Principal Investigator, Professor Kevin Schürer

Kevin began his career at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, University of Cambridge, before moving a teaching position at the Department of History, University of Essex, also serving as Research Director and Director of the Centre for Local and Regional History. From 2000 until 2010, Kevin was Director of the UK Data Archive (UKDA) and the Economic and Social Data Service.

An Academician of the Academy for the Social Sciences, Kevin is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Statistical Society (RSS), and a Senior Member of Wolfson College, Cambridge. He has served on behalf of the ESRC and AHRC as the UK representative for the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructure (ESFRI) working group in Social Science and Humanities and was previously President of the Council of European Social Science Data Archives.

He is also a member of the British Library’s Advisory Council, the Research Libraries Network Advisory Committee, and several other the national and international committees. He recently acted as PI on a European Commission-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 (ERIC).

His research interests include: historical demography and household structure; internal migration in Victorian and Edwardian England; historical methodology; data enhancement databases; data archiving and digital preservation, and onomastics, local history and regional identity.

In 2010 he became Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) at the University of Leicester where he also holds a chair in the Centre for English Local History.

Co-investigator, Professor Edward Higgs, University of Essex, Department of History

Edward studied modern history at the University of Oxford, completing there in 1978 his doctoral research on the history of nineteenth-century domestic service. This was based on the sampling of English census returns for the period 1851 to 1871.

He was an assistant keeper of the public records at the Public Record Office, now the National Archives, in London from 1978 to 1993. It was here that he wrote his guide to the Victorian census returns, Making Sense of the Census. He was latterly responsible at the PRO for policy relating to the archiving of electronic records.

He was a senior research fellow at the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine of the University of Oxford, 1993-1996, and a lecturer at the University of Exeter from 1996 to 2000.

He then joined the History Department at the University of Essex, where he is now Professor in History. He is also a member of the University of Essex’s Research Strategy Committee, and Deputy Dean (Strategic Development) in the Faculty of Humanities.

He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. His early published work was on Victorian domestic service, although he has written widely on the history of censuses and surveys, civil registration, women’s work, the impact of the digital revolution on archives, and history of the information state.

One of his current research interests is the history of identification in Britain over the last 500 years. In conjunction with Professor Jane Caplan of the University of Oxford he helped to establish an international network of historians active in this field of the history of identification Identinet. This network was funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

He has been the chair of the Local Population Studies Society; administrative editor of the journal Gender and History; and a member of the electronics records committee of the United Nations International Congress on Archives.

Project manager, Nicola Farnworth

Nicola enjoyed a long and successful career in corporate information technology services, specializing in project leadership, systems design, and data analysis.

In 2004 she became the Coordinator of the Canadian Century Research Infrastructure project at York University, Canada, planning and managing the construction of microdata and contextual data databases, with further responsibilities for data and system testing and verification. She was project manager for I-CeM from 2009 to 2011. She is now lead member of the business transformation programme at Cambridge Assessment, a department of the University of Cambridge.

Research Officers

Dr Jamie Collins

Jamie worked in ONS before joining the I-CeM team as technical support in 2009.

Ms Lisa Gardner

Lisa was an undergraduate and masters student at Essex, and is currently doing a PhD dissertation in the Department of History on ‘Manhood, Masculinities and the Martyrs of Tudor England’. She has undertaken work for the I-CeM Guide.

Dr Mitch Goodrum

Mitch received his PhD from the University of Essex in 2011 with a thesis on ‘Representations of masculinity in the superhero film post 9/11’. He is a part-time teacher in the Essex History Department. He worked on Scottish occupations for the I-CeM occupational matrix.

Dr Christine Jones

Christine previously worked as a Research Assistant in the Arts and Humanities Data Service of the UK Data Archive, and before that with Kevin Schürer on the Victorian Panel Study, which was in a sense a pilot project for I-CeM. She is also secretary to the Local Population Studies Society and a member of the editorial board of the journal Local Population Studies.

Along with Amanda Wilkinson she was responsible for planning and carrying out the work of the I-CeM project to evaluate, reconcile and code the data in the collection.

Dr Amanda Wilkinson

Amanda is an alumni of he University of Essex having been awarded her BA in History and Sociology (Class 1 Hons) in 2007, and an MA in Cultural and Social History (Distinction) in 2008.

Amanda was awarded the University of Essex Silberrad Scholarship in 2008 and received her PhD (with a thesis on women’s work in the 19th century census)from Essex University in 2012. She has worked as a researcher for a local heritage trust and conducts independent genealogical research. She is now the Economic History Society Power Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, 2013-14.

Along with Christine Jones she was responsible for planning and carrying out the work of the I-CeM project to evaluate, reconcile and code the data in the collection.

External Contributors

  • Professor Michael Anderson, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Corinne Roughley, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Max Satchell, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Sir Tony Wrigley, University of Cambridge

Coding Assistants

A large team of Coding Assistants was hired from the local student population to assist with the coding of occupations, birthplaces, and other census variables across the integrated data collection.

UK Data Archive

Members of the UKDA who have helped put the I-CeM data online included:

  • Mus Ahmet
  • Hilary Beedham
  • Oscar Davao Jimenez
  • Mike King
  • John Shepherdson
  • Veerle Van Den Eynden