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Social data science in evidence-based policy-making

  • Alan Turing Institute 1st floor British Library, 96 Euston Road London, NW1 2DB UK (map)

This event is free to attend. 

Day 1: Tuesday 11th September 10:30 – 18:30

Day 2: Wednesday 12th September 10:00 – 17:00

The vast quantities of heterogeneous data that are increasingly available have the potential to revolutionise our understanding of human behavior. Harnessing this knowledge to support better evidence-based policy making will have enormous benefits for society.

Realising the full potential of these possibilities depends on finding solutions to a number of important methodological and practical challenges.

This workshop will provide an important opportunity for social scientists and data scientists to present their research and debate the challenges.

It will help to establish priority areas for research, develop a common understanding of the methodological and ethical challenges for social data science, identify training requirements for future researchers and build relationships between researchers and policy makers.

Through presentations and debates the event will strengthen the UK social and economic research community’s capacity to address increasingly complex social science research questions in robust ways that will have lasting benefits for UK citizens.

The event will bring together leading academic and non-academic stakeholders from the UK and internationally.

Presentation sessions will explore the opportunities and challenges for social data science to address diverse social and economic issues in the areas of:

- Health and Wellbeing

- Cities and Public Services

- Economy and Trade

- Crime and Security

Each session will be explored from a social science, data science and policy-focused perspective. Confirmed speakers include leaders from academia, government and industry. 

The speakers confirmed for this event are:

- Alex Singleton (University of Liverpool and ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre, UK)

- Antony Finklestein (National Security, UK)

- Chris Holmes (The Alan Turing Institute and University of Oxford, UK)

- Ganna Pogrebna (The Alan Turing Institute and University of Birmingham, UK)

- Jim Smith (The Alan Turing Institute and University of Warwick, UK)

- Lynne Miles (ARUP, UK)

- Omar Guerrero (The Alan Turing Institute and University College London, UK)

- Miranda Marcus (Open Data Institute, UK)

- Pete Burnap (University of Cardiff, UK)

- Richie Poulton (Otago University, New Zealand)

- Stephen Machin (London School of Economics and ESRC Centre for Economic Performance, UK)

There will be a keynote speech (speaker TBC) on the evening of Tuesday 11th followed by a drinks reception for networking.


Day 1

10:30 – 11:00


11:00 – 11:15

Welcome and introduction

11:15 – 13:00

Presentation Session 1: Cities and Public Services

13:00 – 14:00

Networking Lunch

14:00 – 15:45

Presentation Session 2: Health and Wellbeing

15:45 – 16:00

Comfort break

16:00 – 17:30

Lecture/keynote TITLE

17:30 – 18:30

Drinks reception/networking

Day 2

10:00 – 10:30

Arrival tea & coffee

10:30 – 12:15

Presentation Session 3: Economy & Trade

12:15 – 1315

Lunch & networking

13:15 – 15:00

Presentation Session 4: Crime & Security

15:00 – 15:15

Comfort break

15:15 – 16:00

Panel reflections on Policy Network

16:00 – 16:45

Panel discussion, Q&A

16:45 – 17:00

Thanks & Close