Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th June 2013
University of South Wales
Wales' largest social science conference took 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 was the fourth annual WISERD conference, and follows on from three successful conferences, held in Cardiff, Swansea and Bangor Universities. Bringing practitioners, policy makers and social scientists together, WISERD conferences have become established as one of the most important events in the social science calendar.
The ONS’s Measuring National Well-being programme and developments by the Welsh Government are exemplars in going ‘beyond GDP’. However, measuring things differently is not enough: new measures will have to be used in government, business and everyday life.
In recent years there has been an increase in the use of both experimental and realist methods in UK social research. This event is a debate between two prominent realist social researchers on the appropriateness and value of experimental methods.
This event will aim to cover both the conceptual and empirical approaches to measuring well-being.
The nature of local democracy and the role of local government are changing. Having set a summer deadline for a map on local government reform, the Minister for Public Services, Leighton Andrews AM, will open the event and present the Welsh Government’s long term vision for local councils in Wales.