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Social Statistics and DemographyPart of Economic, Social & Political ScienceOur research

Innovation in quantitative demographic and migration research

The Department of Social Statistics and Demography is a hub of innovative methodological work on statistical and computational demography, with focus on the methods for estimating and predicting fertility, mortality and migration, and for assessing their uncertainty. Much of the relevant research is carried out as a part of the modelling strand of the Centre for Population Change.

In particular, over the past decade, the Department has become a stronghold of novel quantitative research on migration processes, both statistical and computational, with projects like Integrated Modelling of European Migration, Bayesian Agent-based Population Studies, funded by the European Research Council, and a Horizon 2020 consortium QuantMig: Quantifying Migration Scenarios for Better Policy, led by our team. By proposing new, interdisciplinary methods for studying migration, we explicitly recognise the different types of uncertainty of the underpinning complex processes, and propose ways of managing them.

The migration and demographic modelling work of the Social Statistics and Demography team is renowned for combining methodological innovation with in-depth knowledge of migration processes and the underpinning data. At the same time, our research is very strongly policy-oriented: we have worked with the Office for National Statistics, the European Asylum Support Office, the Migration Advisory Committee and the Greater London Authority on different aspects of migration and population estimation and forecasting. By maintaining high standards of methodological rigour, we aim to offer research of high societal relevance in the increasingly uncertain and complex world of international migration.

Thanks to the blend of demography and social statistics, our Department offers a unique environment for conducting exciting and very innovative research on migration to address some of the key demographic challenges of today.

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