ADRC Wales Research Support Officers
Cardiff University

My role is to work on activities that contribute to the running of a high quality user support service for the Administrative Data Research Centre Wales (ADRC Wales), ensuring that the analytical opportunities provided by the centre are accessible to the social science research community. I work with large complex datasets to develop and enhance sources on behalf of the research community, assess and plan support for researchers, and contribute to the research activity of ADRC 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 study conducted with funding from WISERD exploring 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.


Administrative Data Research Centre Wales (ADRC)
About the Centre The main aim of ADRC WALES is to create a world-class administrative data research centre, that is widely known for its ability to access, link and make safe use of data for high quality research. Our work will be underpinned by a robust Governance framework
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)
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