ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre

Consumer Data Research Centre

The £11m ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre is led by the University of Leeds and UCL, with partners at the Universities of Liverpool and Oxford.

The Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) creates, supplies and maintains data for a wide range of users.  We work with private and public data suppliers to ensure efficient, effective and safe use of data in social science.


The Centre provides a national service to the research community to assist with research projects.  They hold a large amount of data that can be accessed via the data store, e.g point of sale receipts, travel records & market research data.



CDRC Research

CDRC research projects provide fresh perspectives on the dynamics of everyday life, along with better understanding of issues of economic well-being and social interactions in cities.

The Centre is collaborating with key partners to establish a network of projects that have a positive impact on society.


CDRC Partners

The CDRC is a trusted partner that offers secure data services, resources and expertise that can leverage value from the consumer data you hold and improve data analytics capability.

The Centre works with key partners in business, local authorities and academia to open up their data to our trusted researchers. Organisations include Zoopla, AO, Shopdirect, Callcredit, Heart Research UK etc.


Training & Capacity Building

The CDRC is investing significant resources to develop data science capability for new skills amongst managers and entrepreneurs.

Offering a range of training and data analytics programmes for academic and non-academic researchers, ranging from introductory courses for postgraduate students through to advanced training for data scientists.

The Centre also hosts fellowship and internship programmes, which provide the opportunity for researchers to interrogate consumer data and produce impactful outputs, with support and collaboration from a team of experts in the field of data analytics.


CDRC Research Themes