Professor Rees to Lead Institute of Social and Economic Research

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THE Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Method (WISERD) has appointed a new director. Based at Cardiff University, Professor Gareth Rees will lead the institute which aims to strengthen social science research acrossWales through cooperation, joint projects and associated links with other centres.

WISERD is a new initiative that brings together researchers from Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Bangor, Glamorgan and Swansea Universities.

It is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and the UK Economic and Social Research Council.

Prof Rees said: "I look forward to building on the success of WISERD. Our researchers have internationally recognised expertise in methods of recording and analysing economic and social changes and the experiences of everyday life.

"They have been centrally involved in developing new ways of mapping Wales and the lives of its people. They will play a vital role in the coming years, informing policy makers and practitioners as Wales enters a further period of change and uncertainty."

Prof Rees is known for his research on education and regional economic development, especially in relation to participation in lifelong learning. …