People

SPARK is a collective endeavour involving a range of academic and professional services staff from across the University. The following are the core group that have been progressing its development.

Central contacts

Academic lead

Rick Delbridge

Academic Lead for SPARK and University Dean of Research, Innovation and Enterprise

Email:
delbridger@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 208 76644

Project manager

Sally O'Connor

Email:
oconnors@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0305

SPARK research centres and institutes

Co-located in Innovation Central:

CASCADE

CASCADE is dedicated to transforming the quality of children’s services in Wales, the UK and internationally through high quality research that is closely linked to policy and practice.

Crime and Security Research Institute

This institute conducts interdisciplinary research that generates new evidence and insights to help reduce crime and increase security.

Elise Barker

Centre Manager, Crime and Security Research Institute

Email:
barkere5@cardiff.ac.uk
Martin Innes

Professor Martin Innes

Director of Crime and Security Research Institute

Email:
innesm@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 29208 75307
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Professor Alun Preece

Deputy Head of School, Professor of Intelligent Systems, Co-director of Crime and Security Research Institute

Email:
preecead@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4653
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Professor Jonathan Shepherd

Associate Dean of Innovation, Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Email:
shepherdjp@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2074 4215

DECIPHer

Established in 2009 as a UKCRC Centre of Excellence for public health research, DECIPHer works in partnership with Bristol and Swansea Universities as a leading national and international centre for social and public health sciences.

Simon Murphy

Professor Simon Murphy

Professor in Social Interventions and Health, Director DECIPHer, Co-Director National Centre for Population Health and well Being Research, Lead for Public Health Improvement Research Network and the Schools Health Research Network

Email:
murphys7@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 29208 79144
Sara Jones

Dr Sara Jones

Centre Manager, DECIPHer

Email:
jonesasm@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 29208 79052

DII@SPARK

DII@SPARK brings together different disciplines to exploit opportunities for data-driven innovation in computational social science.

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Professor Roger Whitaker

Professor of Mobile and Social Computing, Co-Director of Data Innovation Research Institute, College Dean of Research, Physical Sciences and Engineering

Email:
r.m.whitaker@cs.cardiff.ac.uk
Matthew Williams

Professor Matthew L. Williams

Chair in Criminology - School of Social Sciences, Director - ESRC Social Data Science Lab, Data Innovation Research Institute, Director - ESRC Centre for Cyberhate Research and Policy

Email:
williamsm7@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0) 29 2087 4853
Pete Burnap

Dr Pete Burnap

Senior Lecturer

Email:
p.burnap@cs.cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6249

ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre (DTC)

The DTC is a consortium of leading universities established to train top-level social scientists across Wales, with particular emphasis on interdisciplinarity and collaboration with non-academic organisations.

David James

Professor David James

Professor and Director, ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre

Email:
jamesdr2@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 29208 70930

Public Policy Institute for Wales (PPIW)

PPIW improves policy making and delivery by providing Welsh Ministers with authoritative independent analysis and advice.

Dan Bristow

Research Officer, Public Policy Institute for Wales (PPIW)

Email:
bristowd@cardiff.ac.uk

Sustainable Places Research Institute

Bringing together academics and researchers from a wide range of disciplines, this institute works to find pragmatic, policy-led, locally-based solutions for a more sustainable future for individual cities, regions and nations.

Professor Terry Marsden

Professor Terry Marsden

Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning, Director of Sustainable Places Research Institute

Email:
marsdentk@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5736

Welsh Economy Research Unit

This unit aims to be the primary source of high quality research on the Welsh economy for Welsh businesses, public and third sectors.

Max Mundy

Professor Max Munday

Director of Welsh Economy Research Unit

Email:
mundaymc@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5089

WISERD

Established in 2008 and funded by the ESRC, WISERD draws together social science researchers from across Welsh universities in a number of disciplines including sociology, economics, geography and political science, to seek effective solutions to social issues.

Ian Rees Jones

Professor Ian Jones

Director, WISERD

Email:
jonesir4@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 208 76662

Professor Chris Taylor

Co-director, WISERD

Email:
taylorcm@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 29208 76938

Y Lab

This public services innovation lab, established in partnership with Nesta, is working to devise and test new solutions to major public services challenges in Wales.

Adam Fletcher

Professor Adam Fletcher

Y Lab Academic Director

Email:
fletchera@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 9874