Former director honoured for contributions to social sciences

Article dated: 23 August 2011

Kevin Schürer is due to receive the 2011 Warren E. Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Social Sciences later this year.

The award was announced by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), a leading data archive based at the University of Michigan. The award was initiated in 1993 to recognise those who have had a profound impact on social science research and infrastructure. It is named for Warren E. Miller, a founder of ICPSR and its first Executive Director. ICPSR will present the award, along with the William H. Flanigan Award for Distinguished Service, at a biennial meeting of representatives in October.

Schürer was Director of the UK Data Archive from 2000 to 2010 and Director of ESDS from its founding in 2003 to 2010. He now serves as Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) at the University of Leicester. He is an Academician of the Academy for the Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and Royal Geographical Society.

He recently acted as principal investigator on an EC-funded project seeking to create a more fully integrated social science data infrastructure across Europe via the establishment of a new European Research Infrastructure Consortium.

In 2009 he received a major award from the ESRC to create a standardised and harmonised version of the censuses for Great Britain for 1851 to 1911 (the I-CeM project), working with a commercial partner to create one of the largest historical data resources in the world.

His research interests include historical demography and household structure; internal migration in Victorian and Edwardian England; historical methodology; data enhancement databases; and data archiving.