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). 


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, 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
ESF Leavers Survey: Extension of Analysis
Overview The 2009 and 2010 ESF (European Social Fund) Leavers Surveys have provided a detailed account of the characteristics and outcomes of people who have recently participated in ESF funded training programmes. Whilst small differences were made to improve the design of
Research Team:
Rhys Davies (Cardiff University), Max Munday, Gerald Makepeace
Welsh Government Fellowship
Overview The UK Strategy for Data Resources for Social and Economic Research (referred to as the National Data Strategy – NDS) seeks to identify, prioritise and assist in the development of and access to research data. It provides a strategy for how different organisations c
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 tra
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, root
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 is 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 practi
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
2009 European Social Fund Leavers Survey
Commencing in 2009, a consortium led by WISERD undertook the 2009 ESF Leavers’ Survey. Other members of the consortium included Professor Max Munday of the Welsh Economy Research Unit (also of Cardiff University), Mark Winterbotham and colleagues at IFF Research Ltd and Gare
Research Team:
Rhys Davies (Cardiff University)
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 la
Research Team:
Rhys Davies (Cardiff University), Eric Harrison, David Owen
Knowing Localities: Responses to Redundancy at AA
Overview This project is 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 closu
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, Gerry Peacemaker, Mamata Parhi (Swansea University), Alison Parken, Catherine Robinson (University of Kent), Chris Taylor (Cardiff University), Victoria Wass
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, 200
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 l
Research Team:
Rhys Davies (Cardiff University)
2010 European Social Fund Leavers Survey
Overview Commencing in 2009, a consortium led by WISERD undertook the 2009 ESF Leavers Survey. Other members of the consortium included Professor Max Munday of the Welsh Economy Research Unit (also of Cardiff University), Mark Winterbotham and colleagues at IFF Research Ltd
Research Team:
Rhys Davies (Cardiff University), Gerry Peacemaker, Max Munday, Gareth Williams, Mark Winterbotham
Skills and Employment Survey
Overview WISERD is funding a boost to the Skills and Employment Survey to be carried out across Britain in 2012. The overarching aim of the survey is to collect data on skills and employment experiences of those working in Britain in 2012, making it a key and distinctive res
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 will look at how schools have used this new gran
Research Team:
Rhys Davies (Cardiff University), Gareth Rees (Cardiff University), Sally Power (Cardiff University), Samuel Waldron, Mirain Rhys
Evaluating the Foundation Phase
WISERD is undertaking 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 principl
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
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Flying Start Evaluation: Educational Outcomes
There are two main aims of this evaluation: a) to develop an analytical approach to evaluating Flying Start using existing datasets and b) to attempt to determine if living in a Flying Start area is related to educational outcomes.
Education | January 2017
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The Dynamics of Disability and Work in Britain
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 applying event-study methods, changes in employment are traced thro
Inequalities | January 2016
Welsh Graduate Mobility
This research report explores Welsh graduate mobility. It seeks to establish the extent towhich Wales retains its graduate labour in employment; to estimate the labour marketoutcomes for 'Welsh' graduates (i.e. those born in Wales) and to investigate whether andhow these may
Welsh Graduate Mobility: Full Report
This research report explores Welsh graduate mobility. It seeks to establish the extent to which Wales retains its graduate labour in employment; to estimate the labour market outcomes for „Welsh‟ graduates (i.e. those born in Wales) and to investigate whether and how these
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Worker representation and consultation on health and safety: An analysis of the findings of the European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks
The involvement of workers and their representatives in consultation on arrangements for managing risks to health and safety at work is a key element of the requirements of the EU Framework Directive 89/391. While there are differences in provisions between member states tha
ADRC Wales Accreditation Training
22nd January 2016 |
Cardiff
The ADRN aim to give accredited researchers access to de-identified administrative data. One of the steps to achieving accredited researcher status is attending and successfully completing our Accreditation Training course and test.