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.
Dr Tiziana Leone
Department of International Development
PhD topics for supervision: lifecourse and women's health in LMICs, Ageing, reproductive health, biometrics and biomarkers
Department of Methodology
Department of Social Policy
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
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. Ben Wilson
Origin, destination and convergence: understanding the fertility of international migrants and their descendants