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Professor Ann Berrington 

Joint Head of Social Statistics and Demography, Professor of Demography and Social Statistics

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Ann is a Professor of Demography and Social Statistics, and is currently joint head of Department. She also directs the Fertility & Family Strand of the ESRC Centre for Population Change at Southampton.

My research interests are concerned with the transition to adulthood, family formation and household change, and their association with inequalities across the life course

Ann has an undergraduate degree in Human Sciences from the University of Oxford, an MSc in Medical Demography from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD in Social Statistics from the University of Southampton. She is an expert on life course research using longitudinal methods. Ann is currently a member of the Office for National Statistics Expert Group for National Population Projections, an invited member of the Understanding Society Scientific Advisory Group, and an invited member of the Scientific Advisory Group on ‘Families and intra-household dynamics’ for the four national longitudinal studies: the 1958 National Child Development Study, 1970 British Cohort Study, Next Steps, and the Millennium Cohort Study. Ann served as a member of the ESRC Grant Assessment Panel 2010-2015 and is currently an invited member of the ESRC Population Research Resource Steering Group.

Research interests

Ann’s substantive areas of interest include transitions to adulthood in Britain and Europe; cohabitation, marriage and divorce in developed countries; timing of parenthood - teenage parenthood and older childbearing in the UK. Her methodological interests include: the statistical modelling of relationships between attitudes and demographic behaviour using longitudinal repeated measures data; methods for dealing with attrition and item non-response in longitudinal surveys.

Research Projects:

Ann is currently the principle investigator (PI) for two ESRC Centre for Population Change projects:

Fertility in the context of recession and immigration; and Family dynamics and inequality; 

Ann is also co-I of an ESRC-funded project examining the consequences of changing family environments for children in South Africa. 

As PI she recently completed the following ESRC CPC projects:

Postponement and recuperation of fertility; and Patterns of Leaving and Returning Home in the UK. 

Together with Paul Wakeling (York), Ann completed a HEFCE funded project asking “Is there an age at which young adults can be considered independent for the purposes of postgraduate funding?”. The report can be read here.

Ann recently completed an ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative project “Young Adulthood: aspirations and realities for living and learning in the 21st Century” for which she was PI assessing how young adults’ transitions to independent living and housing pathways have responded to recent social change: including the expansion of higher education, economic recession and the increased unaffordability of housing. 

Previously funded projects for which Ann was PI include a two year project funded jointly by the Teenage Pregnancy Unit & Department of Health focusing on the “Outcomes of Young Parenthood, for mothers, fathers and children”. Findings from the project are available in the final report, journal articles (Borgoni et al 2012.) and S3RI working papers (Berrington et al. 2005) and Berrington et al. 2010).



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