About us

The Wales Governance Centre is based in the historic Pierhead building, next to the Welsh seat of government, the Senedd
The Wales Governance Centre is based in the historic Pierhead building next to the seat of Welsh government, the Senedd

The Wales Governance Centre is a research unit at Cardiff University. It is based on a partnership between the Department of Politics and International Relations, and Cardiff Law School.

The Centre was established in 1999 in response to the creation of the National Assembly for Wales and its related devolved institutions in order to fully engage with the new system of devolved government. During the Centre’s first ten years, it held a number of events and contributed to research on devolved Wales. In 2009 Cardiff University renewed its commitment to the Centre through the appointment of current Centre Director, Professor Richard Wyn Jones, who was appointed to rejuvenate and further develop the work of the Centre.

With the support and commitment of Cardiff University and the vision of Professor Wyn Jones, the Wales Governance Centre has now grown to conduct a range of research, events and projects in political, constitutional and policy themes in Wales. The Centre supports directly registered PhD students, has an MSc programme available for full-time or part-time study, and regularly hosts visiting students and scholars from UK, European and International institutions.

Most recently, a partnership agreement between the Wales Governance Centre and the National Assembly for Wales has seen the Centre re-locate to offices in the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay. Our residence in this iconic building was agreed with the aim of increasing public engagement and participation in active democracy. This partnership enables us to provide a varied programme of events and activities for public and civil society organisations, and provides a stimulating environment in which participation and debate are encouraged and facilitated.