The Administrative Data Research Network was an ESRC-funded project that ran from October 2013 to July 2018. It is currently at the end of its funding cycle and is no longer taking applications. Administrative data research will be taken forward in a new project, which was launched at the end of 2018.

Visit the Administrative Data Research Partnership for further information. 

This archival website reflects the state of play at the end of the project in July 2018. All content has been frozen and may not be up to date.

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Dr Dermot O’Reilly

Dermot is Director of the Administrative Data Research Centre in Northern Ireland. He is based at the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast, specialises in Public Health and Social Epidemiology and has carried out extensive research into health inequalities. His interests focus on the effective use of routine data collections to further our understanding of disease and social causes and how this affects society.

Phone: 028 9097  8951

Professor Gerry Leavey

Professor Leavey is Deputy Director of the ADRC-NI. He is also Director of the Bamford Centre in Ulster University. Prior to this he lived in London, serving as the Director of Research for Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust and as a researcher in the Department of Mental Health Sciences, University College London. A social scientist, he has a BSc in Policy Studies (University of North London), an MSc in Public Health (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and a PhD in Medical Sociology (University College London).  He is currently Co-Lead for the Clinical Research Network in Mental Health (Northern Ireland).

His research career has predominantly focussed on mental health services, particularly in the field of illness and help-seeking behaviour. He has published widely on service pathways and access by minority and disadvantaged populations. His work ranges from epidemiological studies on ethnic elders and refugee children to qualitative investigations of community level agencies such as schools and faith based organisations and their role in the recognition and management of mental illness.


Tel: 028 716 75245

Dr Frances Burns

Before taking up the project manager role here, Frances was Project Manager for the Northern Ireland Cohort for the Longitudinal Study of Ageing, Northern Ireland’s largest public health research project. She also completed a PhD which addressed the multidimensional outcomes from Northern Ireland health and social care research and the factors which influence them. Frances is looking forward to engaging with colleagues across Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, and is based at Queen’s University Belfast.


Elizabeth Nelson Gorman

Elizabeth is based in the School of Nursing at Ulster University, and was previously the Parliamentary and Campaigns Officer for the Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities. She also completed a Master of Laws in Human Rights Law. She has extensive experience in engaging with vulnerable and disadvantaged communities, and enhancing the participation of these groups in politics. Elizabeth is excited to work in outreach for the Administrative Data Research Centre in Northern Ireland because she believes in the power of research to create positive change.


Phone: 077 8832 0298

Katy Karnell

Katy is providing maternity cover for Elizabeth.  Being a global nomad, Katy recently relocated to Belfast after living and working in Tanzania, Botswana, and most recently, Mexico.  After earning an M.A. in Communications, she has spent nearly 20 years in the field of communications, producing educational documentaries, conducting research projects, and producing a variety of communication materials and events.  She enjoys engaging and collaborating with people from all sectors of society on initiatives that are aimed at improving people's health and their communities.  She is pleased to be here at the ADRC-NI because she believes in the power of using data to enable evidenced-based policy and programme initiatives. 


Phone: 078 7346 4409

Samantha Livingstone

Project Administrator, (web editor)

Phone: 028 9097 8951


Dr David Wright (until March 2018)

Statistical Methodological Officer


Finola Ferry

Statistical Methodological Officer

Orla Bateson

Orla is the of the Head of Research Support Unit (RSU), NISRA


Phone: 02890 348189


Chris Snoddy

Chris is the User Services Manager of the Research Support Unit, NISRA


Phone: 02890 348151


Page last updated: 25/07/2018