Professor Gwilym Pryce

Department of Economics

Professor of Urban Economics and Social Statistics

Co-Director of the ESRC CDT Data Analytics and Society

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Professor Gwilym Pryce
Department of Economics
Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences (ICOSS)
219 Portobello
S1 4DP

Gwilym is Professor of Urban Economics and Social Statistics in the Department of Economics at The University of Sheffield. He is currently Director of the ESRC/Nordforsk ‘Life at the Frontier’ research project, a multidisciplinary initiative spanning the UK, Norway, Sweden, and the Netherlands. He is also Co-Director of the ESRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Analytics and Society, and a co-investigator on the ESRC Centre for Care. Gwilym was formerly Associate Director of the ESRC Urban Big Data Centre, Founding Director of the Glasgow Q-Step Centre, Co-Director of the ESRC AQMEN Research Centre, Co-Director of the ESRC Understanding Inequalities research project, and Founding Director of the Sheffield Methods Institute.

Gwilym was born in 1970 in Cardiff, Wales, the son of a steel worker. At age 7, he moved with his family to Goole, in North Humberside and completed his secondary education at Goole Grammar School. He moved to Leeds in 1988 to study Economics and Public Policy at Leeds Business School (LMU), graduating with a First in 1991. After a year studying theology at Covenant College in the Midlands, he completed a MSc in Economics at the University of Warwick. After a short stint at Aberdeen University researching capital charges in the NHS under the supervision of Professor David Heald, he was awarded an ESRC Research Fellowship in the Centre for Housing Research and Urban Studies, University of Glasgow in 1995. He progressed to Lecturer in 1996, Senior Lecturer in 2003 and to Professor of Urban Economics and Social Statistics in 2006. Gwilym moved to the University of Sheffield in 2014 to lead the Sheffield Methods Institute. Gwilym joined the Department of Economics in September 2022.

Research interests

Gwilym's core research interests are in the broad field of urban studies. His current research focuses on issues of inequality, discrimination, immigration and residential segregation, and how these issues vary geographically to impact crime, wellbeing, social mobility and the local economy. Gwilym is also interested in the levelling-up implications of these phenomena and works closely with a variety of stakeholders to understand their implications for policy and practice.

Examples of his current research include:


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