New research to look at impact of reduced public services on communities and individuals

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The Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) has launched its next phase of civic society research, with USW's Prof Gary Higgs and Dr Mitch Langford taking the lead on the theme of polarisation, austerity and civic deficit. 

Professor Gary Higgs, said: “Our next phase of research for WISERD will be looking inequalities that result from the predicted diminution of public and private services within communities and the implications this has for social well-being. 

"This will build on previous research conducted within the Geographic Information System (GIS) Research Centre at the University that has used innovative modelling tools to investigate changes in geographical accessibility in those areas which have lost services such as post offices, libraries, health services and banking facilities, and how this contributes to changing patterns of inequality.”

USW is a partner in The Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD), a national, interdisciplinary, social science research institute, designated by the Welsh Government as a national research centre. 

Professor Higgs will continue to be the lead on WISERDs Training and Capacity Building (TCB) programme but also be involved in the organisation of national training events for the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM), a partner centre of WISERD.



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