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Dr Marco Pomati

Dr Marco Pomati

Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences and Research Methods

School of Social Sciences

+44(0) 29 2087 9678
Glamorgan Building


My main role at Cardiff University is to teach and develop quantitative methods in a range of Undergraduate and Postgraduate research methods and substantive courses. I am part of the Q-Step Centre and have a broad-based background in Sociology, Anthropology, Social Policy and Research Methods. Before joining Cardiff I worked at the University of Bristol, the National Foundation for Educational Research, the National Centre for Social Research and the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion where I helped design as well as carried out quantitative analysis of small and large scale surveys and assessment data.

My recent work focuses on:

- the exploration and validation of policy-relevant living standards measures in Europe, the UK and Africa

- the relationship between low income and parenting practices in the UK

- the prevalence and patterning of multiple malnutrition in young children in Sub-Saharan Africa.

For more information see the Research tab.


I am interested in supervising PhD students, mainly in the areas of Poverty and Inequality. If you are interested in undertaking a PhD with me and work in these areas, please do get in touch (preferably with a 1 or 2 page proposal).

Board memberships

Social Policy Review (Co-Editor 2019-2022)

Journal of Poverty and Social Justice (Co-Editor)

Multidimensional poverty and poverty dynamics working group (Development Studies Association)

Health Foundation Grant Board

GCRF Grant Board


Professional memberships

  • Social Policy Association
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • SURE accredited (2017) for the use administrative data, how to handle such data safely, lawfully and responsibly

Academic positions

  • Research Associate, University of Bristol
  • Research Analyst, National Foundation for Educational Research

Speaking engagements

  • 2021 Small Area Estimation. Advanced Poverty Research Methods Course, organised by  UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico (online), UoB and University of Cape Town (South Africa)
  • 2021 Housing Affordability and Poverty in Europe. European Network for Housing Research Cconference (online) 
  • 2021 Housing matters: understanding the relationship between housing and poverty, Symposium organiser, Social Policy Association Conference (online)
  • 2021, Visualising Bivariate and Multivariate analysis in R. Methodological Training Workshop for the College de France MSc students. Delivered at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Paris, France.
  • 2019, Finding the Poverty Line. Poverty Research Methods Course, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK.
  • 2019, Measuring Consensual Deprivation. Poverty Research Methods Course, University of Bristol, UK.
  • 2019, Poverty: measurement, context and drivers. Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2019, Poverty: measurement and context. Brasilia University, Brasilia, Brazil.
  • 2019, Survey Estimates: Principles, issues and solutions.  Methodological Training Workshop for the College de France MSc students. Delivered at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Paris, France.
  • 2019, Trends and Patterns of Multiple Malnutrition in Young Children in West and Central Africa. NGO-Academia Collaboration Forum Bristol, Bristol, UK.
  • 2018, Multiple Malnutrition in West and Central Africa. Building Global Partnerships for Global Challenges Symposium. Bristol, UK.
  • 2017, Measuring and Mapping the Prevalence and Patterning of Multiple Malnutrition in Young Children. UNICEF Speaker Series, Kampala, Uganda.
  • 2017, Child Poverty Analysis Training for UNICEF Uganda. UNICEF, Kampala, Uganda.
  • 2016, "Measuring living standards in Europe" Auckland, Auckland University, New Zealand.
  • 2015, "How do European Citizens cope with economic shocks? The longitudinal pattern of curtailment" Net-SILC2 Conference, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • 2014, “A UK Living Standards Index” The 3rd Townsend Memorial Conference, London
  • 2014, "The Extent of Poverty among Parents, and the Relationship with Parenting Practices in the UK" The 3rd Peter Townsend Conference, London, UK.
  • 2014, "Evolution of material deprivation during the crisis" Understanding Changes in Income Inequality in the Austerity Period, Essex University, UK.
  • 2013, Material Deprivation in Europe: Which Expenditures Are Curtailed First? IMPALLA-ESPANET International Conference, Luxemburg.














