Research Associate
Cardiff University

My research interests include homelessness, housing, sexuality, and digital technologies. I work with large complex administrative data sets, with a particular focus on the intersection of experiences of homelessness and other aspects of a person’s life, for example their health and education. Through my current research and engagement activities I am contributing to the design of several new forms of data collection about people who are homeless, including rough sleeper data collection and monitoring platforms in both Wales and Scotland, and a new individual-level data collection about people receiving assistance with homelessness from local authorities in Wales.

I have acted as the lead quantitative investigator, and contributed to the design of funded projects within the School of Planning and Geography, Cardiff University, and in collaboration with WISERD. These research engagements have expanded my knowledge and expertise in the use of administrative and survey data. In addition to an extensive quantitative background, I have also designed and implemented qualitative studies, including; my PhD thesis, which used visualisation software (Gephi and NodeXL) and Social Network Analysis to conduct a digital ethnography, and also a pilot study into the use of mobile phone applications to generate multi-modal data with young people.

Alongside this active engagement in research I have a strong teaching profile, having taught quantitative methods at M-level as part of the MSc Social Science Research Methods module, as well as Introduction to Social and Public Policy at Undergraduate Level, both at Cardiff University.

In 2016 I completed an ESRC funded PhD at Cardiff University’s School of Social Sciences, in which I explored the digital sexual practices of men who have sex with men, i.e., sex seeking online and self-produced pornography. In my thesis I drew on Deleuze and Guattari and Actor Network Theory, in order to analyse ‘the digital’ from a post-humanist perspective.

ADR Wales
Administrative Data Research UK The ESRC, as part of UKRI, are funding an important new investment in research infrastructure to maximise the potential of administrative data as a resource for high-quality research in the UK – Administrative Data Research UK (ADR UK). ADR UK
Research Team:
Rhys Davies (Cardiff University), Katy Huxley (Cardiff University), Ian Thomas (Cardiff University), Sonia De Saxe (Cardiff University)
Administrative Data Research Centre Wales (ADRC)
About the Centre The main aim of ADRC WALES was to create a world-class administrative data research centre, known for its ability to access, link and make safe use of data for high quality research. Our work was underpinned by a robust Governance framework. ADRC Wales
Research Team:
Rhys Davies (Cardiff University), Katy Huxley (Cardiff University), Dora Pouliou, Ian Thomas (Cardiff University), Ian Rees Jones (Cardiff University), Chris Taylor (Cardiff University), Peter Mackie (Cardiff University), Scott Orford (Cardiff University), David Blackaby (Swansea University), Foteini Tseliou (Cardiff University)
Young People and Housing: Identifying Policy Challenges and Solutions for 2020
Funding: £119,000 The project was centred on young people and housing and had the following aims; to determine the profile of the housing system in 2020 to ascertain young people’s housing aspirations and how they fit with the current housing system and the system likely to
Research Team:
Scott Orford (Cardiff University), Peter Mackie (Cardiff University), Ian Thomas (Cardiff University), David Clapham, Kelly Buckley
Journal Articles
The Housing Pathways of Young People in the UK
The authors examine the housing pathways of young people in the UK in the years 1999 to 2008, and consider the changing nature of these pathways in the run up to 2020. They employ a highly innovative methodology, which begins with the identification and description of key...
January 2014
Cardiff Lunchtime Seminar Designing a new homelessness data system for Wales
5th March 2019 |
Presented by Ian Thomas , Cardiff University . This seminar is part of the Cardiff WISERD Lunchtime Seminar series. If you are an external guest, please contact us (029 2087 9338) to confirm availability of places. For further information please...
Workshop Revolutionising homelessness data collection in Wales
11th October 2018 |
An Administrative Data Research Centre Wales (ADRC-W) workshop Homelessness remains a vitally important social and political priority in Wales, as evidenced by the recent National Assembly for Wales inquiry into rough sleeping and the introduction of...