Associate Professor in Demography
Professorial Fellow of Nuffield College
My research interests, broadly summarized below, span a number of substantive areas in demography and sociology, including gender, fertility and marriage, health and mortality, and ethnicity and migration. I am also interested in methodological innovations in population studies, especially agent-based modeling and microsimulation.
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Gender and Demographic Change
My dissertation research examines the fertility and mortality dynamics of son preference, and the macro-level sex ratio imbalances at birth and childhood in populations these dynamics give rise to. In extensions of this work, I examine the implications of the female demographic deficit combined with female educational expansion for future population dynamics, such as marriage patterns.
Ethnicity, Religiosity and Migration
In this strand of research, I study the demographic characteristics and social behaviours and attitudes of ethnic minorities in Britain. I have also studied the demographic determinants and generational variations in religiosity and social attitudes among Muslim communities in Britain, and compared religiosity among different ethnic groups.
In ongoing work, I am interested in studying patterns of health and mortality in different parts of the world. In my dissertation, I focus on the sex-differentials in infant and child mortality in a global perspective. Other ongoing projects look at longevity and lifespan variation in the industrialized world. In policy-oriented research, I have worked on projects examining access to healthcare, and investments by international organizations in advanced medical technologies in different parts of the developing world.