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Geography and Environmental Science

Dr Claire Anne Dooley DPhil

Research Fellow in Spatial Demography

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Claire's main areas of research are spatial demography and population ecology. Claire works on the GRID3 project (Geo-Referenced Infrastructure and Demographic Data for Development) which aims to develop innovative methods for high-resolution mapping of populations in countries with limited or no census data.

Claire has an MSc in Conservation and Biodiversity from the University of Exeter and a DPhil in Mathematical Ecology from the University of Oxford. Her doctoral thesis focused on spatio-temporal variation in British butterfly population dynamics using Bayesian hierarchical modelling and network analyses. Before joining the Geography and Environmental Sciences Dept., Claire was a Research Fellow in the Centre for Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton, where she worked on a Wellcome Trust funded project examining the demographic drivers of short- and long-term human population growth.

Research interests

  • Spatial demography
  • Population modelling
  • Migration
  • Transient population dynamics
  • Mathematical population ecology
  • Statistical methodology development

Research projects

The WorldPop Project

High resolution, contemporary data on human population distributions are a prerequisite for the accurate measurement of the impacts of population growth, for monitoring changes and for planning interventions. The WorldPop project aims to meet these needs through the provision of detailed and open access population distribution datasets built using transparent approaches.

Geo-Referenced Infrastructure and Demographic Data for Development (GRID3)

GRID3 provides support to low- and middle-income countries to collect, analyze, integrate, disseminate and utilize high-resolution geo-referenced data on population, boundaries, settlements and infrastructure along with other key spatial datasets for evidence-based development and humanitarian decision making.

How does natural and anthropogenic disturbance change human population growth?

Providing an evidence-base of how momentum and transient population dynamics shape 21st century population growth and health across cities, regions, countries and the globe.

Research group

Population, Health and Wellbeing (PHeW)

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Book Chapter

  • Bonsall, M., & Dooley, C. (2012). Population ecology. In A. Hastings, & L. Gross (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Theoretical Ecology University of California Press.
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