Dr Dan Birks

Professor Dan Birks

Deputy Director, Vulnerability & Policing Futures Research Centre
University of Leeds

Dan is the Leeds deputy director of the ESRC Vulnerability & Policing Futures Research Centre and Professor of Computational Social Science in the School of Law at the University of Leeds.

A computational social scientist, Dan’s research primarily focuses on how computational methods and administrative data can be responsibly harnessed to support evidence-based policy and practice and improve societal well-being.

He holds degrees in Artificial intelligence and Computer science, Cognitive science, and Criminology, and has 20 years’ experience working closely with criminal justice practitioners and policy makers in the UK and Australia to deliver high impact research outcomes.

Dan is currently a Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national centre for Data Science and Al, where he is engaged with the Public Policy and Urban Analytics themes. He is also inaugural co-director of LIDA: Societies one of three research communities within the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics, which seeks to combine existing beacons of excellence in applied social and data sciences at Leeds, becoming a world-leading knowledge centre in the application of, and innovation in, data science for public good.