Dr Alasdair Rutherford is a Senior Lecturer in Social Statistics at the University of Stirling. His research focus is the analysis of administrative and survey data in the fields of health, social care and the third sector. He has also been involved in a number of initiatives to build data analysis skills amongst third sector practitioners.
Alasdair's academic background includes economics, sociology, psychology and artificial intelligence. Prior to becoming an academic, Alasdair worked for seven years in marketing and fundraising for a large social care charity.
Alasdair's research is mainly applied econometric work using large national datasets, including both social surveys and administrative data. His research interests include labour economics, charities and nonprofits, health & ageing, social care, and volunteering, with an emphasis on the implications for public policy.
Alasdair is interested in research collaborations and PhD students projects in the fields of:
third sector: measurement, employment, volunteering, risk & resilience, regulation
health and ageing: employment, care, retirement
social care: measurement, costs, workforce
data: methods, visualisation, capacity building
games: sociology of games, use of games in teaching