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SMI Fellows

You can find details of external and internal Fellows who work with the SMI to help us promote high quality research methods and training here.

Sheffield Methods Institue team

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Andy Dickerson - Interim Director of the Sheffield Methods Institute

Andy is the current interim Director of The Sheffield Methods Institute. Previously, Andy studied at the Universities of Durham (BA Maths and Economics) and Warwick (MA Economics, PhD Economics) and worked at the Bank of England and the University of York before taking up a post as Lecturer in Economics at the University of Kent from 1990-2002. He then moved to Warwick Institute for Employment Research from 2002-06 where he undertook a range of policy-focussed research projects for a wide variety of government departments and agencies. He joined the  University of Sheffield in September 2006 as Professor of Economics and became Head of Department from 2011-15.

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Professor Tim May - Director of Research at the Sheffield Methods Institute

Tim holds degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science (BSc Econ) and the Universities of Surrey (MSc) and Plymouth (PhD). These followed a career as an engineer in the agricultural sector and work in the retail sector, during which time he undertook a two-year evening return-to-study course to qualify for a university place. With a strong focus on methodology and in particular the relationship between knowledge, strategy, context and practice, Tim has worked on many different projects through funding from international, national and regional and local sources; for example ESRC, EPSRC, AHRC, European Commission, Mistra, Ford, NESTA, Whitehall and Manchester and Salford City Councils and the business sector.

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Professor Gwilym Pryce - Co-Director of the ERSC CDT Data Analytics and Society

Gwilym is Professor of Urban Economics and Social Statistics, and Co-Director of the ESRC CDT Data Analytics and So. He is also a Co-Director of the £4m ESRC AQMEN Research Centre and currently leads the AQMEN Urban Segregation and Inequality research strand. He was formerly Associate Director of the £10m Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC), and continues to lead the UBDC research project: “URP3: Integrated Multi-sectoral Model of Employment and Migration”.



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Dr Andrew Bell - Lecturer in Quantitative Social Sciences

Before moving to Sheffield, Andy was a lecturer at the University of Bristol, where he also completed his undergraduate degree (in Geography) and PhD (in Advanced Quantitative Methods). His current substantive research focuses on mental health from a life course perspective, but also spans a diverse range of other subject areas, including geography, political science, social epidemiology and economics. Methodologically, Andy’s interests are in the development and application of multilevel models, with work focusing on age-period-cohort analysis and fixed and random effects models.

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Dr Todd Hartman - Director of University of Sheffield Q-Step Centre & Lecturer in Quantitative Social Sciences

Todd was Director of Survey Research for the Centre for Economic Research and Policy Analysis as well as Assistant Professor of Political Science at Appalachian State University. He is a graduate of the University of California at Davis (BA in International Relations), San Francisco State University (MA International Relations), and the State University of New York at Stony Brook (PhD Political Science). A political psychologist by training, Todd has extensive experience conducting surveys and experiments. His current research focuses on political attitudes and intergroup relations.

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Dr Will Mason - Lecturer in Applied Social Sciences

Will is a sociologist with interests in the study of childhood and youth, consumption, families, identities and inequalities. Before joining the Sheffield Methods Institute as a lecturer in Qualitative Methods, Will spent one year as a University Teacher in the Department of Sociological Studies (University of Sheffield) and two years as a Postdoctoral Research Associate, working on the Nuffield-funded Child Welfare Inequalities Project. Will’s ongoing research projects use a co-production approach to explore residents’ experience of community services in a low income neighbourhood and to explore the everyday lives of marginalised young people in a Northern inner city neighbourhood.

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Dr Aneta Piekut - Lecturer in Quantitative Social Sciences

Aneta is a sociologist by training, but her research spans disciplinary boundaries and is embedded in sociology, urban studies and human geography. Before joining the Sheffield Methods Institute, Aneta developed her research skills at the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds and Warsaw.

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Dr Mark Taylor - Lecturer in Quantitative Social Sciences

Mark is a sociologist with interests in social stratification and inequality, the sociology of culture, particularly music, and the life course, with methodological interests in survey research, social network analysis, and geographic information systems. Before arriving at Sheffield, Mark worked at the Universities of Manchester and York, and studied at Oxford, where he received his DPhil under the superivision of Tak Wing Chan.

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Timothy Birabi - Research Associate

Tim is a research associate working on the AQMeN ESRC Location Dynamics, Owner Occupation and Ethnicity in Scotland (LDOES) project, which is uses ethnic and location dynamics to understand certain characteristics about house prices in Scotland.

Previously he worked at The University of Glasgow on a project looking at how windfarms affect house prices. Tim specializes in how specific tools from statistics and econometrics can be used for solving empirical questions concerned with the improvement of a cluster of individuals within society.
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Dr Dan Olner - Research Associate

Dan is a research associate at the SMI working with the Urban Big Data Centre. The project is looking at how visualisation and simulation can make cities more transparent for the people living in them and policymakers, specifically how the movement of people interacts with housing, employment and communities. He also is working to develop the use of new computational methods. Before he joined the SMI, Dan used agent-based modelling to look at how changing distance costs could radically re-wire the shape of the economy.

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