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The University of Southampton
Social Statistics and DemographyPart of Economic, Social & Political Science


Our research connects statisticians and demographers, economists and social policy analysts in Economic, Social and Political Sciences with academics from across the University and beyond. We host the largest group of demographers in the UK, and we specialise in innovations in statistical methodology. We are known for the expertise and international scope of our researchers and for the application of cutting-edge quantitative and qualitative methods. Much of our work has global impact, aiding our partners in the development of policy worldwide.

We work in four main areas that inform policy, design, and practice: 

Demography - including:
Family Demography
Historical Demography
Voluntary Sector, Social Welfare and Inequality
Statistical Demography, including migration modelling 

Sample Survey Theory and Methods - including:
Applications to Official Statistics
Survey Methods in a Digital Age 

Statistical Modelling

We direct several large research centres, including the Centre for Population Change, the National Centre for Research Methods, and the Centre for Global Health, Population, Poverty, & Policy.



Endorsed for our research

Research across Social Statistics & Demography was praised for its world-leading quality in the Research Excellence Framework 2014

Working with our partners

Our academics are working with external organisations contributing expertise, while their experience informs our teaching.

Doctoral research opportunities

The ESRC has chosen Economic, Social and Political Sciences to host a prestigious South Coast Doctoral Research Programme (DTP). Find out more.

Our research impact

One of the UK's top research Universities, we were rated 11th for the volume of the high quality research. Click here to find out more

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