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Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research

Events and activities

Upcoming events

CMI Afternoon Seminar Series- 27 February 2018

We will be joined by Li-Chun Zhang, Professor of Social Statistics at University of Southampton. Full event information here

CMI Afternoon Seminar Series - 10 April 2018

We will be joined by Nikolas Mittag; Assistant Professor at Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education – Economics Institute (CERGE-EI). Full event information here


Previous events 

Compensating for missing data in longitudinal surveys event - 08 May 2017

The Survey Methods and Analysis Group and Statistical Modelling Group held a joint event on 08 May 2017 at the University of Manchester. We were joined by two experts- Professor George Ploubidis and Professor Peter Lugtig - who presented their work on the topic of compensating for missing data in longitudinal surveys.

George is Professor of Population Health and Statistics in the Department of Social Science at UCL and currently holds the posts of Research Director and Chief Statistician at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies. Peter is an Associate Professor at the department of 'Methods and Statistics' at Utrecht University, The Netherlands, where he specializes in survey methodology and the analysis of longitudinal survey data.


SMAG Methodology Seminar 3 – 01 March 2016

Gabi Durrant from the University of Southampton spoke on ‘Assessing risk of nonresponse bias and dataset representativeness during survey data collection’.  

SMAG Methodology Seminar 2 – 15 December 2015

Nikos Tzavidis from the University of Southampton spoke on ‘Domain Prediction of Complex Indicators – Model-based Methods and Robustness’.

4th International Workshop: Advances in Adaptive and Responsive Survey Design at the University of Manchester - 9-10 November 2015

There were 40 participants to the international workshop from the following countries:  United States, Italy, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Norway, Sweden and  Australia. The participants included distinguished speakers:  Prof. Rod Little  and Prof. Jim Lepkowski from the University of Michigan,  Prof. Carl Sarndal from Stockholm University,  Prof.  Roger Tourangeau from  Westat, United States, Prof. Peter Lynn from the University of Essex, UK, Peter Miller from the US Census Bureau and  Prof. David Steel from the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Careers in Statistics – 04 March 2015

Targeted at Biostatisticians this talk was led by Professor Natalie Shlomo. Talking about careers in government statistics, Natalie drew on experiences to brief MSc and PhD students on the complexities and rigours of such a role.

SMAG Methodology Seminar 1 – 22 January 2015

Ton De Waal from Statistics Netherlands and the University of Tilburg spoke on ‘Edit Restrictions in Statistical Data Editing and Imputation’. There were collaborative efforts by the three main statistics groups at the University of Manchester: Social Statistics, Biostatistics and Mathematical Statistics to publicise and attend seminars and events. There was a good turnout for the methodology seminar with over 25 participants.

Showcasing Research  in Survey Methods and Statistical Modelling – 03 November 2014

Over 60 participants attended the CMIST kick-off event, which sponsored by the Survey Methods and Analysis and Statistical Modelling Groups. Harvey Goldstein spoke on ‘Linkage is Really a Missing Data Problem: a Bayesian Approach’; Natalie Shlomo spoke on ‘Statistical Disclosure Control Methods and Measurement Error’; David Steel spoke on ‘Efficient Survey Design using Split Questionnaires’; Mark Tranmer spoke on ‘Multiple Membership Multiple Classification Models for Multilevel Network Dependencies, with an Application to Heath Data’.