The International Conference for Administrative Data Research is a growing annual event aimed at researchers who use administrative data to better understand populations and societies. The 2018 conference is being hosted by Queen’s University, Belfast. Queen’s University dates from 1845 and is a member of the Russell Group.

Belfast is a compact city in a remarkable setting, standing next to the Irish sea cradled amongst steep hills.  It has the civic buildings and sculptures, pedestrian shopping, parks, theatres, museums, concert halls expected in any European capital.  It is famed as the city that built the Titanic and a new visitor attraction celebrating Belfast’s shipbuilding history opened in 2012.  Rural and coastal areas of the north of Ireland offer some of the best and most diverse scenery in the British Isles, rich in archaeology and history.  The Ulster Scots and Irish traditions have produced outstanding engineers, scientists, writers, musicians and sports people as well as innumerable migrants to America, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

This years conference will focus on four substantive themes reflecting core societal challenges:

Children and Education: This theme covers research that examines the social and economic issues that determine educational, skills, well-being, and other outcomes for children as they reach adulthood and beyond.

The World of Work: The World of Work Theme focusses on the labour market experience of those in, and out, of work.

Growing Old: examines the social and economic issues for individuals, and for society and the economy, as people transition through the period leading up to and beyond retirement.

Health and Wellbeing: This theme focuses on health and well-being across the life-course as an outcome of or a predictor of other socioeconomic states and trajectories. Research that considers either mental or physical health, or the relationship between them, will be in scope.

And two streams on methodology:

Methodological Challenges and Innovations: In this theme we are interested in research utilising or developing cutting edge methodology including quasi experimental design approaches, regression discontinuity, sibling studies, and instrumental variables.

Engagement and co-design: This theme covers research with methodologies using models of co-production: integrated multi stakeholder research teams with academia or government, members of the public and/or VCSE representatives.