Q-Step Centre at UCL



The Q-Step Centre Team brings together social data science expertise from across UCL.
James Cheshire

Professor James Cheshire


James is Professor of Geographic Information and Cartography in the Department of Geography. His research focuses on the use of “big” and open datasets for the study of social science. He has published on a variety of topics including the use of cycle hire schemes, the spatial analysis of surnames and new ways to visualise population data. James is the recipient of a number of major awards from the Royal Geographical Society, The North American Cartographic Information Society and British Cartographic Society. He is co-author of the critically acclaimed books London: The Information Capital and Where the Animals Go. 


Dr Tom O'Grady


Tom is a political scientist who uses quantitative methods to understand the opinions, behaviour and ideologies of citizens and politicians. His research has focused in particular on using 'big data', including computational text analysis and large-scale aggregation of public opinion surveys across time and space. He also has research and teaching expertise in the use of experimental and quasi-experimental methods in the social sciences. At the moment, his research focuses on how British voters and politicians have changed the way that they speak and think about the benefits system and its users.

Maria Sironi

Dr Maria Sironi


Maria is a social demographer and she uses quantitative methods to study the transition to adulthood, including determinants and consequences of different life course trajectories. She just completed a research project that looked at how different fertility and partnership trajectories influence both mental and physical health of older people in the United Kingdom, United States, and several other European countries. She is also interested in the role of internet and technology for demographic outcomes. Before joining UCL in June 2015, Maria was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Oxford University and Nuffield College, and she completed a PhD in Demography in 2013 at University of Pennsylvania.

Stephen Jivraj

Dr Stephen Jivraj


Stephen is Associate Professor in Quantitative Social Science based in the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care. He researches social and spatial inequalities with a specific focus on how places impact on health and wellbeing across the life course. His substantive and methodological expertise form the cornerstone to his teaching. Stephen has extensive experience of longitudinal data analysis using panel and cohort studies, such as the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing and the National Child Development Study. He teaches on the Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods and Data Analysis modules.

Ozan Aksoy

Dr Ozan Aksoy


Ozan Aksoy is Associate Professor of Social Science at UCL Social Research Institute. Previously Ozan was a research fellow at Nuffield College and the Department of Sociology, University of Oxford. Ozan holds a PhD in quantitative sociology from the ICS research school of Utrecht University. His research interests include cooperation, trust, and religious behaviour. He uses game theory, statistical and computational methods, and laboratory and natural experiments as research tools. Ozan is the recipient of the 2019 Raymond Boudon Award for Early Career Achievement of the European Academy of Sociology.

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Dr Anwar Musah

Anwar Musah is a lecturer at UCL's Department of Geography. He has attained a PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health from the University of Nottingham, where his thesis explored the impacts of environmental exposure to harmful soil heavy metals and cancer risk in the British population. Broadly, his research interests focus on the application of statistical modelling, geospatial analysis and data science to public health and social sciences (with a regional focus on the Global South). His interdisciplinary background to date has led him to apply these primarily to areas of infectious disease epidemiology (e.g., cholera, COVID-19, soil-transmitted helminths & schistosomiasis) and medical entomology (e.g., surveillance of arboviruses in Brazil). He has a growing interest in areas of fire hazards & safety and quantitative criminology from an African perspective.


Dr Igor Tkalec

Igor Tkalec is a Lecturer in Social Data Science at UCL. His research interest intersects political economy, social policy, and research methods with an emphasis on data science. His current research focuses on data storytelling and the utility of machine learning models for answering pressing social issues. He has taught social science research design, introduction to statistics and econometrics, data storytelling, and international political economy. 

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Julia de Romemont

Julia is a Lecturer in Quantitative Research Methods at at UCL's Department of Political Scinece.