As well as using census data in their work, geographers have been central to census design. Find out more in our case studies and resources.
Donna Clarke, Senior Spatial Researcher, Office for National Statistics
A census is inherently geographical - geography gives the raw data of the census structure and meaning. See our census-related articles and resources below to learn more about how geographers are playing a leading role in how Census 2021 is designed, delivered and interpreted.
Census 2021 takes place in England and Wales on Sunday 21 March, with the data collected providing a unique resource for understanding population characteristics and distributions across England and Wales.
Improved techniques for gathering and structuring data about local areas has enhanced the usefulness of the census and enabled better use of population data.
Learn how census data is used across a range of sectors and groups, including case studies from the Office for National Statistics
Read articles by geographers on a wide range of census-related topics.
The Society's Population Geographies Research Group (PopGRG) has shared a number of Census-related articles on their website
See our range of Census-related teaching resources
This 2014 collection of short case studies demonstrates the value of small area census data, and advocates for retaining the method in the the 2021 Census
This event drew together experts to understand key issues in small area population data and promote informed responses to the ONS consultation on the census and the future provision of population statistics in England and Wales
Read our past consultation responses which explain and advocate for Census data use by geographers
GIS and survey methods for population and infrastructure data are supporting international development efforts and geospatial capacity in a number of countries.
Research has helped solve pedagogic issues faced by staff and students during fieldwork.
Research has created tools for assessing river form, function and condition.
Research has developed decision-support tools which have changed conservation standards.
Research has helped secure rights of those threatened with displacement.
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