School of Social Sciences,
Cardiff University,
12 Museum Place,
Cardiff, CF10 3BG

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Who we are and what we do

Cardiff Institute of Society, Health and Wellbeing (CISHeW) is a new research institute within Cardiff School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University.  Building upon a legacy of methodologically innovative multi-disciplinary research, we are developing adventurous methods for engagement and partnership in the social sciences, arts, humanities and community development. Our projects focus on social action, policy dialogue, the dynamic nature of health and wellbeing, and social justice. We often take a collaborative approach to our research, working alongside civil society groups and community members, service providers, artists and policy makers.



- Director, Professor Gareth Williams

Lecturer, Dr Eva Elliott

Research Associate, Ellie Byrne

Editorial Assistant and PA to Prof Gareth Williams, Sarah David,,
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Administrator, Mel Evans

Associate Director, Professor Ian Rees Jones (Director of WISERD)



Projects and Activities

Representing Communitiesis a three-year project running from July 2013 – June 2016 and which aims to establish how community representations produced through creative arts practices (e.g. story-telling, performance, visual art) can be used as forms of evidence to inform health-related policy and service development. Cardiff University is the lead institution, and Professor Gareth Williams the Principal Investigator, collaborating with academics from Leeds University, Glasgow Centre for Population Health, University of South Wales, Birmingham University and the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Productive Margins is a five-year project running from April 2013 – March 2018 which will be connecting communities in Bristol and South Wales to co-produce new forms of engagement in decision-making across politics, policy and the arts. The project is a collaboration between research teams in the University of Bristol and Cardiff University, led by Professor Morag McDermont at Bristol, with expertise in law, arts, humanities and the social sciences, and community organisations and social enterprises in Bristol and post-industrial South Wales.

CISHeW houses the journal Sociology of Health and Illness, edited by Gareth Williams (Editor-in-Chief), Sarah David (Editorial Administrator), Davina Allen, Eva Elliott, David Hughes (Swansea University), Joanna Latimer and Ian Rees Jones. The journal is an international journal which publishes sociological articles on all aspects of health, illness, medicine and health care.

The Wales Health Impact Assessment Support Unit (WHIASU) is a partnership between 
CISHeW and Public Health Wales. Directed by Eva Elliott, WHIASU provides advice, guidance and support through the provision of awareness raising presentations, training sessions, facilitation of rapid appraisals and support for other ongoing Health Impact Assessments.

Through Ian Rees Jones (see below) CISHeW will also operate as the health, social care and wellbeing component of WISERD, working closely with staff in developing shared research projects and programmes.

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