John Haskey

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John Haskey is a senior research fellow since 2001 and was until recently head of the Family Demography Unit in the Population and Demography Division of the Office for National Statistics (ONS). 

In this function he consulted the Parliament Select Committees and MPs on trends in several areas of demography. In particular, he was responsible for the government estimates on one-parent families. Consequently he was involved in the Law Commission on the reform of law on divorce and cohabitation.

John Haskey has been President of the British Society for Population Studies. In March 2017 John was conferred as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.


John Haskey is interested in the family law aspects of marriage, divorce, cohabitation and adoption, and how quantitative analyses can assist and inform the different requirements of family law. 

He recently contributed to a edited volume by Ann Buchanan, with amongst others also contributions by David Coleman:
Fertility Rates and Population Decline.

  • Dubuc, Sylvie and Haskey, John (2010) " Fertility and Ethnicity in the UK: recent trends", Stilwell, John ed.,Understanding Population Trends and Processes. Springer, Vol. 3, Chap 4. doi: 10.1007/978-90-481-9103-1_4
  • " Childlessness: Choice and Circumstances, Chance and Change", Buchanan, Ann and Rotkirch, Anna ed.,Fertility Rates and Population Decline. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 62-81. doi: 10.1057/9781137030399.0009
  • ONS Populations Trends 109: One-parent families – and the dependent children living in them – in Great Britain. Haskey, John (2002). This article provides updated final estimates of the number of one- parent families, and of the number of dependent children living in them, from 1995 to 1997, inclusive, together with provisional estimates for 1998 to 2000.The existing methodology has been extended so that additional alternative estimates have been generated from which to assess the “best estimates”.The number of one- parent families in Great Britain is provisionally estimated at 1.75 million in 2000, and the number of dependent children living in those families as 2.9 million. View Online Download
  • ONS Population Trends 103: Cohabiting couples in Great Britain: accommodation sharing, tenure and property ownership. Haskey, John (2001). This article first considers some information from a pilot survey to test questions on past cohabiting unions which did not lead to marriage: when they started and finished; the reason why the couple stopped living together (either because the relationship ended, or because they stopped sharing the same accommodation, or both), and the corresponding durations.The article also analyses the key characteristics and immediate past accommodation history of couples who are currently cohabiting.In particular, patterns of tenure, property ownership and length of time cohabiting are explored - from a family law perspective. View Online Download
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