also welcome.

Keywords: Environmental Behaviour, Climate Change, Renewable Energy, Ecosystem Services, Valuing Nature.

  •  Labour markets

We welcome any papers in the area of labour market analysis but would particularly welcome papers with a strong policy focus, making international comparisons or with a focus on the Welsh economy.

Keywords: Work, Unemployment, Earnings, Immigration, Industrial Relations

  •  Innovations in research methods


  • Identity

We invite papers which are informed by concepts of identity, attachment or social belonging across space, time and the life course. The theme is interpreted broadly to include individual, local, institutional, national and transnational identities. It assumes that who we are, and what we belong to, is multifaceted, changing and inconsistent. We particularly welcome papers which consider the interconnections between gender, class, ethnic, occupational, linguistic, religious, political, cultural and other identities. They will either have a focus on Walesor involve appropriate comparison with Wales. Papers may transcend discipline boundaries or engage with debates concerning the emergence of new forms of identification. We particularly welcome reports of empirical research using quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods.
Keywords: Identity, belonging, intersection, nation, Wales, Welsh

 In terms of open sessions, the programme for the conference is intended to reflect the research interests and priorities of the social science and policy sectors within Wales, the UK and internationally. As such, all topics will be considered for inclusion within the conference programme.

 Requirements for participation

WISERD will accept proposals from both academic and non-academic colleagues. An abstract is required for everyone presenting a paper or poster presentation.


All participants, except non-attending co-authors, must book onto the conference, paying the appropriate participation fee, within the early booking period (before 4th May 2013). .


Proposals for papers; sessions; workshops; roundtables and posters should take the form of an abstract of no more than 500 words in total. To submit an abstract, please fill in the attached proforma.

 PhD Student Competition

WISERD, in collaboration with the Wales Doctoral Training Centre, will be awarding prizes to postgraduate students in the following categories:

  • Best poster
  • Best Paper

All papers and posters submitted by postgraduate students will be automatically entered into the competition. If you do not wish your paper/poster to be entered, please note this in the ‘additional information’ section of the abstract proforma.

How to submit a proposal

The deadline for abstracts is 14 December 2012.

 Your proposal should be sent to:

 All submissions will be considered by the WISERD conference planning group and presenters will be informed of their decision by 25 January 2013.

If you have any questions regarding the conference, please contact the WISERD hub team at the email address above, or telephone 029 208 79338.

Booking for the conference opens on 1 March 2013 with early bird rates applying until 4 May 2013. Further information about the conference and how to book is available from the WISERD website at Please note: In order to speak at this event you will also need to register as a delegate in the normal way.

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