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Professor Michael Murphy FBA

Demography, epidemiology and health; eastern Europe including Russia
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About this Fellow

Michael Murphy is Professor of Demography at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His main areas of research include: family, kinship and household demography; ageing; mechanisms for the inheritance of behaviour; mathematical and statistical demography; methods of making and evaluating population and household forecasts; the demography of developed and transitional societies. Recent publications include work on mortality crises in Russia; models for mortality forecasting in elderly populations; European kinship differentials; intergenerational transfers between parents and children; and modelling the long-term effects of assortative mating, feedback mechanisms, and kinship correlations on population size and structure. He has been responsible for courses including Contemporary Population, Family and Health Trends in Developed Societies; Migration; Mathematical and Statistical Demography; Population Dynamics; Statistics and Computing for Demographic Research; and Methods for Population Planning. He has been President of the British Society for Population Studies, and Research Secretary of the Population Investigation Committee. He chairs the Scientific Review Board of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, and has acted as an adviser to a number of British National Government Departments, and to international organisations, such as EU, UN and OECD.

Website: http://www.lse.ac.uk/social-policy/people/academic-staff/Professor-Michael-Murphy

Appointments

Current post

  • Professor of Demography, London School of Economics

Past Appointments

  • Research Fellow, School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine University of London, 1978 - 1980
  • Lecturer and from 1997 Professor of Demography, London School of Economics and Political Science University of London, 1980
  • Professor of Demography, London School of Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science University of London, 1980
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine University of London, 1978 - 1980
  • Professor of Demography, London School of Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science University of London, 1980

Publications

The contraceptive pill and women's employment as factors in fertility change in Britain 1963-1980: a challenge to the conventional view Population Studies 1993

Family-level continuities in childbearing in low-fertility societies European J of Population 2001

The impact of intergenerationally-transmitted fertility and nuptiality on population dynamics in contemporary populations Biodemography of Human Reproduction and Fertility 2002

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