Ridda Ali

Ridda Ali


Ridda Ali is a first-generation PhD student at the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA). Ridda graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Computer Science in 2019 before starting a 4-year ESRC funded integrated PhD and MSc in Data Analytics and Society at the University of Leeds. She has been offered a 6-month placement by The Alan Turing Institute as part of their PhD Enrichment Scheme, which will begin in March 2022. Her PhD focus is a mix of methodological and applied advances surrounding the understanding of prediction and causal explanation, and their distinct differences in obesity research, with emphasis on accounting for data complexity arising from clustering effects.


Professor Mark S Gilthorpe (School of Medicine), Dr Andrew Prestwich (School of Psychology), Jiaqi Ge (School of Geography)

Research interests

  • Observational data analysis
  • Causal inference
  • Epidemiology
  • Data Science


  • BSc (Hons) Computer Science (First Class Honours)
  • MSc Data Analytics and Society (Distinction)