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Academic Fellows 2020


Professor Diana Stirbu (London Metropolitan University) is assessing the effectiveness of Senedd committees, using the Theory of Change and co‑design methods to develop the framework.  Through a series of contextual research, in depth qualitative interviews and co-design workshops with the main stakeholders (politicians and officials primarily), she is developing a Theory of Change framework that can be customised for each committee, but which contains common measures of effectiveness and methods of assessing them.  The purpose of her fellowship is to elicit a shared understanding of the context in which the committees operate, of their raison d’etre and of the impact they want to achieve across multiple dimensions.  It builds on her previous work done together with Professor Laura McAllister (Cardiff University) that investigated the scrutiny capacity of committees, their role in absorbing constitutional change or shaping parliamentary activity, as well as their public engagement role.



Professor Paul Carr (University of South Wales) is producing a report that will contextualise the Welsh Music Industries in a post Covid-19 world, as well as reviewing the public and private sector initiatives available to Welsh music industry stakeholders. After outlining the impacts of the various routes the Welsh music industries has available to it coming out of lockdown, his report will consider what Wales can learn from the ways in which other nations around the world have supported their music industries, in addition to outlining a series of recommendations.



Exploring geographical patterns in the changing landscape of financial services provision in Wales

Dr Mitchel Langford (University of South Wales) will examine potential impacts of on-going changes to financial services provision on local communities across Wales. Following on from the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee's recent inquiry into Access to Banking in Wales, this fellowship will utilise sophisticated spatial analysis techniques to report on current and recent changes in geographical accessibility to financial services. This will result in an evaluation of which areas and their occupants are potentially most impacted by any future changes to the physical banking infrastructure.

Key objectives include informing Members of the Senedd about:

  • current geographical patterns in levels of access to in-branch banking and ATM facilities across Wales; and,

  • the potential impacts of recent and future reductions in service provision on local communities.



Academic Fellows 2019 


Dr Sarah Nason (Bangor University) will examine, and make recommendations to enhance, the Senedd's role in scrutinising the developing Welsh system of administrative justice.  This system is made up of various different bodies (including tribunals, complaint handlers, commissioners, courts and more), it is concerned with the laws surrounding public body decision-making, the resolution of disputes between individuals and public bodies, and how these can be learnt from to improve public services provision.

The four objectives of the fellowship are to:

  • improve awareness of administrative justice and its connection to the constituency work of Members of the Senedd
  • research and report on options for ensuring greater accountability of administrative justice institutions to the Senedd
  • research and report on how a consistent approach can be taken to matters of administrative justice in Senedd legislation
  • examine connections between administrative justice principles and human rights in Wales informing discussions around a developing Welsh human rights law and Senedd oversight of human rights issues.

Dr Nason's blog article Ensuring Fair and Lawful Administration in Wales: the Role of Administrative Justice was published in October 2019. 



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