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Research Profile

Mr Ian Richard Thomas 

Position:PhD Student
School:Social Sciences


For over a year I have been working as a quantitative research assistant for Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD) and Shelter Cymru, on a Joseph Rowntree Foundation [JRF] funded project aimed at improving the housing options available to young people. Prior to this I worked as a statistical officer in the Welsh Assembly Government working with Further Education statistics in Wales.

For the past two years I have been undertaking the MSc SSRM part-time at Cardiff University. My masters dissertation was a mixed methods study using sequence analysis and case studies to examine the effects of Higher Education on young people’s housing pathways; with this topic emerging from my work with WISERD and the JRF. 

Research Interests

  • Sexuality
  • Innovative (digital) research methods
  • Online social networks
  • Quantitative methods
  • Science and technology studies
  • New mobilities

PhD Topic / Area

The research topic for my PhD is a departure from masters dissertation, the provisional title being:

Sex Tweets, Blogs and Profiles: Web 2.0, mobile geo-spatial technologies and the reconfiguring landscape of sex for men who have sex with men.


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