Professor Michael Murphy

Professor Michael Murphy

Emeritus Professor of Demography

Department of Social Policy

Key Expertise
Demography, Ageing, Mortality,

About me

Michael Murphy is Emeritus Professor of Demography at the London School of Economics and Political Science, having joined the School in 1980.

He is a Fellow of the British Academy, the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities and the social sciences. He has acted as an adviser to UK and US Governments, and international organisations, such as EU, UN and OECD. 

Recent publications (since 2013) reflecting areas of interest include:

The formal dynamics of demographic systems
Murphy, M. (2017) Demographic determinants of population aging in Europe since 1850. Population and Development Review. ISSN 0098-7921
Murphy, M. (2016) The impact of migration on long-term European population trends, 1850 to present Population and Development Review, 42 (2):225-244
Murphy, M. (2016) The effect of long-term migration dynamics on population structure in England & Wales and Scotland Population Studies, 70 (2):149-162

Determinants of mortality crises in the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe:
Azarova,D  et al. (2017) The effect of rapid privatisation on mortality in mono-industrial towns in post-Soviet Russia: a retrospective cohort study The Lancet Public Health, 2 (5). e231-e238. ISSN 2468-2667
Stefler, D et al. (2017) Smoking and mortality in Eastern Europe: results from the PrivMort retrospective cohort study of 177,376 individuals. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. ISSN 1462-2203.

Models for ageing populations:
Ding, YY, Kuha, J, Murphy, M. (2017) Multidimensional predictors of physical frailty in older people: identifying how and for whom they exert their effects Biogerontology, 18 (2):237-252
Martikainen, P et al. (2014) Life expectancy in long-term institutional care by marital status: multistate life table estimates for older Finnish men and women The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 69 (2):303-310
Murphy, M,  Martikainen, P (2013) Use of hospital and long-term institutional care services in relation to proximity to death among older people in Finland. Social Science and Medicine, 88:39-47.

Fertility and reproductive trends:
Neels, K., Murphy, M, Ní Bhrolcháin, M, Beaujouan, E.  (2017) Rising educational participation and the trend to later childbearing. Population and Development Review (forthcoming)
Väisänen, H, Murphy, M. (2014) Social inequalities in teenage fertility outcomes: childbearing and abortion trends of three birth cohorts in Finland Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 46 (2):109-116.

Intergenerational continuities in demographic behaviour:
Murphy, M. (2013) Cross-national patterns of intergenerational continuities in childbearing in developed countries. Biodemography and Social Biology, 59(2):101-126
Murphy, M. (2013) The intergenerational transmission of reproductive behaviour: comparative perspectives The History of the Family, 18(2):107-115.

Expertise Details

demography; ageing; mortality; forecasting; statistics; biodemography; life course influences on health