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.Ian Thomas Bio