JULY 2020: WISERD 2020 Annual Conference
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When: Tuesday, July 7, 2020

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WISERD 2020 Annual Conference

Call for Papers


WISERD is pleased to announce that its eleventh Annual Conference will take place on 7-8th July at Cardiff University.  The WISERD conference has become a key event within the social science calendar, showcasing the breadth and diversity of research in Wales.  The conference provides the opportunity for colleagues from different sectors to share, discuss and support social science research within Wales and beyond.   


Conference Themes

The theme for our Annual Conference is Evidence, policy and the crisis in expertise’.  We are interested in proposals for papers that can influence the development of policy and practice across a range of sectors during these unpredictable times.  Proposals can address theoretical work, methodological developments and policy issues; as well as substantive research. WISERD promotes inter-disciplinarity and we welcome contributions from the fields of economics, sociology, geography and political science. WISERD is also keen to encourage the participation of non-academic stakeholders and we therefore particularly welcome proposals from researchers working within other sectors.


This year we would like to invite proposals for paper presentations, symposia, workshop sessions, panel discussions or posters which address the following research themes:

·         Civil Society

Proposals that address civil society in a broad sense and in particular, proposals that address changing patterns of civil society at local levels in the UK and internationally, the organisation and governance of civil society, participation within different spheres of civil society and the contribution of civil society in Wales and beyond. 

·         Education 

Proposals that address educational research and in particular, papers that examine transitions into and through the compulsory education system, transitions to post-compulsory education, the cognitive development of children, inequalities in educational outcomes and the evaluation of policy interventions. 

·         Politics and Governance

During a period of unprecedented levels of political uncertainty, we welcome papers that address issues around politics and policy making within Wales, the UK and beyond.  We are seeking papers which examine issues around devolution in the UK; policy formation; political trust and engagement; and the formation of political beliefs.  

·         Health and Wellbeing

We welcome proposals that address research on health and wellbeing, and in particular, papers that address the connections and interactions between these and other areas.  Topics can be far-ranging and could include health and exercise; social care; the role of social networks and cultural participation; housing and the influence of environmental factors.

·         Labour Markets and Work

We welcome papers from all areas of social science that contribute to our understanding of labour markets and the lives of those employed within them.  Topics could include inequalities in employment outcomes, labour market segregation, casualization and precarious employment, the representation of workers and the evaluation of labour market interventions. 


As in previous years, there will also a be a series of Open Sessions reflecting the broader research interests and priorities of the social science and policy sectors within Wales, the UK and internationally. These will consist of collections of papers in the same thematic or methodological area. Potential convenors for symposium sessions are encouraged to collate abstracts for proposed sessions prior to submission for consideration.


PhD Student Poster Competition

WISERD will be awarding prizes to postgraduate students who present posters. All 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.



Submission guidelines


1.    Abstracts must be submitted by using the Abstract Proforma

  1. Each abstract proposal or idea should be submitted separately.
  2. Proposals may be submitted in English or Welsh.
  3. All submissions will be reviewed by the WISERD Reviewing Committee. Their role is to ensure the development of a balanced programme of sessions which is based on relevance, demand, professional development need and timing. It may not be possible to include all proposals and ideas, but we thank everyone in advance for their efforts and interest in supporting the 2020 WISERD Conference.
  4. Notifications of acceptance will be issued in March 2020 and once the programme has been finalised, contributors will be given confirmation of the date and time of their session. Successful speakers will be asked to submit their detailed session materials during the spring.
  5. There is a possibility that successful speakers may be asked to present in a different format.
  6. If you are accepted as a speaker you will need to register as a delegate in the normal way and to book during the early bird booking period 23 March – 15 May 2020.


The deadline for abstract submission is 5pm on Monday 2nd March 2020.


Please submit your abstracts to WISERDAnnualConference@cardiff.ac.uk


We look forward to receiving your paper and to an exciting conference in 2020.


Kind regards,


WISERD Conference Team 

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