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Dr Marco Pomati

Dr Marco Pomati

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 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.


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).

Editorial Board memberships

Radical Statistics

Social Policy Review

Professional memberships

  • 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

  • 2019, Poverty: measurement, context and drivers. Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2019, Poverty: measurement and context. Brasilia University, Brazil
  • 2019, Survey Estimates: Principles, issues and solutions.  Methodological Training Workshop.University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
  • 2019, Trends and Patterns of Multiple Malnutrition in Young Children in West and Central Africa. NGO-Academia Collaboration Forum Bristol.
  • 2018, Multiple Malnutrition in West and Central Africa. Building Global Partnerships for Global Challenges Symposium. Bristol.
  • 2017, Measuring and Mapping the Prevalence and Patterning of Multiple Malnutrition in Young Children. UNICEF Speaker Series, Uganda (Kampala).
  • 2017, Child Poverty Analysis Training for UNICEF Uganda. Uganda (Kampala), UNICEF
  • 2016, "Measuring living standards in Europe" Auckland, Auckland University
  • 2015, "How do European Citizens cope with economic shocks? The longitudinal pattern of curtailment" Net-SILC2 Conference, Lisbon
  • 2013, The Extent of Poverty among Parents, and the Relationship with Parenting Practices in the UK. 3rd Peter Townsend Conference, London.
  • 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)
  • 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 )
  • 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).

Recent Projects:

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

- 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

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

- 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