Data Science Building
Professor David Ford

Professor David Ford

Personal Chair, Biomedical Sciences

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 513404

Email address

Research Links

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.


Professor Ford’s research interests focus on developing new ways of harnessing the potential of routinely-collected information from healthcare and other public sector organisations, including academia and government.

His research and innovation team develops carefully designed socio-technical systems that can overcome the barriers to data sharing. These include a focus on automation and machine approaches to reduce workload, increase efficiency and reduce turnaround times; systems to automate probabilistic data linkage; and the creation of high-trust environments under full governance control, to reduce risk and increase transparency during data sharing activities.

Award Highlights

Professor Ford is named  DataIQ 100 most influential people in data and analytics for 2021.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA).