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Kevin Schürer

Kevin Schürer

2011 Warren E. Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Social Sciences

Kevin Schürer is Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) at the University of Leicester and will hold a chair in the Centre for English Local History. From 2000-2010, he served as Director of the UK Data Archive. Prior to that, he worked for several years as a member of the internationally-renowned Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, University of Cambridge. Following this, he moved to 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.

Schürer is an Academician of the Academy for the Social Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and the Royal Geographical Society, and a Senior Member of Wolfson College, Cambridge. He has served on behalf of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Arts & Humanities Research Council as the UK representative for the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructure 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 national and international committees.

He recently acted as P.I. on a EC-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. And in 2009, he received a major award from the ESRC to create a standardized and harmonized version of the censuses for Great Britain for 1851 to 1911 (the I-CeM project), working with a commercial partner to create one of the largest historical data resources in the world. 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.

His publications include Surveying the people (1992), The use of occupations in historical analysis (1992), A guide to historical data files in machine-readable form (1992); Victorian communities in census enumerator’s books (1996), and Changing family size in England and Wales: Place, class and demography, 1891-1911 (2001) as well as a number of chapter and journal articles.

ICPSR Council meetings often include international visitors who represent a national membership. Schürer has been a frequent participant in ICPSR Council meetings over the years in that capacity.

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