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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




Professor Ernestina Coast

Department of International Development




Dr Neil Cummins

Department of Economic History



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Dr Arjan Gjonca

Department of International Development




Dr Elliott Green

Department of International Development



Ursula Henz

Dr Ursula Henz

Department of Sociology




Professor Stephen Jenkins

Department of Social Policy



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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



Dr Grace Lordan

Department of Psychological and Behavioural Sciences 




Professor Michael Murphy

Department of Social Policy

No PhD supervision




Dr Berkay Özcan

Department of Social Policy




Professor Lucinda Platt

Department of Social Policy




Dr Eric Schneider

Department of Economic History




Professor Wendy Sigle

Department of Gender Studies



PhD Researchers



Isabelle Carter

Department of Methodology



Grace Chang

Department of Social Policy



Qi Cui

Department of Methodology



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



Orsola Torrisi

Department of Social Policy




Milagros (Milo) Vandemoortele

Department of Social Policy




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. Ben Wilson

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






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RT @rishie_: Super excited for this fantastic lineup- and so pleased to have been invited to share my work. 🙏🏾

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