Professor Emily Grundy MA MSc PhD

Honorary Professor of Demography


Emily Grundy worked in the Centre/Department of Population Studies from 1998 to May 2012 and is now a Professor of Demography at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She remains connected with the School through various collaborative projects particularly the PATHWAYs project (see ) of which she is director. PATHWAYS aims to identify pathways that link socio-demographic circumstances and biological disadvantage to adult health, and parental family and socio-economic circumstances to infant mortality, with a particular emphasis on the mediating factors that lie on these pathways. Emily is working on this project in  collaboration with Bianca DeStavola, Mike Kenward, Richard Silverwood and Rhian Daniel in the Medical Statistics Department; George Ploubidis and  Sanna Read in the Population Health Department, and others in the Faculty.  Emily was Secretary General and Treasurer of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population 2011-214 and is a Council Member of IUSSP 2014-2018. She is a past President of the British Society for Population Studies.

Emily is an Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health primarily linked to the Medical Statistics Department.

Her email is




Emily contributes  contributes to courses run as part of the PATHWAYs training programme) She is also involved in joint supervision of PhD students at LSHTM

(PATHWAYs is a node of the National Centre for Research Methods which offers many other courses as well, see


Most of Emily's research has been focused on ageing. Her main interests in this field are families, households and social support in later life, especially in relationship to health; trends and differentials in health and disability, and the long term consequences of marital and reproductive history for health and social support.  Emily's research has involved analysis of data from the Office for National Statistics Longitudinal Study (ONS LS)and she previously led and is now a senior associate of the team which provides support to academic users of this resource (CeLSIUS) now based at University College, London.   Emily's current research includes work on a European Research Council Advanced Grant project on Family life courses, intergenerational exchanges and later life health in Europe and research on how social interactions over the life course may be related to later life cognitive function.  She is leader of the Ageing, Lifecourse and Population Health Analysis research group at LSE. Other roles include member of the Council of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population; Chair of the Population Invesigation Committee (UK) and member of the scientific advisory boards for the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing and Understanding Society, the UK Household Panel Study.For up to date publications please search google scholar emily grundy

Research areas

  • Ageing
  • Health inequalities


  • Demography
  • Life-course epidemiology


  • Euro area

Other interests

  • MARCH,social Support And Health,family And Household
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