About Us

The University of St Andrews Population and Health Research Group is one of the largest groups in the United Kingdom researching the geographies of population, health, and housing. We actively collaborate with colleagues both internationally and in the UK in disciplines throughout the social and medical sciences.

Our work uses quantitative, qualitative, and mixed approaches to the census, survey, and administrative data. Our research is notable for its applied policy relevance and our record of attracting fundings from research councils, charities, the European Union, and central and local governments (see our Research page for more information).

Upcoming Events

3rd International Conference on Migration Mobilities (Wednesday 8th – Friday 10th July 2020, St Andrews, Scotland)

7 April 2020: Ilya Kashnitsky, the University of Southern Denmark, is going to share some of his rapid COVID-19 related research with us, titled “COVID-19 in ageing populations: a demographic reflection”.

14 April 2020: Kai Hu will present results from his second PhD chapter titled “Effects of air pollution on cognition among Chinese elder adults”.


The research group is connected with three major ESRC Research Centres: the ESRC Centre for Population Change (CPC), Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE), and Census & Administrative data LongitudinaL Studies Hub (CALLS-HUB).
We are also affiliated with the Centre for Housing Research (CHR) and ERC DeprivedHoods project.