The Administrative Data Research Network was an ESRC-funded project that ran from October 2013 to July 2018. It is currently at the end of its funding cycle and is no longer taking applications. Administrative data research will be taken forward in a new project, which was launched at the end of 2018.

Visit the Administrative Data Research Partnership for further information. 

This archival website reflects the state of play at the end of the project in July 2018. All content has been frozen and may not be up to date.

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Our Operations Group

Professor Chris Dibben

Chris Dibben is the Director of the Administrative Data Research Centre for Scotland. He is also the Chair in Geography at the University of Edinburgh and part of the Geography and the Lived Environment research institute and the Director of the ESRC′s Administrative Data Liaison Service. His research interests include poverty, deprivation and inequalities; evaluating area-based initiatives; small area statistics; risk, vulnerability and hazards. He has worked on, among other subjects: epidemiological studies into recovery after heart attacks; the causes of low birth weight; the survival of drug misusers; the impact of air pollution.


Dr. Stephen Pavis

Stephen joined the Information Services Division of National Services Scotland, NHS, in 2003, and is currently Head of Programmes. He is responsible for developing the Scottish Health Information Service, Medical Record Linkage, NHS Information Governance, and ISD’s contribution to Scottish Health Informatics Programmes. Previous roles at ISD have included Programme Principal for the Long Term Conditions, Social Care, and Drug and Alcohol Misuse. Before joining ISD, Stephen was Head of the Department for Sociology at Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh.


Zhiqiang Feng

Zhiqiang is a Senior Research Fellow at the Administrative Data Research Centre for Scotland responsible for leading the research team in developing research projects and carrying out data analysis. He is also a Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Human Geography and Geographical Information Sciences at the School of Geosciences of the University of Edinburgh and part of the Geography and the Lived Environment research institute. He also works in the Longitudinal Studies Centre Scotland. His research interests include geography of population, health inequality, geography of health, longitudinal analysis, migration, commuting, GIS and spatial analysis.


Andrew Smith

Andrew leads the Administrative Data Research Centre for Scotland’s operations at 9 Edinburgh Bioquarter, including support for the implementation of the research by the eight academic partners, and integrating the support led by the Electronic Data Research and Innovation Service team at the Farr Institute Scotland for external researcher projects.


Carina Assunção

Carina joined the Administrative Data Research Centre-Scotland in October 2017 as the Administrative Support Officer. Carina will tackle any question, or know to whom to pass it on - just email her at

Page last updated: 25/07/2018