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The Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science (LCDS) is disrupting and realigning demography to tackle the most challenging problems of our time.

The Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science (LCDS) was launched in 2019 at the University of Oxford with £13 million in initial funding for 10 years from the Leverhulme Trust and Nuffield College.  To date, the Centre has over 50 core staff members and students, published over 200 papers, and attracted almost £9 million in additional research funding in its first 3 years from sources such as the European Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), National Institute of Health (NIH), British Academy, the Health Foundation and more. 

Directed by Professor Melinda Mills, the Centre's aim is to disrupt, realign and infuse science into demography to tackle the most challenging problems of our time. The Centre is unapologetically interdisciplinary, infusing knowledge and high-dimensional data from demography, economics, geography, genetics, statistics, marketing and business, philosophy, history, sociology, zoology and beyond. 

Our researchers and partners use new types of data, methods and unconventional approaches to address the most important issues of our time such as pandemics, climate change, war, inequality, and changes in life expectancy, mortality, fertility and migration.

The Centre’s research is published in high-impact journals with far reaching impacts on society and policy. The Centre's team of researchers received the O2RB Excellence in Impact Awards 2021, for their data-driven policy interventions during the COVID-19 pandemic. This included work on recognizing the importance of the demographic composition of populations in relation to disease, a social network meets epidemiology approach to social bubbles, quantifying life expectancy losses and changes, quantifying learning loss due to school closures, and evaluating the impact of COVID-19 certificates. Working closely with Royal Society, Mills and team also produced many timely reports on face coveringsinstrumental in shaping UK government policy and on vaccine deployment and vaccine passports