4th International Conference on Administrative Data Research

9 - 11 December 2019

Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
Cardiff, Wales, UK

Call for Abstracts is NOW OPEN!


The use of administrative data and the ability to link records at an individual level to produce empirically based insights, serves to effect positive change for public good through evidence based policy making. The increasing availability of government data for research is an important trend enabling population data science to penetrate deeper than ever before into social and economic issues. However, the use of these vast data resources is still in its infancy with considerable challenges to overcome. This year, the 4th International ADR Conference aims to address such challenges towards lessening the gap between theory and practice.

Keynote Speakers



Rebecca Evans

Minister for Finance and Trefnydd, Welsh Government


Leon Feinstein

Director of Evidence, Office of the Children’s Commissioner


Professor Kerina Jones

Professor of Population Data Science, Swansea University


John Pullinger

Head, Government Statistical Service and Chief Executive, UK Statistics Authority


Betsy Stanko

Chair, Ministry of Justice's Data, Evidence and Science Board, UK


Stefaan Verhulst

Co-founder and Chief Research and Development Officer, GovLab


Matthew Whittaker

Deputy Director, Resolution Foundation

ADR 2019 Conference topic areas

The conference programme will include a range of presentations across the following topic areas to share new knowledge, generate discussion and promote collaboration opportunities:

  • Applied research: work that has contributed new knowledge, using data linkage or population data sciences approaches. Research that is either complete or will have significant findings by the conference date
  • Case studies and concepts: research study protocols; local/case-specific technical developments; proof of concept studies; concept dictionaries; data resource descriptions; capacity building
  • Ethical, Legal and Social Implications: regulatory and governance challenges and solutions; confidentiality; data security; public and other stakeholder engagement; ethical issues; social acceptability
  • Evidence to support policy making: work generating evidence to inform policy making; engaging with policy makers; demonstrating and measuring impact
  • Methodological and analytical advances: dealing with large scale, complex and messy data; data linkage and quality; emerging data types; data visualisation; data interoperability;

Call for Abstracts

The Call for Abstracts is NOW OPEN

The closing date for abstract submissions will be 12:00 midnight BST on Friday 12th July.

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Please Note: The closing deadline will not be extended

Who should attend?

ADR 2019 is particularly relevant to anyone involved in administrative data research, from the social science community, or both. Delegates will comprise a UK and international audience of government and institutional policy-makers and academic researchers within the administrative data community. Anyone with an interest is welcome to attend.


The programme schedule for this busy three day event is being created by the ADR 2019 Scientific Committee, and will combine some fantastic keynote speakers, plenary sessions, panel discussions, oral presentations, rapid fire presentations and poster presentations. The final programme schedule will be released in the autumn.


Official Sponsors

We would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to ADR 2019’s generous official sponsors, the Welsh Government and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Your investment and support for this important international conference will enable the acceleration of vital research using administrative data, to improve and benefit societies worldwide.

Thank you!

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Scientific Committee Members

We would like to thank our esteemed Scientific Committee members for their hard work and dedication to producing an outstanding conference. Thank you all!

Conference Partners

We are delighted to announce this year’s ADR Conference partners as Swansea University, Queen’s University, Belfast, and The University of Edinburgh and are grateful for their invaluable expertise and support. The official publisher is the International Journal of Population Data Science (IJPDS).

Conference Packages


There are a variety of delegate rates available whether you plan to attend for just one day, the full three days, or if you want to come along as a group.

A 3-day full conference and group rates include access to all sessions, proceedings, lunches, refreshments and drinks reception. A day rate includes access to the sessions, proceedings, lunch, and refreshments for one day only.

Package Price
Full 3-day conference £300.00 per delegate
Full 3-day conference group of 5 £1,250.00 (£250 per delegate)
Individual days (9th, 10th, 11th) £100.00 per day




The 4th International ADR Conference on Administrative Data Research will take place in the heart of Wales’ vibrant capital city, Cardiff.

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
Castle Grounds
Cathays Park
CF10 3ER



ADR 2019 Gala Dinner

The ADR 2019 Gala Dinner will take place in the spectacular Cardiff Castle.



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cardiff castle
cardiff castle


Planes, Trains and Automobiles: How to get to ADR 2019

From Cardiff Airport

You can catch a bus (T9 service) that will take you from Cardiff Airport direct to Cardiff City Centre. The bus stop is located directly outside the terminal. Services run every 30 minutes.

T9 service timetable

From Bristol Airport

A regular National Express coach service connects Bristol Airport with Cardiff Bus Station. The service runs 12 times daily and takes 1 hour and 25 minutes and costs £15.00 one way.

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Alternatively, hop on the Airport Flyer Express bus service that runs every 10 minutes to Bristol Temple Meads railway station, and catch a train to Cardiff Central. Rail service runs up to two times an hour at peak times.

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From England

Cross the Severn Bridge and follow the M4 motorway. At Junction 29 merge on to the A48 and continue into Cardiff following the signs for Cardiff (E&S). The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama can be found on satnav using postcode CF10 3ER.

From West Wales

Follow the M4 motorway to Cardiff and exit at Junction 33. Following the A4232, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama can be found on satnav using postcode CF10 3ER.

Taxis can be found directly outside the front entrance of Cardiff Central station, and a short 5 minute journey will bring you to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

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Official Publisher

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