Nigel is Reader in Law and Social Statistics at UCL.
He is also Head of Data, Design and Analysis at PPL and an independent researcher and consultant.
He is a leading expert in empirical legal studies, with particular expertise in statistical analysis and empirical research methodology.
He is also co-director of the Centre for Empirical Legal Studies at UCL.
He works across a broad range of projects (spanning civil and criminal justice) though he has specific interest in the application of social science and modern quantitative methods to explore how the public understand and interact with the law.
All of his research is multidisciplinary and collaborative, including a number of projects with Legal Innovation Centre Director Dr Catrina Denvir, with a specific focus on methodological innovation and rigour.
His work adapts methods from a broad range of disciplines, including psychology, epidemiology, education, health, mathematics and statistics.
Nigel has published over 100 academic papers, reports, book chapters and books, including research in leading journals in law, social policy, epidemiology, geography and health. Much of his research is designed for a policy audience and his survey work (in collaboration with Professor Pascoe Pleasence) has become central to the development of access to justice policy.