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Population at LSE

Researchers in population studies at LSE bring a range of disciplinary and methodological approaches to bear on population research.

Demography is the study of human populations, past, present and future. It is concerned with how births, deaths, and migration determine change, and so determine key trends such as rapid population growth and population ageing. It includes the analysis of characteristics that determine the components of change and/or are affected by population structure, such as age, sex, marital and health status, and the composition of families and households.

Formal demography is concerned with the measurement of the size, composition, and spatial distribution of human populations. Social demography (or population studies) explores the explanation and consequences of population trends and differentials, drawing on insights from a number of relevant disciplinary perspectives, including sociology, economics, anthropology, human geography, epidemiology and human biology.

LSE has a long-standing interest in population studies. An MSc in Demography was instituted at LSE in 1965, and LSE continues to provide demographic training at MSc and PhD level. The Population Investigation Committee, a small independent research group, was founded in 1936 and since World War II has been housed at LSE, and publishes the journal, Population Studies. LSE also houses the British Society for Population Studies.

The PhD programme in Demography (Social/Formal) is currently located within the department of Methodology.  

Current researchers in population studies at LSE bring a range of disciplinary and methodological approaches to bear on population research. They are based across departments at the LSE to include Social Policy, International Development, Gender, Sociology, Economic History, Methodology and Psychological and Behavioural Sciences. Geographical focus is also diverse, encompassing developed, developing and transitional countries. Population researchers include those with training in anthropology, economics, biology, physics, sociology and statistics.


Population researchers

Shuang Chen

Dr Shuang Chen

Department of Social Policy

PhD topics for supervision: Fertility; Education; Policy; China.




Professor Ernestina Coast

Department of International Development

PhD topics for supervision: Sexual and Reproductive Health; International Development.



Dr Neil Cummins

Department of Economic History

PhD topics for supervision: Historical economic demography.



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Dr Arjan Gjonca

Department of International Development





Dr Elliott Green

Department of International Development

No PhD supervision accepted at the moment.



Ursula Henz

Dr Ursula Henz

Department of Sociology

PhD topics for supervision: Gender division of unpaid work; Labour-force participation; Ethnic minority families; Partnership formation; Childcare; Eldercare; Intergenerational transfers; Fertility; Divorce; Time-use.



Professor Stephen Jenkins

Department of Social Policy

PhD topics for supervision: Quantitative analysis of data from household surveys and administrative sources; Labour markets and family behaviours.


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Professor Jouni Kuha

Department of Statistics





Dr Tiziana Leone

Department of International Development

PhD topics for supervision: lifecourse and women's health in LMICs, ageing, reproductive health, biometrics and biomarkers, interaction between conflict and health.



Dr Grace Lordan

Department of Psychological and Behavioural Sciences 




Professor Michael Murphy

Department of Social Policy

No PhD supervision accepted at the moment.




Dr Berkay Özcan

Department of Social Policy

PhD topics for supervision: Social demography, especially families &children, (marriage, divorce, fertility and child outcomes) in addition to immigration if it intersects with family demography.



Professor Lucinda Platt

Department of Social Policy

PhD topics for supervision: Migration, disability, ethnicity, child development.



Dr Eric Schneider

Department of Economic History

PhD topics for supervision: Historical demography; History of population health; Child health; Demographic transition.


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Prof Almudena Sevilla

Department of Social Policy

 PhD topics for supervision: applied micro economist whose research focuses on the areas of gender, child development, and human capital



Professor Wendy Sigle

Department of Gender Studies

PhD topics for supervision: Projects that explore, develop or apply feminist and critical approaches.



PhD Researchers



Ross Barker

Department of Methodology





Isabelle Carter

Department of Methodology



Grace Chang

Department of Social Policy



Qi Cui

Department of Methodology


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Midanna de Almada

Department of Methodology





Mary Alice-Doyle

Department of Social Policy



Katy Footman

Department of Social Policy


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Nick Fitzhenry

Department of Economic History



Ivilina Hristova

Department of Social Policy


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Rosanna Le Voir

Department of Methodology




Michaela Šedovič

Department of Social Policy




Sally Sonia Simmons

Department of Social Policy





Dijana Spasenoska

Department of Social Policy




Joe Strong

Department of Social Policy




Milagros (Milo) Vandemoortele

Department of Social Policy





Haile Zola

European Institute




Alumni Researchers


Dr. Diego Alburez-Gutierrez

Beyond excess mortality: the demographic life of a Mayan community after a war of massacres







Dr Paul Bouanchaud

Male sex work in China: understanding the HIV risk environments of Shenzhen’s migrant money boys




Victoria Donnaloja

What is it to become a citizen? The perspective of immigrants and natives






Dr. Philipp Hessel

Long-term effects of economic fluctuations on health and cognition in Europe and the United States




Dr. Rornald Kananura

Child health and mortality in resource-poor settings: a life-course and systemic approach



Dr Eleri Jones

Care-seeking for birth in urban India






Dr. Laura Sochas

 Context and heterogeneity: a novel approach to explaining maternal health inequalities in Zambia



Dr. Heini Vaisanen

 A life course perspective to abortion in Finland




Dr Orsola Torrisi

Armed conflict and familyand family outcomes:Theconsequencesof exposure to war on fertility, teen marriage andintimate partnerviolence.



Dr. Ben Wilson

Origin, destination and convergence: understanding the fertility of international migrants and their descendants