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.

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Academic publications

This is a non-exhaustive list of publications by ADRN researchers.


Harvey Goldstein and Katie Harron‘Pseudonymisation at source’ undermines accuracy of record linkage in Journal of Public Health, May 2018

Ania Zylbersztejn, Ruth Gilbert, Anders Hjern, Linda Wijlaars and Pia Hardelid: Child mortality in England compared with Sweden: a birth cohort study in The Lancet, May 2018

Jamie C. Doidge and Katie Harron: Demystifying probabilistic linkage: Common myths and misconceptions in The International Journal of Population Data Science, January 2018, Volume 3, Issue 1

David Martin, Christopher Gale, Samantha Cockings and Andrew Harfoot: Origin-destination geodemographics for analysis of travel to work flows in Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, January 2018, Volume 67, p. 68-79


Jamie C. Moore, Peter W. F. Smith and Gabriele B. DurrantCorrelates of record linkage and estimating risks of non-linkage biases in business data sets in Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society), December 2017

Katie Harron, Chris Dibben, James Boyd, Anders Hjern, Mahmoud Azimaee, Mauricio L Barreto and Harvey Goldstein: Challenges in administrative data linkage for research in Big Data & Society, December 2017, p. 1-12

Kate Jane Fitzsimons, Lynn P Copley, Efrosini Setakis, Susan C Charman, Scott A Deacon, Lorraine Dearden and Jan H van der MeulenEarly academic achievement in children with isolated clefts: a population-based study in England in Archives of Disease in Childhood, November 2017, p. 1-7 

Anna Sexton, Elizabeth Shepherd, Oliver Duke-Williams and Alexandra EveleighA balance of trust in the use of government administrative data in Archival Science, October 2017, p. 1-26 

Matthew H. Iveson and Ian J. Deary: Intergenerational social mobility and subjective wellbeing in later life in Social Science & Medicine, September 2017, Volume 188, p. 11-20

Katie Harron, James Doidge, Hannah Knight, Ruth Gilbert, Harvey Goldstein, David Cromwell and Jan van der Meulen: A guide to evaluating linkage quality for the analysis of linked data in International Journal of Epidemiology, September 2017, p. 1-12

Gabriele B. Durrant, Olga Maslovskaya and Peter W. F. Smith: Using Prior Wave Information and Paradata: Can They Help to Predict Response Outcomes and Call Sequence Length in a Longitudinal Study? in Journal of Official Statistics, September 2017, Volume 33, Issue 3, p. 801-833

Ai MilojevicBen Armstrong and Paul Wilkinson: Mental health impacts of flooding: a controlled interrupted time series analysis of prescribing data in England in Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, August 2017, Volume 71, Issue 10

Sam Wilding, David Martin and Graham MoonHow far is a long distance? An assessment of the issue of scale in the relationship between limiting long-term illness and long-distance migration in England and Wales in Population, Space and Place, August 2017, p. 1-12

Matthew H. Iveson Iva Čukić, Geoff Der, G. David Batty and Ian J. DearyIntelligence and all-cause mortality in the 6-Day Sample of the Scottish Mental Survey 1947 and their siblings: testing the contribution of family background in International Journal of Epidemiology, August 2017

Katie HarronRuth GilbertDavid CromwellSam OddieAstrid Guttmann and Jan van der MeulenInternational comparison of emergency hospital use for infants: data linkage cohort study in Canada and England in BMJ Quality & Safety, July 2017, p. 1-9

Gareth Hagger-Johnson, Katie Harron, Harvey Goldstein, Rob Aldridge and Ruth Gilbert:  Probabilistic linking to enhance deterministic algorithms and reduce linkage errors in hospital administrative data in Journal of Innovation in Health Informatics, July 2017, Volume 24, Issue 2, p. 234–246 

Lion Shahab, Jamie Brown, Gareth Hagger-Johnson, Susan Michie, Joanna Semlyen, Robert West and Catherine Meads: Sexual orientation identity and tobacco and hazardous alcohol use: findings from a cross-sectional English population survey in BMJ Open, June 2017, Volume 7 

Lesley McAra and Susan McVieThe shrinking youth justice population: a change in behaviour or a change in the system? in Scottish Justice Matters, April 2017, Volume 5, Issue 1, p.38-39

Ruth Gilbert, Rosemary Lafferty, Gareth Hagger-Johnson, Katie Harron, Li-Chun Zhang, Peter W.F. Smith, Chris Dibben and Harvey GoldsteinGUILD: GUidance for Information about Linking Data sets in Journal of Public Health, March 2017, p. 1–8