At present, I make contributions to the following Undergraduate modules:

  • Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics (Year 1, Teaching and 2019 Module Convenor)
  • Introduction to Social and Public Policy (Year 1)
  • Social Research Methods (Year 2, Autumn Module Convenor 2015-2017)
  • Knowing the Social World: Online and Offline surveys (Year 2, Module Convenor, 2016-2019)
  • Poverty and Social Security in the UK (Year 2)
  • Inequalities & the Division of Labour (Year 2)
  • Gender Relations and Society (Year 2)

I also contribute to Introduction to Social and Public Policy and Research Applications.


I convene and teach both semesters of Quantitative Research Method (MSc Social Research Methods) and contribute to Research and Evidence-based Policy and Practice (Professional Doctorate).

I am the course convenor of  Statistics in Government, (MSc Data Analytics for Government).

I am the SSRM and PhD Social Policy Lead.

Recent Projects:

- Supporting Out of school Adolescent girls' Rights and Skills. Project evaluation (Principal Inverstigator) [Oct 2021-ongoing] Funder: CARE Canada

- UK-South Korea Poverty Research Network (Principal Investigator) [Jan 2022- July 2023] Funder: UK Economic and Social Research Council

- Child Poverty in Tanzania. (Principal Investigator) [June 2021- Feb 2022] Funder: UNICEF 

- Housing matters: A comparative study of the relationship between housing and poverty in Europe (Co-Investigator) [Oct 2019 – March 2022] Funder: ESRC

- Feed her Future Nutrition Program Evaluation (Principal Investigator) [Sep 2019 - Dec 2020] Funder: CARE Canada

- Integration of multidimensional child poverty measurements and analysis in national poverty reduction programmes.The Third Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (Principal Investigator) [July 2019 - Oct 2021] Funder: UNICEF (Project description)

-Assessing Multi-Dimensional Poverty in India (Co-Investigator) [Jan 2020 - Feb 2021] Funder: Global Challenges Research Fund (ESRC)

- Understanding and modelling the distribution of the double burden of malnutrition in Peru (Co-Investigator) [Feb 2019 - Feb 2020] Funder: British Council

- Assisting CARE Canada in the development of reliable and valid outcome indicators to assess health and nutrition programme effectiveness in Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique and Ethiopia (Principal Investigator) [Nov - May 2019] Funder: Global Challenges Research Fund (ESRC)

- Explaining malnutrition in Uganda: analysing local food security and expenditure (Principal Investigator) [April- Sep 2018] Funder: Global Challenges Research Fund (ESRC)

- The distribution and dynamics of economic and social wellbeing in the UK: An analysis of the recession using multidimensional indicators of living standards (Co-Investigator) [ongoing: Feb 2017- Aug 2018] Funder: Nuffield Foundation

- Measuring and Mapping the Prevalence and Patterning of Multiple Malnutrition in Young Children in West and Central Africa (Co-Investigator) [ongoing:Feb 2017- April 2018] Funder: ESRC

- Developing training tools to assist National Statistical Offices in Low and Middle Income Countries in the collection of data to assess multidimensional poverty for the Sustainable Development Goals (Co-Applicant) [ongoing] Funder: ESRC Impact Acceleration Account - Global Challanges Fund. See news items here.

-  ‘Getting the measure of poverty in the Philippines and Vietnam’ (Co-Applicant)  [2016] Funder: ESRC Impact Acceleration Account – Global Challenges Fund

- Revising EU material deprivation variables and improving EU-SILC data quality (Co-Applicant) [2014-2016] Funder: EUROSTAT

- College Networking (teaching and research) with University of Auckland (Co-Investigator) [Dec 2016] Funder: Cardiff Uni

- British Academy Newton Advanced Fellowship for Scholarship exchange with Chinese Academy of Social Sciences [ongoing] (Co-Investigator) [ongoing: November 2016 - March 2018] Funder: British Academy

- Impartiality Review of BBC Reporting of Statistics (Advisory Team) [completed 2016] Funder: BBC Trust

- Coping Strategies The longitudinal pattern of curtailment (Co-Investigator) [completed 2014] Funder: European Commission

- Poverty and Social Exclusion Survey 2012 (Research Associate) [completed 2014] Funder: ESRC