This series of projects, three of which are coordinated by members of CPC, are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The projects investigate health inequalities in the two growing economies of India and Brazil.
These projects have been funded under the ESRC’s Pathfinder Research Programme on ‘Collaborative Analysis of Microdata Resources-China/S.Africa’ and involve members of CPC from different disciplines.
The 'Care Life Cycle' research programme, based at the University of Southampton, is the first research programme to deal comprehensively with the factors affecting both the supply and demand of health and social care. The programme aims to develop a suite of innovative modelling tools incorporating factors associated with the supply and demand of health and social care as well as expert opinion, to inform the development of social policy. An interdisciplinary team, comprised of academics from the ESRC Centre for Population Change (CPC), the Centre for Research on Ageing (CRA) the Institute for Complex Systems Simulations (ICSS) and the Centre for Operational Research, Management Science and Information Systems (CORMSIS) are involved in this work which is co-Directed by CPC's Director Professor Jane Falkingham, CPC's co-Director Professor Maria Evandrou, Professor Sally Brailsford (Management Science) and Dr Seth Bullock (Complexity Science).This research programme is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
Understanding the characteristics of informal carers in the UK is critical, as they continue to contribute to the supply of social care, and changes in the composition of the carers' population will have a direct impact on the future design of social care and the distribution of its financial cost. In addition, current demographic changes may affect both the supply of and demand for social care, for example improving life expectancy for men at older ages may increase the amount of spousal care provided by men, while population ageing is projected to place greater pressure on local governments to provide social care for older people.The project, conducted by a joint team from CPC, the EPSRC Care Life Cycle Programme, the Centre for Research on Ageing and members of the demographic analysis unit within the Population Statistics Division of ONS, aims to compare the profile of informal carers in the 2001 and 2011 Censuses as well as investigate transitions into, and out of, informal care between the two Censuses.
Studying poverty through the eyes of children is very different from looking at it from an adult-centric way. With funding from UNICEF, studies in Lesotho are being conducted looking at child poverty and its link with government policy.
This project is funded by NORFACE (New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Co-operation in Europe) and aims to develop a Bayesian model that brings together empirical data and expert judgements on the limitations of the various data sources, including inconsistencies in availability, definitions and quality, to estimate a consistent set of migration flows between countries in Europe with measures of uncertainty. A project summary, along with links to the IMEM database, can be found here.
A new project funded by the ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative will examine pension protection for minority ethnic groups. This is a key policy issue as this population, currently making up about 14% of the total in England and Wales, is ageing along with the rest of the population. Existing research shows a relative disadvantage for such groups compared to the White majority, with Bangladeshi and Pakistani individuals particularly worse off. Based at the Centre for Research on Ageing and involving Dr Vlachantoni, Prof. Falkingham and Prof. Evandrou, this project will analyse data from Understanding Society and the Labour Force Survey, to understand the pension prospects of individuals who are currently of working age, as well as older individuals.
Based in Ghana, but with links with Ibadan, Nigeria and Fourah Bay, Sierra Leone, the aim of this research is to improve training in population sciences through the establishment of a survey field site in the slum areas of Accra. This project is funded by Edulink.
What is this impact that off-grid electricity will have in rural villages? This project will look at this question among villages in Kenya.
This project, funded by Edulink, is based in five Southern African countries. The project aims to strengthen the demographic curriculum and research in this area.