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Synthetic Data Production
Trust, Identity, Privacy and security
AI and Social Science

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Mark Elliot has been central to the field of confidentiality and privacy since 1996. He is one of the key international researchers in the field of Statistical Disclosure and collaborates widely with non-academic partners, particularly with national statistical agencies where he has been a key influence on disclosure control methodology used in censuses and surveys and where the SUDA software that he developed in collaboration with colleagues in Computer Science at Manchester is used. Mark stands out for his interdisciplinary breadth with publications in stats, computer science law and social science journals.

Since 2012, he has led the UK Anonymisation Network (, which has 600 members and provides advice, consultancy and training on anonymisation and works closely with the UKs information commissioner’s office. Since 2023 he has led SPRITE+ ( a cross sector community which runs events and funds research on all elements of TIPS (Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security).

Aside from Privacy his research interests also include AI and Society and substantive social science topics under the broad heading of Psychological Sociology (including studies of fathering, personal relationships and social and political attitudes).

Research interests

  • Confidentiality, Privacy and Anonymisation
  • Synthetic data
  • AI and Society
  • Fathering
  • Environmental Attitudes

 Data Science Institute


I am currently seeking students to work on a variety of projects under the heading of

  • AI and Social Science
  • Synthetic Data Production

Please do contact me if you have an interest in that area.

Further information

PhD Supervision:

Current Students:

  • Oliver Beatson
  • Ana Maria Nicoriciu
  • Nastazja Laskowski
  • Bahrul Nasution
  • Wei Zhuang

Current teaching:


MSc Data Science - programe lead


Understanding Data and their Environemnt (DATA70001); module lead

Extended Research Project DATA72000; module lead


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Artifical Intelligence, University of Nottingham

Award Date: 30 Jun 1995

Master in Science, Knowledge Based Systems, University of Sussex

Award Date: 31 Oct 1984

Bachelor of Science, Psychology, The University of Warwick

Award Date: 30 Jun 1983

Areas of expertise

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Psychological Sociology
  • Q Science (General)
  • AI
  • Data Science

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Institute for Data Science and AI
  • Sustainable Futures
  • Digital Futures
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute
  • Cathie Marsh Institute


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