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Prof. Gareth Rees

ProfGarethRees.JPGRole: Research Professor, WISERD Director 2010 - 2013

Institution: WISERD Hub, Cardiff University



Gareth is a Research Professor at WISERD and in the Cardiff School of Social Sciences. He was Director of WISERD from 2010 until 2013.

He was an undergraduate (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) and postgraduate (sociology of education) student at Jesus College, Oxford. He has spent the bulk of his subsequent academic career at Cardiff University. He has also held a number of visiting positions, notably at the University of New South Wales in Sydney and at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He has held a number of senior managerial roles at Cardiff, including being Head of the School of Education, Deputy Director of the School of Social Sciences, Acting Director of the School of Social Sciences and Director of the University Research and Graduate School in the Social Sciences. Most recently, he led the successful bid by Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Bangor and Swansea Universities for an ESRC Doctoral Training Centre. He was a member of the Education Sub-Panel for the 2008 RAE; and of the ESRC’s Research Grants Board and then chair of a Grants Assessment Panel. In addition to his academic research, he has been an adviser to a number of governmental bodies, including the OECD, the European Commission, UK government departments, the Welsh Government and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales. He is a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.

Research Interests

Gareth’s research interests include:

  • The social impacts of higher education;
  • Lifelong learning and the Learning Society;
  • Vocational education and training and economic development;
  • The governance of education policy;
  • Research-capacity building in the social sciences.

Current Research

Gareth’s current research is on:

  • Higher education and civil society;
  • Widening access to higher education;
  • Localities, participation in higher education and social and spatial mobilities;
  • The impacts of devolution on the outcomes of educational policy;
  • Expertise, research and education policy.

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