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Professor David Coleman

Professor David Coleman

Supernumerary Fellow in Human Sciences and University Professor in Demography

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Teaching Interests

Demography is the statistical study of human reproduction and death, of populations and their growth and structure. It connects the dynamics of population growth and structure with the social and economic causes and consequences of population trends and hence to issues of great interest and practical importance. Demography is a compulsory part of the Prelim and the Final Honours School of the Human Sciences degree and an option for PPE. I give tutorials for the Prelim and Finals Human Sciences courses in Demography and for the optional PPE course in Demography. I also give most of the university lectures in the subject. Tutorials typically cover historical patterns, for example the unique West European pattern of marriage and household; the analysis of mortality and fertility; computer simulation of population dynamics; the causes and consequences of low fertility and the ageing of populations in the developed countries; international migration; the demographic transition to low birth and death rates in the third world; problems of excessive or inadequate rates of population growth and policy responses to them. I am currently working on an update of my book on 'The British Population' with John Salt at UCL as well as various other publications.

Research Interests

My research interests include the comparative demographic trends of the industrial world, particularly the reasons for the persistence of substantial international differences in birth and death rates and in family structure. For this purpose I am developing an international demographic database (Oxpop). I am also interested in immigration trends and policies and the demography of ethnic minorities, and in housing policy. I was formerly lecturer in Physical Anthropology at University College London and I have worked for the government and as a consultant for the Home Office, for the United Nations and elsewhere.

Contact details

St John's College
St. Giles, Oxford OX1 3JP
Work Tel: 01865 277300
Fax: 01865 277435
University of Oxford