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Dr James Doidge
Room 309
Farr Institute for Health Informatics Research
222 Euston Road
Tel: 02031089334
  • Senior Research Associate
  • ICH Pop, Policy & Practice Prog
  • UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

I have been working in health and policy research since 2010, when I completed my Master of Health Economics and Policy at the University of Adelaide and began working in health technology assessment. My first academic appointment was in what would become the Centre for Population Health Research at the University of South Australia, where I completed my PhD in Epidemiology in 2016. I then moved to the UK where I am now Senior Research Associate in the Administrative Data Research Centre for England, University College London. My interests in research methods and evidence-based public policy have led to experience in a wide range of research fields, including child health and development, child protection and the social determinants of health, nutrition, education and crime. My current role focuses on driving forward the utilisation of large linked administrative datasets for research purposes, through development of relevant statistical methods and exemplary studies that demonstrate the potential value of these data.

Research Summary

My current programme of research in the Administrative Data Research Centre for England involves:

  • Methodological research, developing new techniques for data linkage and analysis of linked administrative data
  • Applied research, analysing large administrative datasets including the UK Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), National Pupil Database (NPD), National Down Syndrome Cytogenetic Register (NDSCR), and Office of National Statistics Register of Births, Deaths and Marriages
  • Collaboration with Public Health England, where I hold an honorary appointment to assist with linkage of population health registers and datasets
  • Collaboration with the Ministry of Justice to develop new methods for improved linkage of offending data from the National Police Computer, courts, prisons, and probation services
  • Collaboration with researchers from Australia and the US on a South Australian population data linkage project measuring some of the long-term impacts of child abuse and neglect with data from the South Australian child protection, health and education systems combined with population registers
  • Methodological development of techniques for addressing missing data in prospective longitudinal surveys and clinical trials, and the overlaps between this problem and linkage error in linked administrative data.

Teaching Summary

I teach on the 'Introduction to Data Linkage' course offered through the Administrative Data Research Network. I have previously taught courses in epidemiology, health economics, and health data sources and management at the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia.

DEC-2016 Honorary Senior Research Associate   Public Health England, United Kingdom
SEP-2016 Senior Research Associate Administrative Data Research Centre for England University College London, United Kingdom
JAN-2016 Adjunct Research Associate Centre for Population Health Research University of South Australia, Australia
DEC-2010 – DEC-2015 Research Associate Centre for Population Health Research University of South Australia, Australia
MAY-2010 – NOV-2010 Research Officer Adelaide Health Technology Assessment University of Adelaide, Australia
Academic Background
2016 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Epidemiology and Public Health University of South Australia
2011 MSc Master of Science – Health Economics University of Adelaide
2009 Grad. Cert. Graduate Certificate – Economics University of Adelaide
2008 BSc Bachelor of Science – Health Science University of Adelaide
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