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Mr George Disney 

Postgraduate Research Student

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Mr George Disney is Postgraduate Research Student within Social Sciences: Social Statistics & Demography at the University of Southampton.


BA Geography, University of Cambridge (2008)

MSc Social and Spatial Inequalities (2010)


My first degree was at the University of Cambridge where I read Geography; concentrating on Cultural Geography in my final year and for my dissertation.

I studied at the University of Sheffield for an MSc in Social and Spatial Inequalities. My main areas of interest were in the geography of welfare and how the changing occupation structure in the UK was contributing to widening geographical patterns of income inequality.

Research interests

  • Population geography and international migration.
  • Model based estimates of international migration.
  • The link between migration measurement and a theory of international migration.
  • Social and spatial inequality, particularly the uneven geographies of welfare

PhD research topic
Improving the quality of international migration statistics in the UK

James Raymer

ESRC/ONS Joint Case Studentship 2010-2013

Currently, in comparison with natural components of population change – births and deaths – international migration can exert a major and changeable influence on the size and composition of the UK’s population. As such, it is vital that there is reliable data on international migration to estimate population size and composition in the UK accurately. However, the various data sources that could be used to measure international migration into and out of the UK have significant limitations; including inconsistencies in definitions, a lack of coverage and problems with accuracy. The main source of numbers on UK international migration comes from the International Passenger Survey (IPS). With its relatively small sample size, the patterns of migration taken from the IPS, over time, can be highly irregular, when one considers flows by country, age and sex. The aim of the PhD is to improve the reliability of these estimates by using auxiliary data and various statistical models.

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Disney, G. (2010) The influence of regional earnings and labour market structures on inequality in the UK, 1994-2009. SASI Working Paper 11/01

Raymer, J. Abel, G J, Disney, G. & Wisniowski, A. (2011) Improving Estimates of Migration Flows to Eurostat CPC Working Paper 15, ESRC Centre for Population Change, UK.

Raymer, J., Rees, P., Blake, A., Brown, J. Disney, G., Lomax, N., Norman, P., Stillwell, J., Boden, P. (2011) Conceptual Framework for UK Population and Migration Statistics: Commissioned Report for the Office for National Statistics (Forthcoming)

DEMO 2004/3003: Migration Tutorials

Mr George Disney
Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ UK
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