About Us

About the NILS-RSU Project

Meet the team

Dr Ian Shuttleworth

Principal Investigator

Research Interests: Migration and mobility.

Dr Estelle Lowry

Research Fellow

Research Interests: bio-psycho-social modelling of health, health geography. Current work: health effects of social isolation, socio-economic determinants of obesity.

Prof Duncan McVicar


Research Interests: economics of the labour market, social policy, health and health behaviours. Current work: dynamic relationships between disability, employment and benefit claiming; the impacts of zero hours contracts on workers; and the health impacts of pollution.

Dr John Moriarty


Research Interests: development of social roles, particularly within organisations, and the outworkings this has for individuals’ mental health and wellbeing.

Dr Aideen Maguire


Research Interests: mental health, administrative data analysis

Prof Tony Gallagher


Research Interests: education

Research Support Unit NISRA

Provision of guidance on application process, variable information, accessing the safe setting, data pathways and Research Approvals Group.

Active Users

Dermot O'Reilly

Administrative health data research

David Wright

Administrative health data research

Michael Rosato

Epidemiology and Public Health

Alternative Datasets

Project News

How to write a successful NILS application

We hope you are all staying safe and well during these times. Now, more than ever, health and social research will be essential to understanding and shaping the economic and societal recovery as we emerge...

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COVID-19 Update

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the secure research room in Colby House has now closed until further notice. We thank you for your patience and understanding and will endeavour to keep you updated with...

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Data-Driven Society: Symposium Report

In January 2020, 85 delegates from local and central government, the voluntary, community and enterprise sector, academia and other interest groups attended the NILS collaborative symposium, Data-Driven Society: People, Places and Policy in Belfast City...

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