We are involved with a variety of population research centres.


ESRC Centre for Population Change


The ESRC Centre for Population Change was established in January 2009, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council it is the UK’s first research centre on population change. Based jointly at the Universities of SouthamptonSt. AndrewsEdinburghStrathclyde and Stirling, in partnership with the National Records of Scotland and the Office for National Statistics, we aim to improve the understanding of the key drivers and implications of population change.

In the first phase of CPC research, the programme was organised under four themes: Fertility and family formation; Living arrangements across the life course; National and transnational migration; and Modelling population growth and enhancing the evidence base for policy.

In its second phase, building on the achievements so far and reflecting elements of both continuity and change, the scientific programme is organised around the five themes of:

  • Fertility and family change
  • Increasing longevity and the changing life course
  • New mobilities and migration
  • Understanding intergenerational relations & exchange
  • Integrated demographic estimation and forecasting

Within these areas we are undertaking a series of research projects using methods ranging from in-depth qualitative studies, to enable us to discover more about underlying individual demographic behaviour, through to complex statistical and economic modelling.

For more details, see:

Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE)


The Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) is a four year interdisciplinary programme of research concerned with understanding changing ethnic inequalities and identities. Our team has over 20 academics, a number of affiliate members and PhD students working from Glasgow, Oxford St Andrews and Manchester. We also have a number of valued partners.

CoDE utilises a variety of research techniques and tools to ensure that the potential economic and social benefits of our research are realised. Our focus is on the changes within ethnic groups (their internal structures and formulations of identities) and their external relationships and position in British society.

Bringing together sociologists, demographers, historians, geographers, and political scientists, we are researching:

  • How class, gender, generation, age and place produce different experiences and visions of ethnicity across the UK
  • How changes in ethnic identities over time were expressed through the emergence of new or mixed identities, as well as the shifting significance of language and religion as a marker of ethnicity
  • The significance of the context of emigration and arrival in shaping ethnic identities and the long-term trajectories of migrants in British society
  • How major social changes in Britain’s economic and political structures have impacted on the ethnic inequalities experienced in employment and politics today.

For more details, see http://www.ethnicity.ac.uk/