Chris Dibben is a professor of geography in the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh. He directs the Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research and the Scottish Longitudinal Study Development and Support Unit. The work of these centres focuses on using linked data sets to produce research resources both for the public good and to inform a variety of disciplines. The projects and research strands associated with these centres involve researchers from universities in Scotland and the UK and the negotiation of complex relationships with multiple data donating organizations.
Dibben works in quantitative health geography, with a particular interest in analyzing administrative data to explain and understand patterns of poverty, deprivation and inequality and their impact on lifelong health and well-being. This has particularly focused on early life impacts of environmental insults and its lifelong effect.