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Professor Emily Grundy Professor of Population Science, University of Essex

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Emily Grundy joined ISER as Professor of Population Science in October 2017 and served as Director from then until October 2020.  She is also an affiliated researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health Centre for Excellence on Fertility and Health.  She was previously Professor of Demography at the London School of Economics. Previous appointments include positions at the University of Cambridge, London School of Hygiene Tropical Medicine and King’s College London.


PhD Medical Demography, University of London, UK; MSc Medical Demography, London School of Hygiene Tropical Medicine; BA (and MA), King’s College, University of Cambridge.

Research interests and current research

Emily’s  main research interests are families, households and kin and social networks in later life, especially in relationship to health, associations between family life courses and health and well-being at older ages, and trends and differentials in later life health, disability and mortality. She has been awarded numerous UK and international grants including an ERC Advanced Grant (2013-2018). She currently leads an ESRC funded project on Families, households and health in ageing populations: Projections and Implications (2020-2023) and is a co-investigator in the Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoC; PI Emilia Del Bono).

Emily is also involved in collaborative projects on urban environments and mental health at older ages and on long-term care in Europe.

She is past Chair of the Population Investigation Committee, past President of the British Society for Population Studies, a and past Council member  of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population. She currently serves on a range of national and international review committees and on the Editorial Board of the Journals of Gerontology (Social Sciences) and Population, Space and Place. Emily is  a Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Read more about Emily’s work on her ORCID profile and on Google Scholar.


  1. Multimorbidity as assessed by reporting of multiple causes of death: variations by period, sociodemographic characteristics and place of death among older decedents in England and Wales, 2001-2017

    Emily Grundy and Rachel Stuchbury

    1. Older People
    2. Statistical Analysis
    3. Demography
    4. Health
    5. Social Stratification
  2. Slowdown in mortality improvement in the past decade: a US/UK comparison

    Michael J. Murphy and Emily Grundy

    1. Statistical Analysis
    2. Health
    3. Life Course Analysis
  3. Welfare within families beyond households: intergenerational exchanges of practical and financial support in the UK

    Tania Burchardt, Fiona Steele, Emily Grundy, et al.

    1. Social Networks
    2. Geography
    3. Households
    4. Public Policy
    5. Ethnic Groups
    6. Finance
    7. Social Stratification
    8. Sociology Of Households
    9. Caregiving
    10. Social Mobility
  4. Random effects dynamic panel models for unequally spaced multivariate categorical repeated measures: an application to child-parent exchanges of support

    Fiona Steele and Emily Grundy

    1. Statistical Analysis
    2. Social Networks
    3. Demography
    4. Households
    5. Family Formation And Dissolution
    6. Life Course Analysis
    7. Surveys
  5. Area deprivation, perceived neighbourhood cohesion and mental health at older ages: a cross lagged analysis of UK longitudinal data

    Michele Antonio Salvatore and Emily Grundy

    1. Older People
    2. Area Effects
    3. Psychology
    4. Geography
    5. Well Being
    6. Health
    7. Social Psychology
  6. The association between parity, CVD mortality and CVD risk factors among Norwegian women and men

    Øystein Kravdal, Aage Tverdal, and Emily Grundy

    1. Households
    2. Childbearing: Fertility
    3. Health
    4. Life Course Analysis
  7. Fertility trajectories and later-life depression among parents in England

    Emily Grundy, Sanna Read, and Heini Väisänen

    1. Older People
    2. Psychology
    3. Childbearing: Fertility
    4. Well Being
    5. Health
    6. Life Course Analysis
  8. Fertility history and biomarkers using prospective data: evidence from the 1958 National Child Development Study

    Maria Sironi, George B. Ploubidis, and Emily Grundy

    1. Demography
    2. Childbearing: Fertility
    3. Health
    4. Life Course Analysis
    5. Biology
  9. Social isolation and memory decline in later-life

    Sanna Read, Adelina Comas-Herrera, and Emily Grundy

    1. Older People
    2. Psychology
    3. Social Exclusion
    4. Well Being
    5. Health
  10. Post-war (1946-2017) population health change in the United Kingdom: a systematic review

    Dawid Gondek, David Bann, Emily Grundy, et al.

    1. Demography
    2. Health
    3. Life Course Analysis
  11. Intergenerational contacts and depressive symptoms among older parents in Eastern Europe

    Marco Tosi and Emily Grundy

    1. Older People
    2. Social Networks
    3. Psychology
    4. Well Being
    5. Social Behaviour
  12. Children’s age at parental divorce and depression in early and mid-adulthood

    Øystein Kravdal and Emily Grundy

    1. Psychology
    2. Young People
    3. Family Formation And Dissolution
    4. Well Being
    5. Health
    6. Life Course Analysis
    7. Sociology Of Households
  13. Pathways to health

    George B. Ploubidis, Benedetta Pongiglione, Bianca De Stavola, et al.

    1. Older People
    2. Health
    3. Life Course Analysis
  14. Cohort profile: the Office for National Statistics Longitudinal Study (The LS)

    Nicola Shelton, Chris E. Marshall, Rachel Stuchbury, et al.

    1. Statistical Analysis
    2. Demography
    3. Labour Market
    4. Childbearing: Fertility
    5. Life Course Analysis
    6. Surveys
  15. Parental health limitations, caregiving and loneliness among women with widowed parents: longitudinal evidence from France

    Thijs van den Broek and Emily Grundy

    1. Older People
    2. Psychology
    3. Well Being
    4. Sociology Of Households
    5. Caregiving


Displaying all 8 media publications

  1. "Torno da mia madre", che stress quando i figli quarantenni ripiombano a casa

  2. Empty-nesters 'resent boomerang kids'

  3. Parents with ‘boomerang’ children who move back home as adults suffer as much as people with illness or disability, study shows

  4. Boomerang offspring damage parents' wellbeing, study finds

  5. Parents’ lives made more miserable by the ‘boomerang generation’ returning home

  6. Women are happier being single than men because relationships are hard work

  7. Women are happier being single than men, says a new study

  8. Women prefer being single - because relationships are hard work, research suggests

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