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Economic, Social and Political SciencesPostgraduate study

Mr Andrew Hind BA, PGCE, MA (Cantab), MBA, MSc

Postgraduate Research Student

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I am developing a small area probabilistic forecasting system with particular attention to improved approaches towards modelling internal migration.

I worked for 15 years as a secondary school teacher, and 13 years as a senior local government officer in Education and Children’s Services departments, before doing similar work on a consultancy basis, which I continue to do part time.

Planning school provision has been a particular work focus throughout my career, and it was this that led me to undertake an MSc in Demography at Southampton. I am keen to bridge the gap between academic and official demography and local government strategic decision makers.

Research interests


The biggest single migration event in the UK each year is that of 18/19 year olds leaving home to attend university: this has a big impact on both origin and destination local authorities. The onward migration of students to work, often in major urban centres (particularly London), also has a big effect on local population structures. Subsequent migration to family residential areas, often driven by the quest for “good schools”, further reshapes local areas. Meanwhile there is a more static population that may not benefit from the advantages of social and spatial mobility, and indeed may resent the studentification and gentrification that results from others’ mobility.

Understanding these processes, modelling them and making usable small area projections, which incorporate the probability of different outcomes, to support good local decision making is my professional and academic passion. I am always happy to discuss this topic with anybody who has an interest.


I work as a consultant to local government and other public sector clients, specialising in school place planning, school organisational changes (opening, closing, enlarging and relocating schools), making and validating pupil place forecasts, and managing any aspect of strategic and infrastructural local authority functions.
Mr Andrew Hind
Reception Building 58 University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom
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