Dr Alasdair Rutherford
Person photo Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Methods
Sociology/Social Pol&Criminology

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Colin Bell Building, University of Stirling
United Kingdom

Email: alasdair.rutherford@stir.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1786 466409
Fax: +44 (0)1786 467469

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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 sits on the Scottish Third Sector Research Forum; is a member of the Scottish Informatics and Linkage Collaboration Strategic Management Board; and is a board member of Age Scotland.
His teaching with the Faculty of Social Sciences includes quantitative methods; data visualisation; and volunteering & the voluntary sector.  Alasdair teaches on the MSc Applied Social Research; the MSc Social Statistics; and the BA (Hons) Sociology & Social Policy.

Research Interests:
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

Within the Faculty of Social Sciences, Alasdair is a member of the Social Statistics & Social Surveys research group; the Dementia & Social Gerontology research group; and the Public Services & Governance research group.

PhD Supervision

Current PhD Students

  • Diarmuid McDonnell  “Risk and Resilience in Scottish Charities”
  • Tom Wallace   “Trust in Government Data: Users and Stakeholders”
  • Paul Henery  "Pathways through Care: Health, Social Care and Multimorbidity"
  • Elizabeth Lemmon "Understanding the Link Between Health and Social Care: A Quantitative Approach"
  • Nadya Essam  "Using Early Warning Scores to support paramedic decision-making: modelling and improving efectiveness of prehospital ambulance transport to hospital"
  • Alana McGuire  "Impact of New Information Technologies and 'Big Data' on Skill Requirements"
  • Nur Azam Perai   "The Malaysian Third Sector: An Investigation from a Historical and Cultural Perspective"
  • Emma Harrison  "Getting housing and health talking: Linking landlord data to support the integration of health and social care" (currently in MSc year)
  • Matthew Moore "Modelling Survey Non-Response Using Linked Administrative Data in HAGIS and the UKHLS" (currently in MSc year)

Completed PhD Students

  • Dr Jessie Azong (2015) "Economic Policy, Childcare and the Unpaid Economy: Exploring Gender Equality in Scotland"
  • Dr John Marecki  (2015) "Investigating a Structural Model of Addiction Stigma related to Student Perceptions towards Persons Addicted to Heroin"


Employment History:
Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Methods
Sociology/Social Pol&Criminology
Research Fellow
01/01/2013 - 03/01/2013

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