Last of the censuses? The future of small area population data

Martin, David (2006) Last of the censuses? The future of small area population data. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 31, (1), 6-18. (doi:10.1111/j.1475-5661.2006.00189.x).


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This paper assesses future population data collection in the UK with reference to international trends, which suggest a retreat from census-taking in the face of enumeration challenges and the emergence of potential administrative sources. Some of the greatest strengths and weaknesses of contemporary censuses are explicitly geographical in nature. Key requirements of a geographical base for the transition from censuses to administrative sources are examined and the need for research on appropriate definitions and address-level georeferencing identified. The design of future output geographies is considered and an assessment undertaken of the possibility of maintaining current output geography as the basis for neighbourhood-level research.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1475-5661.2006.00189.x
ISSNs: 0020-2754 (print)
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Keywords: UK population census comparative review enumeration geographical referencing output area
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GA Mathematical geography. Cartography
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Geography > Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis
ePrint ID: 43683
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
March 2006Published
26 August 2005Submitted
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:17
2001 census programme coordinator
Funded by: ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (RES-507-34-5001)
1 August 2002 to 31 July 2006

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