Professor Felix Ritchie

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About me

I am an applied economist with particular research interests in

  • the use, quality and accessibility of government data, and its policy application
  • labour economics, particularly low pay
  • data management, data confidentiality, security and access
  • statistical disclosure control, privacy and identification
  • decision-making in the public sector
  • alcohol and drugs policies

I joined UWE in June 2012 after working in a range of jobs in the public and private sector in the UK and abroad. I work extensively with lawyers, psychologists, criminologists, sociologists and HRM experts as much of my work is inherently multidisciplinary. I have extensive experience of working with government departments to ensure that research is relevant, policy-oriented and accessible to non-specialists.

Since joining UWE, I have led and won competitive tenders for work from the ESRC; Eurostat; the Low Pay Commission, the Department for Business, Industry and Skills; the Office for National Statistics; the Intellectual Property Office; the Australian Bureau of Social Services; the Hellenic Statistical Authority; and the Wellcome Trust. I am contracted to provide consultancy to the Administrative Data Service and Eurostat. I have also acted as a technical Expert Witness in the civil courts.

I am Prinicipal Investigator for the ADRUK-funded Wage and Employment Dynamics project

A list of publications can be found at More information on confidentiality and privacy work can be found at

I am keen to supervise PhDs in the areas of data management and confidentiality, goverment and governance, and low pay and earnings.

Area of expertise

Stata; low pay; minimum wage; apprentice pay; labor economicsconfidentiality; data securitydata access; confidential data; alcohol policy; drug policy; migration; evidence-based policymaking; quality and interpretation of government data; decision-making in government; data management; the Five Safes


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