Project Details

Research Cluster: OXPOP
Start Date: 01.07.2012
End Date: 30.04.2014

An emerging fertility pattern in London

DSPI Principal Investigator: Dr Sylvie Dubuc
Funded by: The British Academy



Project Description

Greater London Authority monitors births in London at borough level. Data indicate a recent unprecedented and striking birth deficit of women aged 22-28 when fertility usually peaks. This fertility gap, particularly pronounced in some boroughs, is of considerable policy concern, including provisions of health services, childcare, gentrification, social cohesion and population projections. The underlying factors for this trend are poorly understood, and the Greater London Authority approached Dr Dubuc to assist in a robust statistical validation of their data and to lead academic efforts to help understand and address this issue. This project combines, analyses and publishes existing data and builds a hypothetical framework.