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Here you will find information on our vacancies, what it’s like to work and study with us, our work with policy and practice and our collaborations.

Jobs and vacancies

Lecturer in Social Sciences


Located in heritage buildings in the beautiful and thriving capital city of Wales, the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University is looking to appoint a Lecturer. In this role you will develop and deliver a range of teaching, particularly in quantitative methods in the School of Social Sciences through a commitment to high-quality and research-led teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level; to do so with and within the Q-Step Centre of Excellence in Quantitative Methods Teaching. You will also work closely with the School’s DECIPHer Research Centre, contributing to the overall research performance of the School. The School is recognised nationally and internationally for providing a highly supportive research environment and an interdisciplinary learning experience as well as for its collaborative and problem-focused approach, civic contribution and social impact.

The Cardiff Q-Step Centre of Excellence in Quantitative Methods Teaching was established over five years ago and is supported by the Nuffield Foundation, The Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Economic and Social Research Council.   The Centre has built on the School of Social Science’s existing reputation for quality and effectiveness in quantitative methods pedagogy through the development of innovative undergraduate teaching, professional development and pedagogic research in quantitative methods.  The Centre wishes to appoint a post to both support and enhance our existing BSc Social Analytics programme.

Established in 2009, DECIPHer develops and evaluates complex interventions for public health improvement, with a primary focus on children and young people. Research programmes cover: Healthy public policy, Healthy social relationships, Healthy settings and organisations and Methodological innovation. It is located at the Social Science Research Park (SPARK) alongside a large number of other social science research centres and works closely with policy, practice and public partners.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a large, vibrant and ambitious School that seeks to be a world leader in inter-disciplinary public social science.

This is a part time (31.5 hours a week), fixed term post covering a period of maternity leave from 15th January 2023 to 31st January 2024.

Salary: £35,333 – £42,155 per annum, pro-rata for hours worked (Grade 6)

For further details contact Dr Marco Pomati, Senior Lecturer  +44 (0) 29 2087 9678, e-mail

Date advert posted: Wednesday, 30 November 2022

Closing date: Tuesday, 3 January 2023

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Adopted studies

DECIPHer has developed an established framework and system of Research Development Groups (RDGs) to support co-production of new studies and maximise their impact. A prerequisite of any supported RDG is multi-disciplinary, multi-agency membership and a high level of stakeholder involvement.

This approach ensures continuous collaboration in the development of bids and supports ecological relevance; it optimises system fit for subsequent research studies and promotes enhanced translation of knowledge into practice. The registration process involves an initial discussion with one of our team and with their advice the completion of a DECIPHer adoption form. The DECIPHer Partnership Board will then consider whether the study can be adopted or affiliated and if so the level of support that DECIPHer can offer.

We are always keen to discuss new research ideas and possibilities for collaboration. If you work in public health policy or practice and would like to be involved in research relevant to DECIPHer’s aims, we would be pleased to hear from you. Please email us at or contact the programme lead for your area of interest to discuss how we can work together.

Below is the Adoption Form and guidance for you to complete and submit, following discussion with a DECIPHer lead. Once completed, please email to Lindsey Allan at

Download DECIPHer adoption application form and information sheet

Working at DECIPHer

DECIPHer’s multidisciplinary community provides an excellent environment for public health researchers at all career stages to thrive. They join a world leading public health research centre, benefit from our unique skills and resources, strong relationships with other DECIPHer institutions and an extensive network of policy and practice partners, and DECIPHer’s tailored capacity development programme for researchers.

DECIPHer staff are also part of a wider community conducting high-quality public health research.

Studying at DECIPHer

DECIPHer provides a supportive multidisciplinary research environment, with a strong emphasis on engagement with policy and practice in applied public health improvement research. A list of current projects being undertaken by students working with DECIPHer can be found on our People page.

Working with policy and practice

DECIPHer aims to lead collaboration and knowledge exchange between researchers, policy-makers and practitioners in public health improvement.

Our policy and practice collaborators have unique experience and expertise. Using this throughout the research process helps us to do better research, and allows the evidence we produce to be used more easily to improve public health.

Co-producing research ideas and projects means these address the questions that are relevant and important to policy and practice.

Working together to plan and conduct the research helps ensure it is carried out in a way that is acceptable to policy-makers and practitioners – the people who will ultimately be using the research.

Input from policy and practice ensures that the research evidence we produce is communicated in the most useful way.

For more on how DECIPHer builds collaboration into its work, and how it strengthens the work we do, see our collaboration case studies below.

How do we work with policy and practice?

Ideas for DECIPHer research projects come from academia, policy and practice. Research ideas are developed into funded projects through research development groups – small working groups, typically consisting of researchers, policy-makers and practitioners.

A research development group crystallises the initial idea into a specific research question, develops an appropriate research design, and bids for grant funding. This enables policy and practice partners to be fully involved in developing DECIPHer research from the very beginning.

We are always keen to discuss new research ideas and possibilities for collaboration. If you work in public health policy or practice and would like to be involved in research relevant to DECIPHer’s aims, we would be pleased to hear from you. Please email us at or contact the programme lead for your area of interest to discuss how we can work together.

Collaborating with DECIPHer

What is it like to work with us? We asked three of our key collaborators to tell us about their experiences.

Julie Bishop

Consultant in Public Health, Public Health Wales

‘I’ve been impressed by DECIPHer’s collaborative approach to developing ideas for research.’

I spend one day a week in the DECIPHer office. My work with DECIPHer is mostly on school-based health research; I oversee the Welsh Network of Health Promoting Schools programme, which works closely with DECIPHer’s School Health Research Network. I also oversee the delivery of ASSIST, a peer-led smoking prevention programme, in schools in Wales. More generally, I help to link the work of DECIPHer with the policy and practice priorities of the public health system in Wales, putting together people who have common interests.

Steve Manske

Senior Scientist and Research Associate Professor, Propel Centre for Population Health Impact at the University of Waterloo, Canada

‘It’s not just what is done, but also the way DECIPHer operates, that is and will have an impact on the health of the Welsh population.’

I am part of the team that has launched the School Health Research Network. Similarities between the mandates of DECIPHer and the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact led us to explore a collaborative project that highlights potential cross-fertilisation between the centers. Given the work I have been involved in on the School Health Action, Planning and Evaluation System in Canada, DECIPHer’s new School Health Research Network seems to be the perfect vehicle.

Chris Bonell

Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, Institute of Education

A critical mass of people interested in applying social science theory and methods to policy relevant research.’

I’ve worked on a number of DECIPHer projects in recent years. I’m currently involved in the ASSIST+Frank drug prevention study, the Filter project on smoking prevention in further education settings, a synthesis of research on positive youth development, an RCT of the ‘learning together’ restorative approach in schools. I also chair the trial steering committee for Project SFP Cymru, DECIPHer’s trial of the Strengthening Families Programme in Wales.