Civil Society

WISERD Civil Society research theme.

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Why do we volunteer?

Posted on 21 February 2017 by WISERD

Hannah Blake is a PhD student at Cardiff University and recently contributed to the WISERD Cardiff lunchtime seminar series with a presentation on her master’s degree research into volunteer accounts of participation. Research in the volunteering phenomena is increasing. Having been a volunteer for six years, the decision to undertake my own research in this
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Young people and Brexit: one year on

Posted on 14 February 2017 by WISERD

The decision to leave the European Union on 23rd June 2016 was potentially the most dramatic ever taken by the British electorate. Not only did it fly in the face of the expectations of the majority of the media, opinion pollsters and politicians (both in the UK and Europe), but it has come to dominate
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Biography as we know it

Posted on 30 January 2017 by WISERD

Dr Marta Eichsteller reflects on the challenges of biographical narratives in ethnographic research on civil society. Doing biographical narrative research as part of an ethnographic project is becoming established research practice. The method’s place in social research is to give context and meaning to what can be observed in the field and establish historical background
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A neoliberal inconvenience

Posted on 30 November 2016 by WISERD

As part of my ethnographic research on the WISERD Civil Society project examining participation over place and time, I’ve spent the last year or so visiting two north east Wales villages, where I’ve been interviewing local residents and surveying neighbourhoods. The location of each research site is about an hour away from my house and
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WISERD Civil Society: Social Media Research Series

Posted on 19 September 2016 by WISERD

Introduction to the Social Media Research Series Welcome to a new blog series here at WISERD, dedicated to exploring some of the key issues with using social media for social research.  This was initially conceived as a chance to outline some of the various tools that exist for collecting and analysing social media data.  However,
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WISERD Civil Society: Community-level social capital and the provision of public services; the need for a stronger evidence base

Posted on 3 June 2016 by WISERD

WISERD Civil Society WP3.2: Implications of Spatial & Temporal Variation in Service Provision for Inequalities in Social Outcomes This work package will undertake a comprehensive review of the literature on social capital with a particular focus on community level measures at a range of spatial scales. The ultimate aim is to critically assess the suitability of existing secondary
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A radical agenda for social innovation

Posted on 24 May 2016 by WISERD

WISERD/CRESC Civil Society Colloquium 18th and 19th May 2016, Cardiff As part of the WISERD Civil Society programme, WISERD and CRESC jointly organised an international colloquium on 18th and 19th May at Cardiff University for academics, policy makers and civil society organisations involved in Social Innovation (SI) initiatives. As an international event the colloquium was
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Letters from Barcelona: A Conference Report

Posted on 28 April 2016 by WISERD

The 20th-23rd April marked the 7th Biennial Surveillance and Society Conference, held for the second time running in Barcelona, courtesy of Eticas Research & Consulting. Coming from a background in surveillance studies, these conferences are something of a pilgrimage for me.  There is a thriving and international research community concerned with surveillance in all its
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Making the Case for the Social Sciences

Posted on 22 December 2015 by WISERD

Telling stories has always been a good way to grab people’s attention and get them to understand what is important, but it’s not something that academic researchers are very accustomed to doing – after all, is it not a normal part of their training. However, carefully worded and nuanced academic reports – however precise and
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