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Discover new research and projects being conducted at the School of Demography. View by the School's core research areas of: fertility and reproductive health; life course and human development; population dynamics and migration; and mortality, longevity and health.

Fertility & reproductive health

Changes in fertility levels are integral to understanding population change and futures. Understanding the fertility decision-making environment is complex and requires explanations that consider the institutional setting and cultural patterns.

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Life course & human development

The life course theoretical approach considers transitions and trajectories through life stages, using a framework which acknowledges individual agency, historical time and place, and linked lives. This approach can be used to understand family diversity and changes in family form, as well as other important aspects of human development.

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Population dynamics & migration

Populations are shaped by the interaction of the ever-changing processes of birth, death and migration. Demographic transition to low fertility and low mortality in industrialised populations is accompanied by population ageing. Migration may be viewed as a response to inequalities in ageing and socio-economic development with far-reaching policy implications.

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Mortality, longevity & health

Declining mortality and increasing longevity are ongoing outcomes of improvements in health. Identifying the complex patterns of change and understanding the underlying  social and environmental processes involved are key to the development of policies seeking to optimise the quality of human existence.

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Updated: 2 November 2016/ Responsible Officer:  Head, School of Demography / Page Contact:  Website Administrator