We're delighted to announce our main speakers:


Keynote:  Professor Sir Adrian Smith

'What the new frontiers of data science and AI may mean for social research'

Adrian Smith is Director and Chief Executive of The Alan Turing Institute, which he joined in 2018. His previous role was Vice-Chancellor of the University of London where he was in post from 2012. He was Director General, Knowledge and Innovation in BIS (now BEIS) between 2008-2012. Professor Smith has worked with the UK Higher Education Funding and Research Councils and was appointed Deputy Chair of the UK Statistics Authority from September 2012. In 2014, he was appointed Chair of the Board of the Diamond Synchrotron at Harwell and in 2018, a board member of the UK Atomic Energy Authority.

Professor Smith is a past President of the Royal Statistical Society and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2001 in recognition of his contribution to statistics.  He received a knighthood in the 2011 New Year Honours list


Plenary speaker:  Professor Pamela Cox

'I will share my own experiences of designing, conducting, and leading interdisciplinary research, drawing on my recent projects spanning sociology, social history, law criminology, clinical psychology and social work. I will suggest that successful interdisciplinary collaborative work relies on communication, clarity, compromise, and engaged reflexivity between specialisms.'

Pamela Cox is a social historian at the University of Essex.  She has written and co-authored several books on social history and crime history.  She has co-written and presented two BBC TV series on the history of work: Servants (2012) and Shopgirls (2014).  Pamela is chair of the editorial board of Cultural and Social History and a co-editor of the new BSA/Policy Press series 21st Century Standpoints. She served as Dean of the Graduate School at Essex University from 2009-13 and is currently Essex Sociology lead for ESRC SeNSS doctoral training partnership. She is a founder member of the Essex Women's Network and a mentor for the Aurora women's programme within the Leadership Foundation.


Plenary speaker:  Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh

'I will outline why public and stakeholder involvement in tackling climate change is critical, and why we need to work both across and beyond academic and organisational boundaries, to enable knowledge creation and action to address climate change.  I will provide examples of how this has been done effectively, and how we aim to co-produce learning and action in our new UK Centre’.

Lorraine Whitmarsh is an environmental psychologist, specialising in perceptions and behaviour in relation to climate change, energy and transport, based in the School of Psychology, Cardiff University. She is Director of the new ESRC-funded UK Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST). She regularly advises governmental and other organisations on low-carbon behaviour change and climate change communication. Her research projects have included studies of energy efficiency behaviours, waste reduction and carrier bag reuse, perceptions of smart technologies and electric vehicles, low-carbon lifestyles, and responses to climate change. 


      And the Conference Chair:  Jil Mathson

Following a career in social research and statistics, Jil Matheson served as National Statistician, Head of the Government Statistical Service and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority from 2009 until her retirement in 2014, While National Statistician, Jil Chaired OECD's Committee on Statistics and Statistical Policy and the UN Statistical Commission.  Jil is now a Trustee of NatCen, Hon Secretary of the Academy of Social Science, Deputy Chair of the Office for Tackling Injustices, and a Board member of the Sports Ground Safety Authority. She is a member of the Royal Society's Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education.