Welcome to Thinking Wales, showcasing current research, comments and analysis on Welsh politics and policy from postgraduate researchers at the Wales Governance Centre.
The centre and Cardiff University have a thriving community of postgraduate researchers who each have something unique to say on Welsh politics and policy. The range of research interests of the contributors are very varied meaning a wide array of topics being discussed. We want to give the opportunity to young academics and researchers to showcase their talent and give them a space to provide commentary and analysis on key issues concerning Welsh and sometimes British politics.
Nye Davies (Editor)
Nye is a PhD student at the school of Law and Politics at Cardiff University and is a member of the Wales Governance Centre. He is conducting research into Aneurin Bevan’s political thought and ideas, attempting to establish the extent to which he had a coherent political strategy and philosophy. The research aims to explore Bevan’s ideas in the context of Labour Party political thought and his legacy in contemporary British politics. Nye’s interests include the Labour Party in Wales, the impact of devolution on the party, and the study of political thought.
DaviesN30@cardiff.ac.uk | Nye tweets at @Nye_Davies
Steffan Evans (Co-editor)
Steffan is a PhD student at the School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University and is a member of the Wales Governance Centre. Steffan’s primary research interest include devolution, public law and housing. His PhD is funded through a collaborative doctoral award between the AHRC and Blake Morgan LLP, and examines the development of divergence in social housing regulation between Wales and England.
EvansSH1@cardiff.ac.uk | Steffan tweets at @SteffHEvans
Aled Morgan Hughes (Co-editor)
Funded by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, Aled is a PhD student at the School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University and is a member of the Wales Governance Centre. His research focuses primarily on political leaders within the devolved institutions of Scotland and Wales. Concentrating on both devolved Labour and Conservative parties, Aled seeks to interpret the roles of the party leaders structurally and electorally within their parties, looking at their relationship with their national-level leaders, whilst also considering wider theories of political leadership, such as political ‘Presidentialization’. Beyond his research area, Aled’s main academic interest include elections, nationalism, and 20th Century British Politics.
HughesAM9@cardiff.ac.uk | Aled tweets at @AledMorganH
Jac Larner (Co-editor)
Jac is a current PhD student in Political Science at Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre. His thesis focuses on voting behaviour at elections to the National Assembly for Wales. Prior to this he studied for a MSc ECON Politics and Public Policy at Cardiff, and a BA Politics at the University of Essex. His research interests include elections and voting behaviour, opinion polling and survey experiments, and using big data to measure shifts in public opinion.
LarnerJM@cardiff.ac.uk | Jac tweets at @Jaclarner