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Dr David Clifford BA, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor in Demography, Departmental to Senior Tutor

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Dr David Clifford is Associate Professor in Demography within Economic, Social and Political Sciences at the University of Southampton.

David has research interests at the interface of demography and social policy.

Research on the voluntary sector describes patterns in the prevalence, funding, and growth of voluntary organisations.

Research in demography describes demographic trends in Central Asia, placing them within the context of macro-level social and economic changes during the late- and post-Soviet period.

David is also interested in issues at the intersection of these two main themes. For example, current research describes patterns in the country of operation of British charities working overseas, in a variety of international contexts.

David studied geography as an undergraduate (St Catherine’s College, Oxford), and Social Statistics (MSc) and Demography (PhD) as a postgraduate (University of Southampton).

Research interests

The voluntary sector
Research, with colleagues from the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC), describes:

While research on voluntary action has tended to focus on individuals, there has been very little quantitative work on voluntary organisations. Therefore, he and others at the TSRC have made use of administrative data on organisations collected by the Charity Commission. They have linked data together to provide a unique longitudinal dataset which follows charities through time, facilitating research on changes within the sector, as well as geographical patterns.


Research, with colleagues in Demography at the University of Southampton, describes:

International connections of philanthropy

As well as continuing with research interests in the voluntary sector and in demography, David is interested in research at the intersection of these two themes.

For example, work in progress describes patterns in the country of operation of British charities working overseas, in a variety of international contexts. This project is funded under the ESRC Future Leaders scheme.

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Current and past teaching responsibilites
DEMO 1003 - Population and Society
DEMO 3008 - Population and the Environment
STAT 6077 - Social Science data: sources and measurement
DEMO 6023 - Population, poverty and policy


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