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Institute for Social and Economic Research

University of Essex

Wivenhoe Park

Colchester, Essex C04 3SQ

United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom


Membership Number :20403

Emily Grundy

Professor of Population Science and Director, ISER, University of Essex

Field of study: Demography, Public Health/ Epidemiology

Specialization: Ageing, Families and Households, Mortality, Health, and Longevity

Regional focus: Latin America and the Caribbean, Central and Eastern Europe, Western Europe

Highest Degree Level:

Doctorate (Ph.D, MD), Medical Demography, University of London, 1989

Working languages:
  • - English

Professional summary:

I have spent all my career working in the UK although I have benefited from collaborations with colleagues in Europe and elsewhere and held two short term visiting posts in Norway and Australia. I did an MSc in Medical Demography at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and later a PhD from the University of London while also employed at City University (London). Subesquently I  have worked at Nottingham University;  King's College London, LSHTM, Cambridge University (UK) and the London School of Economics. My PhD was on life cycle influences on internal migration but most of my research has focussed on ageing and health. I have developed and delivered teaching in gerontology, demography and geography programmes. I was Sec General & Treasurer of IUSSP 2009-13 and am currently a member of Council.

Member since: 1988

Grundy E, Read S (2015). Pathways from fertility history to later life health: results from analyses of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Demographic Research 32 (4) 107-146


Grundy E, Kravdal O (2014). Do short birth intervals have long-term implications for parental health? Results from analyses of complete cohort Norwegian register data. J Epidemiol Community Health 68: 958-964. doi:10.1136/jech-2014-204191

Grundy E, Read S. (2012). Social contacts and receipt of help among older people in England: are there benefits from having more children? Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences. 67(6): 742-754.

Ploubidis GB and Grundy E (2011). Health measurement in population surveys: Combining information from self reported and observer measured health indicators. Demography, 48 (2):699-724.

Grundy E and Murphy M(2015). Demography and Public Health, IN: Detels R, Gulligford M, Karim Q A, Tan CC (eds). Oxford Textbook of Global Public Health, sixth edition, Vol 2 pp 718-735. 

Honorary positions:

Honorary Professor London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK

Research grants:

Current: European Research Council Advanced award: Family life courses, intergenerational exchanges and later life health; UK Economic and Social Research Council : PATHWAYS: Biosocial influences on health. UK ESRC. Centre for Longitudinal Study Information and User Support (CeLSIUS - Co-I).