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My research examines a number of interrelated topics concerning the nonprofit/charity sector: funding sources and networks; measuring and modelling organisational and financial risk; evaluating regulatory interventions; and estimating geographical distribution of charitable activity. I have methodological and teaching interests in the use of administrative data, quantitative methods and computational social science. I have been commissioned to deliver and develop training courses and materials for the National Centre for Research Methods, Scottish Graduate School of Social Science, and Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research and Data

Current research activities

I am currently a Co-Investigator on the ESRC project: Improving Access to and Use of Organisation-Level Data on the Third Sector and Civil Society. This project will create the first national database on the population of organisations forming the third sector in the UK.

In collaboration with Dr David Clifford, I am examining the presence of overseas charities / INGOs in global social policy, in particular examining country-level patterns in the distribution of these organisations across the world (e.g., are charities more / less likely to operate in autocracies controlling for population size?).

In collaboration with Dr Abhishek Bhati, I am studying the global funding networks of Indian nonprofits, specifically the degree of reliance on certain countries and institutions for monetary donations.

Current teaching activities and interests

I am currently teaching quantitative research methods modules at L8 and L9 of our undergraduate programme, and contributing to the data science / quantitative data analysis workshops of the MSc Applied Social Science.

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Happy to collaborate with UWS colleagues interested in large-scale administrative data, data science, and quantitative data analysis.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Trustee, Voluntary Sector Studies Network

30 Nov 2020 → …


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