Michael Ball is Head of Data Infrastructure.  The Data Infrastructure team manages ESRC's portfolio of infrastructures involved with collecting, analysing and making data available, including the UK Data Service, Understanding Society, the British Election study, Urban Big Data Centre, the Consumer Data Research Centre and a number of other longitudinal and cross sectional studies.  He also has responsibility for the current ESRC data sharing policy.

He has worked across UKRI on data, infrastructure and data policy issues for a number of years, and previous to ESRC he was at BBSRC.  His background is in biology and material science.