Business and Local Government Data Research

Our team

"As a 'Data Evangelist' I combine the professional services aspects of my role with my academic research colleagues to help drive fundamental and applied research..."

Areas of specialism

  • Project management
  • Optimisation of business operations
  • Scrum Master

Biography

Nigel is a perceptive and commercially astute project manager with over 20 years’ experience leading and implementing academic research, technical and change transformation projects to align to a specific target operating model.

Passionate about business process improvement, process mapping, root cause analysis and planning and implementation, Nigel enables the successful delivery of the Centre, liaising with staff at both a strategic and operational level.

How you bring data to life

As the project manager, I am a “Servant Leader” and “Systems Thinker” using a combination of these characteristics to conceptualise through the lens of our stakeholders, how data can be transformed into business insight to make better informed decisions and polices across the public, private and charity sectors.

What you bring to the Centre

As a “Data Evangelist” I combine the professional services aspects of my role with my academic research colleagues to help drive fundamental and applied research for the advancement of our research streams, stakeholders, contribution to the wider academic community and the University of Essex.

"I bring my vast experience of working on research projects of different genres, including working for governments, companies, and academic research..."

Areas of specialism

  • Data Science
  • Social Science
  • Programming

Biography

Dr Smruti Bulsari has rich and diverse experience in research spanning areas such as economic development, human development, early childhood education, public health and more.

As an award winning researcher with over 16 years experience, Dr Bulsari specialises in field surveys, data analysis and big data. She has taught microeconomics, research methodology, qualitative research, statistical analysis, data mining and the use of specialist software such as R, SPSS and Gretl.

Dr Bulsari has co-authored books on SPSS and R and continues to give fascinating research driven public talks on issues pertaining to women’s empowerment and health.

How you bring data to life

By making use of the data and discerning patterns that would be helpful to the policy makers – both in government and in the companies.

What you bring to the Centre

My vast experience of working on research projects of different genres, including working for the state government, district government, companies and independent academic research and a long teaching experience at various levels in a State University in India. I also bring in my skills of using data science tools and software.

"I bring a knowledge of stakeholder’s needs, challenges and opportunities as well as the ability to bring together decision maker to influence policy and inform practice nationally."

Areas of specialism

  • Public sector
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Translating research into societal impact for public, not-for-profit and private sectors

Biography

Laura leads stakeholder engagement and publicity for the Centre. She specialises in public sector and has experience working in the NHS at a commissioning level.

Using a range of communication platforms and facilitating challenge labs, Laura enables organisations across the UK to benefit from academic expertise through fundamental and applied research.

How you bring data to life

I act as an enabler, helping organisations to benefit from the effective use of analytics and research, empowering them to translate the information into meaningful change for society.

What you bring to the Centre

I bring a knowledge of stakeholder’s needs, challenges and opportunities as well as the ability to bring together decision maker to influence policy and inform practice nationally.

Get in touch
Business and Local Government Data Research Centre Knowledge Gateway University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