Are modern social issues old news? Single parents, the ageing population and the Victorian family

by Kevin Schürer

The modern family has its struggles. Single-parent families are often at the forefront of Government debates about welfare and employment. The elderly population is growing, and more and more people live alone in their later years. People marry later and have children later – who in turn are leaving home later and later.

At first glance, our complicated modern family structure might seem to be just that – modern. However, a look at the data shows that family has never been simple. Continue reading

Is 62 the new 50? – Fifty years of Population Change and fifty years of the ESRC

Professor Jane Elliott is the Chief Executive of the ESRC.

Professor Jane Elliott

On Thursday evening (25 June) I attended an event hosted by the British Academy and organised by the British Society for Population Studies. The aim was to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of ESRC and the role we have played in supporting research in demography. Continue reading