Research Fellow, Associate Director of ADRC-Wales
Cardiff University

As an applied quantitative researcher, I have 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.  As Associate Director of the Wales Administrative Data Research Centre, I am responsible for managing the User Support function of ADRC-Wales. 

Prior to joining WISERD, I worked at the Institute for Employment Research at Warwick University (1999-2006) and the Office for National Statistics (2006-09). 

Unlocking the potential of the Welsh Local Labour Force Survey: an investigation into labour market transitions in Wales
The project aimed to highlight the potential value of an important but currently underutilised dataset, the Welsh Local Labour Force Survey (WLLFS). The main aim was to provide new evidence relating to labour market transitions in Wales. In terms of the analysis we propose
Research Team:
Rhys Davies (Cardiff University), Stephen Drinkwater (University of Roehampton), David Blackaby (Swansea University), Melanie Jones (Cardiff University), Philip Murphy (Swansea University)
ESF Leavers Survey
The aim of the European Social Fund (ESF) Leavers' Survey was to assist in assessing the effectiveness of the 2007-2013 ESF Convergence and Competitiveness Programmes in Wales. The two ESF Operational Programmes (referred to as the Convergence and Competitiveness Programmes)
Research Team:
Rhys Davies (Cardiff University), Max Munday, Gerald Makepeace, Gareth Williams, Mark Winterbotham
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)
ERDF Business Survey
Overview In partnership with Old Bell 3 Ltd and IFF Research, WISERD undertook a survey of ERDF assisted businesses under the Convergence and Competitiveness Programmes for WEFO. The survey findings supplement existing Programme monitoring data to assess the effectiveness of
Research Team:
Rhys Davies (Cardiff University), Mark Winterbotham, Max Munday
Welsh Government Fellowship
Overview The UK Strategy for Data Resources for Social and Economic Research (referred to as the National Data Strategy – NDS) sought to identify, prioritise and assist in the development of and access to research data. It provided a strategy for how different organisations
Research Team:
Rhys Davies (Cardiff University)
Trade unions and social media
This project is currently considering the potential value of an analysis of virtual patterns of trade union organisation and mobilisation and specifically the contribution of social media to the rescaling of trade unionism. This includes both: the virtual linkages of the
Research Team:
Wil Chivers (Cardiff University), Helen Blakely (Cardiff University), Steve Davies (Cardiff University), Rhys Davies (Cardiff University), Huw Beynon (Cardiff University)
Trade Union Membership, Associational Life and Wellbeing
Overview This project builds on previous WISERD research into geographical variations in trade union membership in Wales. (Beynon, Davies and Davies, 2012). The research programme derives from this analysis, which suggested that in South Wales collective understandings,
Research Team:
Rhys Davies (Cardiff University), Huw Beynon (Cardiff University), Helen Blakely (Cardiff University), Alex Bryson (Department of Social Science, UCL), Steve Davies (Cardiff University)
Impact and Effectiveness of Widening Access to Higher Education
The overall aim of the proposed research was to demonstrate the effectiveness of the secondary analysis of administrative data-sets to delineate patterns of participation in higher education (HE) and, thereby, to contribute to the development of policy and professional
Research Team:
Gareth Rees (Cardiff University), Chris Taylor (Cardiff University), Rhys Davies (Cardiff University), Stephen Drinkwater (University of Roehampton), Ceryn Evans (Cardiff University), Caroline Wright
Knowing Localities: Responses to Redundancy at AA
Overview This project was concerned with the impact on workers, their families and neighbourhoods of the closure of the Anglesey Aluminium (AA) smelter in September 2009, formerly one of the major employers in the Holyhead area. Previous studies of the impact of factory
Research Team:
Alexandra Plows (Bangor University), Howard Davis (Bangor University), Rhys Davies (Cardiff University)
An Anatomy of Economic Inequality in Wales
The National Equality Panel’s report An Anatomy of Economic Inequality in the UK provided a milestone in our understanding of relationships between people’s characteristics and their financial position. Through detailed analysis of complex datasets, some newly available, it
