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  • Our communities are being shaped and re-shaped at unprecedented speed. Changing patterns of migration, fertility, family and household dynamics and ageing all interact to create our society. Understanding the extent, drivers and implications of these changes is essential to develop appropriate policy responses at the national, regional and local level - ranging from provision of services for school children through to the design of pension schemes for today's increasingly mobile population.

    The scientific programme is organised around the themes of:

    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.

    The ESRC Centre for Population Change's scientific research agenda has been developed in consultation with the Office for National Statistics and the National Records of Scotland.