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Mr Ashley Akbari

Mr Ashley Akbari

Senior Research Manager & Data Scientist, Medicine

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 513492

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Research Links

Cellular Office - 306
Third Floor
Data Science Building
Singleton Campus


Ashley Akbari is a Senior Research Manager & Data Scientist at Swansea University, Health Data Research UK (HDR-UK) Wales & Northern Ireland , Administrative Data Research (ADR) Wales, Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (NFJO) Data Partnership & others. Ashley has experience of working on a variety of data linkage and research projects with a background in computing and various research disciplines which have evolved over time with his experience of working with anonymised data within SAIL Databank since 2008, as well as other data from the UK nations, and as part of projects with the NHS, government, policy and others. Ashley both delivers his own research as well as working with analysts and researchers in both the development and pursuit of their project’s and research, and supports their continued development and training, championing translation of research outcomes into policy across academia, government and the NHS.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Population Data Science
  • Population Health
  • Public Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Routine data & linkage
  • Structured Query Language (SQL)
  • Project and Programme Management
  • Agile project management

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Ashley has an interest in teaching and developing the next generation of data scientists and researchers through a mix of theory and practical opportunities, and supports and develops expertise through a mix of mediums including formal teaching, workshop settings and project delivery. Ashley also leads the organisation and delivery of the Population Data Science Internship programme which provides undergraduate and postgraduate students and opportunity to develop their skills through a funded placement during their summer break between academic years, becoming part of a world leading research team delivering and developing technical, research, and other research outcomes.


Ashley’s research interests covers several areas linked to population data science, and works with multi-disciplinary teams and organisations in the use of data to answer policy relevant questions, and improve services and outcomes for people for the people of Wales and the UK.


Ashley collaborates with a wide range of organisations across the UK, including those from NHS, Social Care, Public Health, Academia, Government and Charities. Involved in projects with collaborators in Australia and Canada and across Europe utilising the SAIL Databank.