Katie Harron, Gareth Hagger-JohnsonRuth Gilbert and Harvey GoldsteinUtilising identifier error variation in linkage of large administrative data sources in BMC Medical Research Methodology, February 2017, Volume 17, Issue 23

James C. Doidge, Daryl J. Higgins, Paul Delfabbro and Leonie Segal: Risk factors for child maltreatment in an Australian population-based birth cohort in Child Abuse & Neglect, Volume 64, February 2017, p. 47–60 

James Williams and Gareth Hagger-Johnson: Childhood academic ability in relation to cigarette, alcohol and cannabis use from adolescence into early adulthood: Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE) in BMJ Open, February 2017, Volume 7

Louise Mc Grath-Lone, Lorraine Dearden, Katie Harron, Bilal Nasim and Ruth Gilbert: Factors associated with re-entry to out-of-home care among children in England in Child Abuse & Neglect, Volume 63, January 2017, p. 73–83 

Gareth Hagger-Johnson, Ewan Carr, Emily Murray, Stephen Stansfeld, Nicola Shelton, Mai Stafford and Jenny Head: Association between midlife health behaviours and transitions out of employment from midlife to early old age: Whitehall II cohort study in BMC Public Health, January 2017, Volume 17

Kerina H. Jones, Graeme Laurie, Leslie Stevens, Christine Dobbs, David V. Ford and Nathan Lea: The other side of the coin: Harm due to the non-use of health-related data in International Journal of Medical Informatics, January 2017, Volume 97, p. 43-51


Peter ChristenApplication of Advanced Record Linkage Techniques for Complex Population Reconstruction in arXiv:1612.04286 [cs.DB], December 2016

Jamie C. Moore, Gabriele B. Durrant and Peter W. F. Smith: Data set representativeness during data collection in three UK social surveys: generalizability and the effects of auxiliary covariate choice in Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society)December 2016

Christopher J. Playford, Vernon Gayle, Roxanne Connelly and Alasdair J.G. Gray: Administrative social science data: The challenge of reproducible research in Big Data & Society, December 2016, p.1-13

Patrick Sturgis, Joel Williams, Ian Brunton-Smith and Jamie C. MooreFieldwork effort, response rate, and the distribution of survey outcomes: A multilevel meta-analysis in Public Opinion QuarterlyVolume 81, Issue 2, December 2016, p. 523-542

Jane M. Robertson, Alison Bowes, Grant Gibson, Louise McCabe, Emma, L. Reynish, Alasdair C. Rutherford and Monika WilińskaSpotlight on Scotland: Assets and Opportunities for Aging Research in a Shifting Sociopolitical Landscape in The Gerontologist, December 2016, Volume 56, Issue 6

Yuan Ke, Bo Fu and Wenyang Zhang: Semi-varying coefficient multinomial logistic regression for disease progression risk prediction in Statistics in Medicine, Volume 35, Issue 26, November 2016, p. 4764-4778 

Aitken M, de St Jorre J, Pagliari C, Jepson R and Cunningham-Burley S: Public responses to the sharing and linkage of health data for research purposes: a systematic review and thematic synthesis of qualitative studies in BMC Medical Ethics, November 2016, Volume 17

Sam Wilding, David Martin and Graham Moon: The impact of limiting long term illness on internal migration in England and Wales: New evidence from census microdata in Social Science & Medicine, Volume 167, October 2016, p. 107–115  

Mhairi Aitken, Sarah Cunningham-Burley and Claudia PagliariMoving from trust to trustworthiness: Experiences of public engagement in the Scottish Health Informatics Programme in Science & Public Policy, October 2016, Volume 43, Issue 5, p. 713-723

Katie Harron, Ruth Gilbert, David Cromwell and Jan van der Meulen: Linking Data for Mothers and Babies in De-Identified Electronic Health Data in PLOS ONE, October 2016, Volume 11, Issue 10

Beata Nowok, Gillian M. Raab and Chris Dibbensynthpop: Bespoke Creation of Synthetic Data in R in Journal of Statistical Software, October 2016, Volume 74, Issue 11

Graeme Laurie and Leslie Stevens: Developing a Public Interest Mandate for the Governance and Use of Administrative Data in the United Kingdom in Journal of Law and Society, September 2016, Volume 43, Issue 3, p. 360–392

Roxanne Connelly, Christopher J. Playford, Vernon Gayle and Chris Dibben: The role of administrative data in the big data revolution in social science research in Social Science Research, Volume 59, September 2016, p. 1–12

Jim Clifford, Beatrice Alex, Colin M. Coates, Ewan Klein and Andrew Watson: Geoparsing history: Locating commodities in ten million pages of nineteenth-century sources in Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History, June 2016, Volume 49, Issue 3, p. 115-131

