Big Data and Social Policy focus of October 24 Research Colloquium

Philip Gillingham
Dr. Philip Gillingham

The Falk College Research Center will host a research colloquium, “Big Data and Social Policy: Current and Future Developments,” with Dr. Philip Gillingham from The University of Queensland, Australia, on Wednesday, October 24 from 12:00 to 1:15 p.m. in Falk Complex, 335 White Hall.

Both government and non-government social welfare agencies around the world have been collecting data about service users and service delivery in electronic information systems for many years, as have other government agencies such as health, education, and criminal justice. New methods to combine these datasets and to analyze large amounts of data have emerged in recent years and been labelled big data. Following developments in health, big data approaches are being applied to the data from the social welfare sector but thus far, there has been only limited success and some expensive mistakes.

Drawing from his extensive research experience and knowledge, Dr. Gillingham will explain what big data is, how it works and explore recent developments in how the approach has been applied around the world in the social welfare sector. He will also identify key areas for research and the challenges for the future development of big data in the sector.

Dr. Gillingham is prolific researcher of social work practice based at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. He was awarded the prestigious Discovery Early Career Research Award and Future Fellowship by the Australian Research Council. His research investigates technological developments in social welfare agencies and their impacts on social work practice. He is an expert in the field of child welfare and protection. Dr. Gillingham has also practiced social work for 16 years in a wide range of settings in both England and Australia.

The Falk College Research Center helps foster a vibrant disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research community within the College, facilitates individual and collaborative scholarly research by faculty, and supports student research opportunities.

Lunch will be served at the October 24 colloquium. Please RSVP by October 17, 2018 to Katie Gratien at or (315) 443-5929. If you require accommodations, please contact Katie Gratien by October 17.

For more information on “Big Data and Social Policy: Current and Future Developments” and other upcoming research colloquiums, visit the Research Center website.