Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods
Sefydliad Ymchwil Gymdeithasol ac Economaidd, Data a Dulliau Cymru

Research Support Team

The Administrative Data Research Centre Wales (ARDC Wales), led by Professor David Ford at Swansea University is one of four UK Centres alongside England, Northern Ireland and Scotland operating within the ADRN (Administrative Data Research Network). ADRC Wales is based at both Swansea University and WISERD at Cardiff University.

The ADRN and its centres have been established to provide a safe, secure and transparent data linkage service for accredited, approved research in the UK with the aim of helping the UK towards ‘Better Knowledge for a Better Society’.  We welcome applications from researchers from academia and government departments, as well as third sector organisations that are eligible for Research Councils UK funding

If you have an idea for a project using administrative data, and think you are eligible, please feel free to discuss this with a member of our Research Support team below.


The ADRC Wales Research Support Team:

Research Fellow / Associate Director, Administrative Data Research Centre Wales

Rhys DaviesRhys is based at Cardiff University and has overall responsibility for managing the Research Support function of ADRC-Wales.  As an applied labour economist, he has undertaken a variety of research projects examining a variety of issues related to employment and the labour market.  This research has been based on large scale primary data collection, as well as conducting analysis on secondary and administrative data sources. His research interests include occupational health and safety; gender differentials in labour market outcomes; the evaluation of labour market interventions and trade union membership.


Phone: +44 (0) 29208 70328


Research Support Officers

ADRC-W currently has four Research Support Officers listed below who are responsible for providing a user support service at ADRC-Wales, ensuring that analytical opportunities provided by the centre are accessible to the community of researchers from across social science disciplines.

Jo Davies - Jo is based at Swansea University and has over five years’ experience of working with administrative data, including both small and large scale data sets.  Having previously worked for the NHS, Jo has primarily worked with health data and has undertaken a variety of research projects relating to health outcomes through the use of hospital statistics, GP data and mortality records. Jo also has research interests in the area of policing and criminal justice, which includes perceptions of crime, reoffending rates and tackling high priority policing issues through the use of linked administrative data.


Phone: +44 (0)1792 606945


Katy HuxleyKaty is based at Cardiff University and is a quantitative social researcher. Her specialist interests include industrial relations and trade unionism, education and skill development, work organisation (public and private sectors) and human resource management. Her key responsibilities within the centre are focused on education, skills and employment projects.


Phone: + 44 (0) 29208 79690


Dora Pouliou - Dora is based at Swansea University. Her research is interdisciplinary and she has been involved in a number of projects, applying theories and methods spanning social sciences, epidemiology and public health. These research engagements have expanded her knowledge and expertise in conducting analysis on secondary and administrative data sources. Dora is a health geographer with an interest in the determinants of health and a particular focus on the influence of the neighbourhood social and physical environments. More broadly, her research interests include, social inequities in health, obesity, physical (in)-activity, educational attainment and mental health.


Phone: +44 (0)1792 606133


Ian ThomasIan's research has a particular emphasis on social policy and third sector research. He has experience of working with complex data (administrative/secondary) relating to post-16 education and housing/homelessness. His research interests include quantitative methods; housing and homelessness; sexuality and sex education; childhood studies; digital methods and research ethics; post-humanism.


Phone: + 44 (0) 29208 79690


To find out more about ADRC Wales, its fellow UK Centres and the Administrative Data Research Network visit