The Population Studies Group (PSG) is engaged in the measurement and explanation of population trends and in the evaluation of attempts to modify them. With 25 academic and academic-related staff, PSG represents the largest research group in Britain concerned with demography, reproductive health research, and related disciplines. The Group is active in research both on Britain, Europe and other developed countries, and in research on the developing world, where it has a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia.
PSG has strong programmes of research in the demography of ageing, reproductive and sexual health, and the demographic impact of the AIDS epidemic in Africa and mathematical modelling of the AIDS epidemic. Other fields of research in which the Group is active include family demography, medical demography, global health, health inequalities, the burden of disease, and the indirect estimation of fertility and mortality in developing countries. PSG adopts a multidisciplinary approach to its activities. The staff combine expertise in demography and reproductive health with backgrounds and experience in sociology, anthropology, psychology, policy analysis, operations research, economics, mathematics, statistics, biology, epidemiology and public health.
PSG provides much of the teaching for the MSc in Demography and Health and the MSc in Reproductive & Sexual Health Research. The Department is a long-established Economic and Social Research Council outlet for postgraduate training and currently has 7 ESRC Doctoral Training Centre and MRC studentships. It is host to 15-20 research students at any time.