Data Science Building
Professor David Ford

Professor David Ford

Professor of Informatics, Health Data Science

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 513404

Email address

Cellular Office - 402
Fourth Floor
Data Science Building
Singleton Campus


Professor David Ford is Professor of Informatics at Swansea University and Director of Population Data Science based in Swansea University Medical School.  

Professor Ford has won over £70m in new research projects and infrastructure grants awarded by high-esteem funders in recent years. He is Principal Investigator (PI) of the Administrative Data Research Wales (ADRC Wales), a £7.2m investment into Wales by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of its Big Data initiative. He is the PI of the UK Multiple Sclerosis Register (funded by MS Society); Joint PI of the Family Justice Data Partnership (funded by Nuffield Foundation); Deputy Director of the Substantive Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) for Wales and Northern Ireland; Chief Data Officer for BREATHE - The Health Research Hub for Respiratory Health.

Professor Ford is also the Co-Founder and Director of the Secure Anonymised Information Linkage (SAIL) Databank, and the Secure e-Research Platform (SeRP), which is increasingly used by researchers and data custodians around the world to safely curate and share the data.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Health Informatics
  • eHealth
  • Health Services
  • Population Health
  • Data Protection and Privacy Protection
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Administrative Data

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Professor Ford teaches data infrastructure, data reuse for research, and information governance.

Research Award Highlights