Professor of Demography, London School of Economics and Political Science
Michael Murphy is Professor of Demography at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, Research Secretary of the Population Investigation Committee and was President of the British Society for Population Studies until 2005. His main areas of research include: family, kinship and household demography; ageing; social and genetic 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. He has acted as an adviser to a number of British National Government Departments, and to international organisations, such as UN and OECD. Recent work include 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.