Our research exploits, and builds upon, our methodological expertise which enables us to create innovative solutions to address real world problems.


Recent examples of our research making a difference include:

  • CoDE academics launch a major new survey: Evidence for Equality National Survey (EVENS) to understand the realities facing ethnic and religious minorities during the COVID-19 pandemic.   
  • Research on the impact of COVID-19 related lockdown on the mental health of adults in the UK. Research found that the mental health of furloughed workers were protected compared to those who were made unemployed.
  • Research into the impact of financial debt: The research, titled Mothers in Debt – Shame, Abuse and Resilience, by researchers at The University of Manchester, found that separated or divorced mothers aged 55 and over were more likely to have significantly worse financial problems than fathers of the same age.
  • Action research leading to the development of the Anonymisation Decision Making Framework: This, in turn, has produced changes in the behaviour of organisations leveraged through the UK Anonymisation Network’s clinic service, consultancy contracts and secondary publications.
  • Research on the impact of long-term poverty, austerity, insecure employment, rising living costs, low pay and cuts to welfare and public services in the UK: It was one of the first research studies to document the experiences of vulnerable people including children and older people in the UK who were at risk of food insecurity including relying on foodbanks and was cited in the House of Lords in 2014.   
  • Research into the inequalities in life expectancy: Widely covered in the media including BBC News. The Life on the Line map illustrates strong links between economic deprivation and a shorter lifespan.  

Impact case studies

Demographic projection software becomes industry standard

A novel software package, called POPGROUP, generates local population projections to support local authority and public agency strategic planning (eg house building and National Park visitor numbers).

Challenging myths about race, segregation and diversity

Our research provides policymakers with alternative, better-informed evidence on ethnic diversity and its effects in the UK.

Making useful data safe

Our research helps protect the confidentiality of individual citizens in data and has been used by national statistical agencies, government departments and business.