Emily T. Murray, Jenny Head, Nicola Shelton, Gareth Hagger-Johnson, Stephen Stansfeld, Paola Zaninotto and Mai Stafford: Local area unemployment, individual health and workforce exit: ONS Longitudinal Study in European Journal of Public Health, June 2016, Volume 26, Issue 3, p. 463-469

Christopher J. Playford, Vernon Gayle, Roxanne Connelly and Susan Murray: Parental socioeconomic influences on filial educational outcomes in Scotland: patterns of school-level educational performance using administrative data in Contemporary Social Science, May 2016, Volume 11, Issue 2-3, p.183-202

Mark D. Wilkinson, Michel Dumontier, IJsbrand Jan Aalbersberg, Gabrielle Appleton, Myles Axton, Arie Baak, Niklas Blomberg, Jan-Willem Boiten, Luiz Bonino da Silva Santos, Philip E. Bourne, Jildau Bouwman, Anthony J. Brookes, Tim Clark, Mercè Crosas, Ingrid Dillo, Olivier Dumon, Scott Edmunds, Chris T. Evelo, Richard Finkers, Alejandra Gonzalez-Beltran, Alasdair J.G. Gray, Paul Groth, Carole Goble, Jeffrey S. Grethe, Jaap Heringa, Peter A.C ’t Hoen, Rob Hooft, Tobias Kuhn, Ruben Kok, Joost Kok, Scott J. Lusher, Maryann E. Martone, Albert Mons, Abel L. Packer, Bengt Persson, Philippe Rocca-Serra, Marco Roos, Rene van Schaik, Susanna-Assunta Sansone, Erik Schultes, Thierry Sengstag, Ted Slater, George Strawn, Morris A. Swertz, Mark Thompson, Johan van der Lei, Erik van Mulligen, Jan Velterop, Andra Waagmeester, Peter Wittenburg, Katherine Wolstencroft, Jun Zhao and Barend MonsThe FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship in Scientific Data, March 2016, Volume 3

Joanna Semlyen, Michael King, Justin Varney, and Gareth Hagger-Johnson: Sexual orientation and symptoms of common mental disorder or low wellbeing: combined meta-analysis of 12 UK population health surveys in BMC Psychiatry, March 2016, Volume 176

Louise Mc Grath-Lone, Lorraine Dearden, Katie Harrond, Bilal Nasim and Ruth Gilbert: Data Resource Profile: Children Looked After Return (CLA) in International Journal of Epidemiology, Volume 0, 2016, p. 1–8 

Louise Mc Grath-Lone, Lorraine Dearden, Katie Harrond, Bilal Nasim and Ruth Gilbert: Changes in first entry to out-of-home care from 1992 to 2012 among children in England in Child Abuse & Neglect, Volume 51, January 2016, p. 163–171 


Louise Mc Grath-Lone, Jenny Woodman and Ruth Gilbert: Safeguarding children and improving their care in the UK, Correspondence in The Lancet, Volume 386, Issue 10004, October 2015, p. 1630 

Graham Kirby, Jamie Carson, Fraser Dunlop, Chris Dibben, Alan Dearle, Lee Williamson, Eilidh Garrett and Alice Reid​: ​Automatic Methods for Coding Historical Occupation Descriptions to Standard Classifications​ in ​Population Reconstruction, July 2015, p. 43-60​

Iain M. Atherton, Ellen Lynch, Andrew J. Williams and Miles D. Witham: Barriers and Solutions to Linking and Using Health and Social Care Data in Scotland in The British Journal of Social Work, July 2015, Volume 45, Issue 5, p. 1614–1622

Mads-Bonde Ubbesen, Ruth Gilbert and June Thoburn: Cumulative incidence of entry into out-of-home care: Changes over time in Denmark and England in Child Abuse & Neglect, Volume 42, April 2015, p. 63-71 

Leslie Stevens, The Proposed Data Protection Regulation and Its Potential Impact on Social Sciences Research in the UK in European Data Protection Law Review2015, Volume 1, Issue 2

Gillian Raab, Beata Nowok and Chris Dibben: A simplified approach to generating synthetic data for disclosure control in Journal of Privacy and Confidentiality, 2015, Volume 7, Issue 3, Article 4


Katie Harron: What England could learn from Canada on reducing child hospital admissions in The Conversation, published on August 2, 2017

Silvia Lanati: Data research at science festivals: engaging the public in ESRC Blog 'Shaping Society', published on July 21, 2017 

Chris CoatesHow secure data-sharing can help ‘Daniel Blakes’ in ESRC Blog 'Shaping Society', published on February 14, 2017 

