Information Studies


Inaugural Lecture - Prof. Oli Duke-Williams

22 February 2024

We are pleased to announce the inaugural lecture of Prof. Oli Duke Williams, which will be held at 17:30 on Monday 29th April 2024.

Counting people: the past, present and future of censuses

About the lecture:

The most recent census taken in this country was also perhaps the most unusual – the pandemic affecting both the way in which people completed it, and the answers that they gave. It may also be the last census of its kind: alternative data sources offer the potential for different ways of counting the population, bringing with them their own opportunities and threats. In this lecture I reflect on the history of counting people in the UK, and how the past can help us to shape the future.

About the speaker:

Oliver is Professor of Population Information in the Department of Information Studies at UCL, where he also leads MA/MSc programmes in Digital Humanities. He is the Census Service Director at the UK Data Service and is also a Senior Advisor to the Centre for Longitudinal Study Information and User Support, which facilitates research access to the ONS Longitudinal Study.

The lecture is free, but please book via Eventbrite to ensure a place. The lecture will be followed by refreshments.

17:30 - Lecture in Sir Ambrose Fleming Lecture Theatre, Roberts Building

19:00 - 21:00 Roberts Foyer for refreshments

If you cannot attend in person, the event will also be livestreamed here via You Tube.