Research Team:
Rhys Davies (Cardiff University), Stephen Drinkwater (University of Roehampton), Caroline Joll, Melanie Jones (Cardiff University), Huw Lloyd-Williams, Gerald Makepeace, Mamata Parhi (Swansea University), Alison Parken, Catherine Robinson (University of Kent), Chris Taylor (Cardiff University), Victoria Wass
Quality of Life in Ethnic Neighbourhoods in Europe
The research was concerned with examining the degree of integration of people for whom their national origins or those of their parents lies in a country outside the European Union. The justification for studying the living conditions of neighbourhoods in which there is a
Research Team:
Rhys Davies (Cardiff University), Eric Harrison, David Owen
Welsh Graduate Migration
Overview The existence of a ‘brain drain’ of graduate labour from Wales has long been a focus of debate (for example, Drinkwater and Blackaby, 2004, c.f. Fevre, 2004). Welsh and English higher education and labour markets are interconnected (for example, Rees and Taylor,
Research Team:
Gillian Bristow, Madeleine Pill, Rhys Davies (Cardiff University), Stephen Drinkwater (University of Roehampton)
In Work Poverty in the East Midlands
Overview The key aim of this project, funded by emda (the East Midlands Development Agency), was to provide a detailed assessment of the issue of in-work poverty in the East Midlands and its implications for regional economic performance. The project provided: a systematic
Research Team:
Rhys Davies (Cardiff University)
Skills and Employment Survey
Overview WISERD funded a boost to the Skills and Employment Survey to be carried out across Britain in 2012. The overarching aim of the survey was to collect data on skills and employment experiences of those working in Britain in 2012, making it a key and distinctive
Research Team:
Alan Felstead, Rhys Davies (Cardiff University)
Evaluation of the Pupil Deprivation Grant
Overview The Pupil Deprivation Grant was introduced in 2012-13 and provides schools with additional resource to raise levels of achievement of a particular group of economically disadvantaged learners. This two-year evaluation looked at how schools have used this new grant
Research Team:
Rhys Davies (Cardiff University), Gareth Rees (Cardiff University), Sally Power (Cardiff University), Samuel Waldron, Mirain Rhys (Cardiff Metropolitan University)
Evaluating the Foundation Phase
WISERD undertook an independent evaluation of the Foundation Phase early years education policy for the Welsh Government. The Foundation Phase (FP) is an early intervention approach to learning for all children aged three to seven years in Wales. It is based on principles of
Research Team:
Chris Taylor (Cardiff University), Trisha Maynard, David Blackaby (Swansea University), Rhys Davies (Cardiff University), Laurence Moore, Ian Plewis, Sally Power (Cardiff University), Samuel Waldron, Mirain Rhys (Cardiff Metropolitan University)
The Dynamics of Disability and Work in Britain
A journal article in The Manchester School. Volume 86, Issue 3. This paper examines the dynamic relationship between work-limiting disability and labour market outcomes using longitudinal data created by matching individuals in the Local Labour Force Survey (2004–10). By...
Journal and Journal Article
Age and Work-Related Health: Insights from the UK Labour Force Survey
A Journal Article in An International Journal of Employment Relations. Volume 54, Issue 1. Data from the UK Labour Force Survey (LFS) are used to examine two methodological issues in the analysis of the relationship between age and work-related health. First, the LFS is...
Journal and Journal Article
Local taxation and the relationship between incomes and property values
A journal article in Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy. Volume 25. The authors' concern is with the relationship between household income and property value, within the context of the debate about the fairness of council taxöthe property-based system of local...
October 2007
Conference UK Data Services Labour Force Survey Users Conference
25th November 2016 |
Conference paper " Making Sense of Official Estimates of Trade Union Membership" delivered at the UK Data Services Labour Force Survey Users Conference. davies.pdf File size: 476.62 KB Making Sense of Official Estimates of Trade Union Membership