Fran Darlington-Pollock is a lecturer in Population Geography at the University of Liverpool. As a population and health geographer, Fran is interested in the interactions between people, places and politics. In exploring this, her research seeks to better understand the nature and extent of social and spatial inequalities in society, particularly those relating to transitions over the life course. Fran is also Chair of The Equality Trust.

Background: Fran joined the Department of Geography and Planning in August 2017. Previously, Fran worked as a lecturer in the School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London having completing her PhD at the University of Leeds. Fran’s PhD explored the nature of ethnic inequalities in health and explanations for changing health gradients rooted in migration, deprivation change and social mobility. During her time at Leeds, Fran also undertook a research trip to the University of Auckland, New Zealand where she investigated the influence of migration and deprivation change on health and mortality differences between ethnic groups in New Zealand.

Research and interests: Fran’s current work spans ageing, health inequality, mortality and migration. Fran is also currently writing a book on one of Beveridge’s five giants, ‘Disease’. For more information of current research and publications, visit Fran’s ResearchGate page.

Teaching activities: Fran teaches across a range of modules at taught postgraduate and undergraduate level. For third year’s, she developed a module titled ‘Contemporary Population Dynamics’ exploring the relationship between patterns of population change and local, regional and national policy development.

Administrative roles: Fran’s administrative roles align with her wider interests in maximising the value of research beyond its academic reach, embedding equality in all practices, and supporting students to get the best out of their degree. Fran is Joint Chair of the Diversity and Equality Committee for the School of Environmental Sciences, co-lead for Impact in the Department of Geography and Planning, Early Career Academic representative for the School Research Strategy Group, and Academic Lead for Quantitative Methods in Methods X for the North West Social Sciences DTP.

Additional information: Fran is Communications Officer for the Population Geography Research Group with the Royal Geographical Society and Institute of British Geographers (2014 – present). Fran is also a council member for the British Society for Population Studies (2017-2021). She sits on a number of advisory boards and committees including the ONS 2021 Census Microdata Working Group, and the UK Data Service Advisory Committee.

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