Professor David Coleman

David Coleman

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David Coleman has been the Professor of Demography at Oxford University since 2002 and was the Reader in Demography between 1996-2002, and Lecturer in Demography since 1980. Between 1985 and 1987 he worked for the British government, as the Special Adviser to the Home Secretary, and then to the Ministers of Housing and of the Environment. Research interests include the comparative demographic trends in the industrial world; the future of fertility, the demographic consequences of migration and the demography of ethnic minorities. Recent international collaborative work has involved the Vienna Institute of Demography and the Finnish Family Research Institute. He has worked as a consultant for the Home Office, for the United Nations and for private business and has acted as a referee for numerous overseas research projects and institutions. He has published over 150 papers and eight books including The State of Population Theory: Forward from Malthus(ed.with R.S. Schofield, 1986), The British Population: patterns, trends and processes(with J. Salt, 1992. Oxford University Press); International Migration:Regional Responses and Processes (ed. with M. Macura 1994); Europe's Population in the 1990s (ed. 1996, Oxford University Press), Ethnicity in the 1991 Census. Volume 1:Demographic characteristics of ethnic minority populations, edited (with J. Salt), London, HMSO and Immigration to Denmark: national and international perspectives (with E. Wadensjo, 1999, Aarhus University Press). He was the senior editor of a special issue of 'Population Studies' on 'Population, the Long View' published in 2015. He was the joint editor of the European Journal of Population (Paris) from 1992 to 2000 and in 1997 and in 2001 was elected to the Council of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population. He is a Fellow of St. John's College and a lecturer at St. Catherine's College until retirement in 2013. He gave lectures and tutorials in demography to students in Human Sciences, PPE and other degrees and was Chairman of the Human Sciences Institute from 2005-2008. He is now Emeritus Professor of Demography.


Research since 2001 is summarised by the list of publications given on this site. Current work concentrates on the effects of international migration on the British population, society and economy, and on migation policy. Work proceeds on a book on thoe topics for Profile Press.

David Coleman's key areas of research focus are (click to expand):

Effects of international migration on the population and economy of the UK