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The University of Southampton
Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute

Professor Jon Forster BA, PhD

Head of Mathematical Sciences, Professor of Statistics

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Professor Jon Forster is Head of Mathematical Sciences and Professor of Statistics at the University of Southampton.



BA Mathematics, University of Cambridge, 1987
Diploma, Mathematical Statistics, University of Cambridge, 1988
PhD, Nottingham University, 1993


Work History

Lecturer, Mathematical Sciences, Loughborough University, 1991-1994

Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader, Department of Mathematics, University of Southampton, 1994-2004

Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Statistics, Carnegie Mellon University, 1998-99

Awarded Royal Statistical Society Guy Medal in Bronze, 1999

Professor of Statistics, Mathematical Sciences, University of Southampton, 2004-2012

Senior Manager, Research and Development, Risk Division, Lloyds Banking Group, 2012-13

Professor of Statistics, Mathematical Sciences, University of Southampton, 2013 - date

Research interests

I have a range of interests in methodological and computational statistics. Particular interests include statistical inference and prediction under model uncertainty, and statistical inference for categorical data, including discrete graphical models.

I have also worked in a wide range of application areas. Most recently I have focussed on applications in credit risk and in demographic estimation and forecasting, particularly mortality and migration. I am a member of the modelling team of the ESRC Centre for Population Change.

Research group


Research project(s)

Bayesian Agent-Based Population Studies (BAPS): Transforming Simulation Models of Human Migration

Migration is one of the most uncertain population processes, lacking an overarching theoretical and conceptual background. The project will fill important gaps in our knowledge on migration by developing innovative statistical and computational migration models.

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Book Chapters


Working Papers

MATH3085 Survival Models (runs with MATH6143)

Professor Jon Forster
Mathematical Sciences University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

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