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World Pop

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Regularly updating data on population numbers and characteristics to help with effective governance and efficient allocation of resources.

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We work to ensure that everyone is mapped and counted in decision making. We develop geospatial integration methods to make detailed demographic datasets. Our work features in Nature, Science, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Our datasets are used by governments, international agencies, academia, NGOs and the private sector. We work closely with the United Nation agencies and national statistical offices in low and middle-income countries. Our approaches are designed to maximise uptake and impact, and to strengthen local capacity.

Our work focus areas for development and implementation cover population distributions, demographics and dynamics in resource-poor settings. Our geostatistical modelling integrates data from traditional sources including censuses, and satellite and cellphone datasets.

We produce high resolution maps of:

  • age/sex structures
  • births
  • poverty
  • access to services
  • vaccination coverage

We also develop modelling frameworks for subnational migration flows, urban change and disease spread.

WorldPop is made up of more than 30 members of staff, including demographers, geographers, ecologists, statisticians, epidemiologists and computer scientists.

Principal funders and collaborators include:

  • the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • UK Department for International Development
  • the World Bank

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People

Doctor Hal Voepel PhD, MS, BSE, BS

Research Fellow

Research interests

  • Hydrological and sediment processes in watersheds and rivers
  • Contaminant transport throughout hydrologic systems

Accepting applications from PhD students

Connect with Hal

Email: h.e.voepel@soton.ac.uk

Address: B44, West Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ (View in Google Maps)

Miss Heather Chamberlain

Senior Enterprise Fellow

Connect with Heather

Email: h.chamberlain@soton.ac.uk

Address: B39, West Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ (View in Google Maps)

Doctor Jessica Steele

Senior Enterprise Fellow

Connect with Jessica

Email: js1m14@soton.ac.uk

Address: B39, West Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ (View in Google Maps)

Doctor Kristine Nilsen

Lecturer in Global Health

Research interests

  • Access, utilisation and quality of maternal and child health services in low income countries
  • Integration of traditional and novel data sources for health

Accepting applications from PhD students

Connect with Kristine

Email: kristine.nilsen@soton.ac.uk

Address: B58, West Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ (View in Google Maps)

Mrs Mair Thomas-Possee BA, MSc

Research Fellow

Research interests

  • Public health implications of poor water, sanitation and hygiene. 
  • Drivers and indicators of safe domestic drinking-water in SSA.

Connect with Mair

Email: m.thomas@soton.ac.uk

Address: B44, West Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ (View in Google Maps)

We have a range of different datasets, and one of the richest sources comes from mobile phones. We layer this information together to get information about each location on the planet.
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