Ludi Simpson

Ludi Simpson


  • Honorary Professor (School of Social Sciences and Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research), SoSS Research Centres
  • G.09 Humanities Bridgeford Street

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Personal profile


Currently working independently on a variety of research projects, my previous employment was as Research Fellow and then Professor of Population Studies at the University of Manchester, where I retain an honorary post. From 1981 to 2003 I worked in Bradford and other local authorities on census and demographic analysis within local planning, representing local authorities to central government in the CLIP population statistics group and working within the Local Authorities Research and Intelligence Association. The POPGROUP demographic software has been a continuing commitment since its beginnings in 1999. Other long-term interests are the measurement of migration, Latin American demography, ethnicity and demography, and the relationships between government, statistics, authority, democracy and material needs. I can be most easily contacted by email or by telephone on 01274-591935.

Employment history

2008-current: Professor of Population Studies, University of Manchester (honorary post); research and advice for academic and government projects

2003-2008: Reader in Social Statistics, then Professor of Population Studies, University of Manchester

1992-2003: Lecturer and Research Fellow, University of Manchester, part time.

1997-1998: Research Fellow, University of Southampton, part-time.

1981-2003: Research officer with Bradford and Calderdale Councils, and Sheffield Polytechnic Centre for Educational Management and Administration.

Research interests

Current research projects:

Demographic projections, modelling and planning in the UK

Establishing and interpreting subnational demographic trends in Latin America

Ethnic identities and inequalities in Britain, the dynamics of diversity


Other research interests:

Census practice. The conduct, quality and output from Censuses; Race and statistics: Anti-racism and the racialisation of statistics; Making population statistics: Population estimates and forecasts, especially for sub-national areas; Look-up tables to link geographies: Conversion of data files between sub-national geographies in the UK.

Key past publications:

Demographic convergence? / ¿Convergencia demográfica? Book with Spanish and Portuguese contributions, edited with Leandro Gonzalez, 2018, published by the Asociación Latinoamericana de Población, supported by the British Academy.

National and Local Labour Force Projections, Ludi Simpson, first published in Local Economy 2017

Pupil number projections A common computer system Ludi Simpson report to North Ayrshire 14th Oct 2011

'Sleepwalking to Segregation'?, book with Nissa Finney, 2009, Policy Press: the link gives an extract with cover, contents and summary chapter.

(list in progress)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

External positions

Honorary Professor, University of St Andrews

1 Feb 2017 → …

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Cathie Marsh Institute


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