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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), pp. 6-18.

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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.

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Submitted date: 26 August 2005
Published date: March 2006
Keywords: UK population census comparative review enumeration geographical referencing output area
Organisations: Geography & Environment, PHEW – S (Spatial analysis and modelling), Population, Health & Wellbeing (PHeW), Remote Sensing & Spatial Analysis


Local EPrints ID: 43683
ISSN: 0020-2754
PURE UUID: 6ccbb631-fa32-47c1-9ef4-9c700fa401e7
ORCID for David Martin: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 29 Jan 2007
Last modified: 30 Sep 2017 21:13

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