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: wiserd.events@cardiff.ac.uk.

 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 www.wiserd.ac.uk. 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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