Wales Governance Centre

The Wales Governance Centre (WGC) (Welsh: Canolfan Llywodraethiant Cymru) is a research centre and think-tank based Cardiff, Wales, which specialises in research into the law, politics, government and political economy of Wales, as well the wider territorial governance of the UK and Europe.[1] It was established shortly after the 1997 Welsh devolution referendum, and was founded by Barry Jones in 1999. Its current director is Professor Richard Wyn Jones, and it is a part of Cardiff University.

Wales Governance Centre
Canolfan Llywodraethiant Cymru
Formation1999; 22 years ago (1999)
FounderBarry Jones (director until 2014)
Founded atCardiff, Wales
Legal statusAcademic institution
PurposeUndertaking research into the law, government, politics & public finances of Wales
Region served
Official language
English and Welsh
Richard Wyn Jones (since 2009)
Parent organization
Cardiff University
AffiliationsEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)


The Centre was established following the 1997 Welsh devolution referendum and during the debate about implementing the programme of devolution in Wales.

The Centre produces the nationally reported coverage of Welsh politics of the Elections in Wales Etholiadau yng Nghymru blog written by Professor Roger Awan-Scully.[2]

In 2019 it established a new branch, the Wales Fiscal Analysis, to focus on "authoritative and independent research" into the public finances, taxation and public expenditures of Wales.[3]


The WGC funded by Cardiff University through Research Councils UK and the European Research Council.

The Centre has worked with a number of other organisations on jointly funded projects including the Public Policy Institute for Wales,[4] the Institute of Welsh Affairs,[4] the Welsh Centre for International Affairs, UK in a Changing Europe, University College London, the Electoral Reform Society Cymru,[4] the Rowntree Charitable Trust[4] and the Nuffield Foundation.[4]

Notable peopleEdit

A number of academics from across Wales are currently, or have previously been involved with the Institute.



See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Reshaping the Senedd". Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Latest news". Cardiff University. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  3. ^ ""Cut to the bone?" Wales Governance Centre releases report into impact of austerity on Welsh councils". Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e Wyn Jones, Richard (8 October 2013). "Size Matters: Making the National Assembly more effective" (PDF). Electoral Society Cymru. Retrieved 10 September 2019.

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