Data Impact Fellows 2016-2018

The Data Impact Fellowship is designed to support the use of UK Data Service data and resources by new generations of scholars through the research partnerships they develop and the students they teach.

Our Fellows are planning new activities to extend the impact of their research, write for the Data Impact Blog about their progress and develop case studies as they go to share the outcomes of their role as UK Data Service Data Impact Fellows.

Dharmi Kapadia

Dharmi is a Q-Step Lecturer in Sociology at The University of Manchester.

She has a PhD in Social Statistics and 10 years’ experience of research that has produced knowledge to improve the lives of people suffering from racist discrimination and mental and physical illnesses. Dharmi is currently working on a project to look at how racism influences mental illness in ethnic minority people using data from Understanding Society.

Sarah Knight

Sarah is an ESRC-funded PhD student in the Environment Department of the University of York.

She has an interest in human well-being, nature connectedness, environmental quality and ecosystem services. Sarah is researching the impact of the natural environment on subjective well-being. As part of her PhD Sarah is using Understanding Society and the British Household Panel Survey to explore the determinants of self-reported well-being on adults in the UK.

Rachel Oldroyd

Rachel is a quantitative human geographer based at the Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) within the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA) at the University of Leeds.

Rachel started a part-time ESRC White Rose Studentship in October 2015 and her PhD is centred on spatial data analytics for food safety, with particular focus on foodborne illness. Her research investigates the incidence of foodborne illness in the UK through innovatively combining data sources such as the UK Census, online restaurant reviews, socio-economic data and food establishment hygiene scores to identify populations at risk; construct spatial-temporal models of food safety at varying geographies; and explore the utility of these models as a means to target scarce resources.

Marii Paskov

Marii Paskov is a sociologist and Research Officer at the Institute of New Economic Thinking at the University of Oxford.

She is engaged in the Employment, Equity and Growth Programme focusing on inequality and living standards and working in the Oxford Martin Programme on Inequality and Prosperity. Using the European Social Survey, the Wealth and Assets Survey, and the British Household Panel Survey Marii's research focuses on intergenerational social mobility. Marii is also affiliated to the Department of Social Policy and Intervention and Nuffield College at the University of Oxford. 

Bram Vanhoutte

Bram is a Research Fellow in Sociology at the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMIST), The University of Manchester.

His research uses the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing as well as the US Health and Retirement Study and the Australian Life Histories and Health Study, and focuses on wellbeing in later life as a marker for successful ageing in the research project 'frailty and inequality in later life' within the Manchester Institute for collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA). He has an interest in ageing from an interdisciplinary perspective by bridging psychological, sociological and medical perspectives.

Runners up

William Shankley

William is a sociology PhD student at the Cathie Marsh Institute of Social Research, The University of Manchester.

His research uses census microdata and census flow data and focuses on internal migration patterns of Polish people in England and Wales and the factors that shape their migration decision-making. William's research combines 2011 UK Census data for England and Wales with interview data collected from forty Polish people living across Greater Manchester.

Claudia Zucca

Claudia Zucca is a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher working on the VOTEADVICE project, in collaboration with the University of Exeter, Kieskompas Amsterdam and Koç University Istanbul.

Her research uses the British Social Attitudes Survey, the European Social Survey, the British Election Study and the European Values Study, and focuses on the impact of new technologies on political behaviour using advanced quantitative methods. Her research concerns the use of quantitative methodologies to explore electoral behaviour and the use of technologies for generating information about electoral decision making and the process of political learning.