The Wood Medal

The Wood Medal was established in memory of the statistician Frances Wood OBE (1883–1919). It is awarded every three years to a fellow of the Society for excellent contributions to economic or social statistics.

2024 recipient: Vahé Nafilyan

Vahé has made excellent contributions to social statistics. His outstanding work in developing the use of large-scale linked data has improved understanding of the link between health and social factors, with important practical advantages and widespread impact.

2021 recipient: Katie Harron

The Wood Medal is awarded to Katie Harron (University College London) in recognition of her outstanding methodological work on record linkage. Read the full citation.

The Wood Medal will next be awarded in 2026*.

Candidates nominated for the Guy Medal in Bronze and the Wood Medal may be considered for the other medal, provided they satisfy the necessary specific criteria.

*If in any year a suitable candidate is not nominated, then an award may be made the following year.