Watch now: ADR UK Conference 2023 videos

The conference focused on the theme of Public data for resilience and inclusion: Using administrative data to inform policy and practice in challenging times. Throughout the week, delegates discussed and demonstrated how research using administrative data ultimately improves lives.

If you missed it or want to revisit the week’s events, you can watch videos of the highlights and keynotes below.

Dr Emma Gordon, Director of ADR UK, said: “Each and every person who attended the conference contributes towards advancing linked data research for the public good. It was a privilege to see these delegates come together to share their experiences and expertise. I hope these videos help to convey all the rich discussions that took place.”

Bill South, Deputy Director of the Research Services and Data Access Division at ONS, said: “I thought there was a great atmosphere throughout the conference – a real buzz about the varied and important work we are all involved in. The thought-provoking keynote talks were all well received and really addressed the sub-themes of the conference.”


Throughout the conference, delegates could choose from a wide range of talks to attend, where presenters shared their research. During the lunch breaks delegates networked with each other and engaged with sponsors and exhibitors. Presenters also showcased their research at the evening poster reception.

The below video features these highlights from the conference, including interviews with presenters and delegates on how they found the week.  

Keynote speeches

We heard from four keynote speakers who explored each of the conference subthemes. Conference delegates also had the opportunity to ask their own questions.

Professor Marion Oswald MBE is a Professor of Law at Northumbria University and part-time Senior Research Associate at the Alan Turing Institute. Marion’s talk explored the intricacies and ethics surrounding using data and AI for decision-making, as well as the legal and social implications of this.

Professor Peter Mackie is a Professor in the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University. Peter discussed how issues related to homelessness could be addressed via effective data linkage, methods, systems and technology, and warned of the real-world repercussions when these are inadequately designed or administered.

Ed Humpherson is Director General for Regulation at the UK Statistics Authority and Head of the Office for Statistics Regulation. Ed focused on how statistics – particularly population data – should be viewed in a wider context and connected to people. He spoke of how an increasing number of organisations now carry out public engagement and involvement as a priority to build trustworthiness and value in data linkage.

Professor Rohini Mathur is Chair of Health Data Science at Queen Mary University of London. Rohini presented on the importance of research to address public health challenges and support renewal, recovery and resilience – especially in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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