Louise Mc Grath-Lone: Why some children are more likely to go back into care than others in The Conversation, published on January 13, 2017 

Emma White: It may be legal, but is it right? Ethics and secondary data use in Geodemographics Blog, published on December 12, 2016 

Louise Mc Grath-Lone: Hard Evidence: are more children going into care? in The Conversation, published on December 9, 2015

David Martin: Which data would you like with that - the Traditional, the Administrative or the Big? in Geodemographics Blog, published on April 7, 2015

Emma White: The Administrative Data Research Network - weaving straw into gold in Geodemographics Blog, published on March 2, 2015

Other outcomes

Matthew Jay, Jenny Woodman, Ruth Gilbert and Karen Broadhurst: Harnessing administrative data for family
justice research and practice in Family Law journal, March 2018

Matthew Jay, Jenny Woodman, Karen Broadhurst and Ruth Gilbert: Who cares for children? Population data for family justice research Towards a Family Justice Observatory A scoping study, 2017

LF Forrest, C Dibben, Z Feng, I Deary and F Popham: Social and spatial mobility and self-reported health in older-age: linkage of the scottish longitudinal study to the 1947 scottish mental survey, SSM annual scientific meeting, in Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 2017, Volume 71, Issue 1

James Robards, Christopher Gale and David J. Martin: Creating a synthetic spatial microdataset for zone design experiments in NCRM Working Paper, July 2017

Emma WhiteResearch implications of new UK and EU legislation in SRA Research Matters, June 2017, Issue 13

Lesley McAra and Susan McVieDevelopmental and life-course criminology: Innovations, impacts and applications, May 2017

Ruth Gilbert and Peter Dutey-Magni: Researchers need access to NHS data for effective redesign of clinical pathways - Letter in BMJ, August 2017, Volume 358

John Stillwell et al.: The Routledge Handbook of Census Resources, Methods and Applications: Unlocking the UK 2011 Census (International Population Studies). Routledge, August 2017, 1st edition 

Marco Di Zio, Li-Chun Zhang and Ton de Vaal: Statistical methods for combining multiple sources of administrative and survey data in The Survey Statistician, July 2017, No. 76, p. 17-26 

Yongfu Yu, Maximiliane Verfuerden, Pia Hardelid, Ania Zylbersztejn, Zeyan Liew, Jørn Olsen, Ruth Gilbert, Jiong Li and Bo Fu: Maternal socioeconomic status and infant mortality with low birth weight as a mediator: an inter-country comparison between Scotland and Denmark using administrative dataIJPDS (2017) Issue 1, Vol 1:347 Proceedings of the International Population Data Linkage Conference Conference (August 2016) 

Leslie Stevens, Christine Dobbs, Kerina Jones and Graeme Laurie: Dangers from Within? Looking Inwards at the Role of Maladministration as the Leading Cause of Health Data Breaches in the UK in Data Protection and Privacy: (In)visibilities and Infrastructures, p. 205-239

Paolo Pareti, Ewan Klein and Adam BarkerLinking Data, Services and Human Know-How, International Semantic Web Conference, May 2016

Katie Harron, Louise Mc Grath-Lone, Samantha Mason and Ruth Gilbert: Using linked administrative data for monitoring and evaluating the Family Nurse Partnership in England: a scoping report, commissioned and published by Family Nurse Partnership, 2016

Bo Fu, Li Su: Missing Confounder Data in Propensity Score Methods for Causal Inference, in He H., Wu P., Chen DG. (eds) Statistical Causal Inferences and Their Applications in Public Health Research (2016). ICSA Book Series in Statistics. Springer, Cham

Graeme Laurie, Leslie Stevens, Kerina H. Jones and Christine DobbsA Review of Evidence Relating to Harm Resulting from Uses of Health and Biomedical Data, 2015

Katie Harron, Harvey Goldstein and Chris DibbenMethodological Developments in Data Linkage in Wiley series in probability and statistics. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. 2015 

Huang, Z., Dibben, C., Kirby, G., Deary, I., Popham, F. and Connelly, F.: The creation of an administrative data based 1936 Birth Cohort Study, The Farr Institute International Conference 2015, University of St Andrews, UK, 26 - 28 August 2015 

Beata Nowok, Gillian Raab and Chris DibbenGenerating synthetic microdata to widen access to sensitive data sets: method, software and empirical examples in Longitudinal studies & the life course abstracts, 2014

Stevens, Leslie A. and Laurie, GraemeThe Administrative Data Research Centre Scotland: A Scoping Report on the Legal & Ethical Issues Arising from Access & Linkage of Administrative Data in Edinburgh School of Law Research Paper, August  2014, no. 2014/35

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