Population Change and Geographic Inequalities in the UK, 1971-2011 (PopChange)

 The project seeks: 

1. to develop a set of population surfaces for a wide array of socio-economic and demographic variables for the UK Censuses of 1971-2011 inclusive;

2. to make these population surfaces freely-available via an interactive and publicly accessible web site (a digital atlas);

3. to provide the first systematic quantitative analysis of the ways in which the population of the UK is geographically unequal by socio-economic and demographic characteristics and how these uneven distributions have changed over the last 40 years. 

These pages detail the project and its outcomes. The site is being updated regularly and by mid 2016 it will provide access to population grids along with tools for creating grids from user-defined variables. The formal funded element of the project started on 1st February 2015 and ends on 31st July 2016, but this resource will continue to be developed after that date. The PopChange resource is available here.

PopChange is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) under the Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI), Phase 2 (project ES/L014769/1) and this support is acknowledged gratefully. The Office for National Statistics are project partners. The research builds on the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant Scheme funded project ‘Generating population surfaces for England and Wales using information on landuse and the spatial structure of population variables’ (SG121849), which ran from 2013 to 2014. 

The project is based with the University of Liverpool’s cross-disciplinary Centre for Spatial Demographics Research

For more information please contact Chris Lloyd.