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Mark Elliot has worked at the University of Manchester since 1996, where he currently holds a chair in data science. His research is focused on the topics of data privacy and anonymisation. He founded the international recognised Confidentiality and Privacy Research Group (CAPRI) in 2002, and has run numerous research projects within the CAPRI remit. He leads the UK Anonymisation Network and is one of the key international researchers in the field of Statistical Disclosure and has an extensive portfolio of research grants and publications in the field.

Professor Elliot has extensive experience in collaboration with non-academic partners, particularly with national statistical agencies (e.g. Office for National Statistics, US Bureau of the Census, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Statistics Singapore) where he has been a key influence on disclosure control methodology used in censuses and surveys and where the SUDA software, he developed in collaboration with colleagues in Computer Science at Manchester, is currently employed.

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
  • Pychological Scociology

 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:

  • Yingrui Chen
  • Jennifer Taub
  • Niklas Loynes
  • Sebastian Flennerhag
  • Oliver Beatson
  • Jennifer Murphy

Current teaching:


MSc Data Science - programe lead


Understanding Data and their Environemnt (DATA70001); 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 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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