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Professor Tim Dyson

Professor Tim Dyson, International DevelopmentProfessor of Population Studies 


Tim Dyson has worked at LSE since 1980. He was educated in England and Canada and has held visiting positions at the Australian National University in Canberra, the International Institute of Population Sciences in Mumbai, and the American University of Beirut. In 1994-96 he was President of the British Society for Population Studies; in 1997 he addressed the Oxford Farming Conference; and in 2001 he was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy.

Research interests / areas of supervision

  • Demographic time series
  • Interactions between populations and their food supplies
  • Global food prospects
  • Past, present and future population of the Indian subcontinent
  • Climate change
  • Causal relations in social science
  • Demographic change and democratization 

Selected recent publications

  • (2013) On democratic and demographic transition, Population and Development Review, 38 (1). 83-102.
  • (2012) Causes and consequences of skewed sex ratios, Annual Review of Sociology, 38. 443-461.
  • (2011) 'The role of the demographic transition in the process of urbanization', Population and Development Review 37, Issue Supplement S1: pp. 34-54
  • (2010) Population and development: the demographic transition, Zed Books, London, UK.
  • (2010) Growing regional variation: demographic change and its implications, in Anthony F. Heath and Roger Jeffery (eds.) Diversity and Change in Modern India: Economic Social and Political Approaches. Proceedings of the British Academy (159), Oxford University Press / British Academy, Oxford, UK, 19-46.
  • (2009) 'New evidence on child mortality in Iraq', Economic and Political Weekly XLIV(2):56-59.
  • (2008) 'India's demographic transition and its consequences for development', in U. Kapila (ed.) India's Economic Development Since 1947, Academic Foundation, New Delhi, pp. 248-267.
  • (2008) 'How to save a crowded planet: A review essay', Population and Development Review 34(3): 547-559.
  • (2005) 'Why the world's population will probably be less than 9 billion in 2300' in United Nations Population Division, World Population to 2300, United Nations, New York, 2005:145-50.
  • (2003) 'India's population - the past', 'India's population - the future', 'Migration and urbanisation: retrospect and prospects' (with Pravin Visaria) and 'Prospects for food demand and supply' (with Amresh Hanchate), all in T. Dyson, R. Cassen and L. Visaria (eds) Twenty-first Century India: Population, Economy, Human Development, and the Environment, Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • (2003) 'HIV/AIDS and urbanization', in Population and Development Review 29, no. 3:427-42, September 2003.
  • (2003) 'Famine in South Asia', and 'Food supply and population', in P. Demeny and G. McNicoll (eds), Encyclopaedia of Population, Macmillan Reference USA, 392-4, 431-5.
  • (2002) 'Demography, food production and famine in the Twenty-first century' (with Cormac Ó Gráda) in S Devereux (ed) The 'New Famines' IDS Bulletin, 33, no. 4:108-13, October 2002.
  • (2002) 'On the future of human fertility in India' Population Bulletin of the United Nations, United Nations, New York, forthcoming. Preliminary version in United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Completing the Fertility Transition (ESA/P/WP.172) March 2002. CP6-3 to 6-21; also in Completing the Fertility Transition (ESA/P/WP.172/Rev.1 June 2002:392-408.
  • (2002) 'Famine in Berar, 1896-7 and 1899-1900: Echoes and chain reactions', in T Dyson and C Ó Gráda (eds) Famine Demography: Perspectives from Past and Present, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2002:93-112.
  • (2002) 'Introduction', (with Cormac Ó Gráda) in T Dyson and C Ó Gráda (eds) Famine Demography: Perspectives from Past and Present, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2002:1-18.
  • (2001) 'World food trends: A neo-Malthusian prospect?', Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 145, no. 4:438-55, December 2001.
  • (2001) 'Demographic change and world food demand and supply - some thoughts on sub-Saharan Africa, India and East Asia', in R Ragaini (ed) Proceedings of the International Seminar on Nuclear War and Planetary Emergencies, 25th Session, World Scientific Publishing, Singapore, 2001:355-61.
  • (2001) 'The preliminary demography of the 2001 census of India', in Population and Development Review 27, no. 2:341-56, June 2001.

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