Professor Nik Lomax
- Position: Professor of Population Geography
- Areas of expertise: demography; population projection; microsimulation; internal migration; international migration
- Email: N.M.Lomax@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 3321
- Location: 10.143 Irene Manton Building
- Website: Twitter | LinkedIn | Googlescholar | Researchgate | ORCID
I am Professor of Population Geography. I am also a fellow at the Alan Turing Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence and co-Director of the ESRC funded Consumer Data Research Centre. My research utilises existing and emerging data to produce high resolution estimates and projection of population and demographic characteristics.
- Co-Director of the Consumer Data Research Centre
The ITRC is a consortium of seven leading UK universities, investigating ways to improve the performance of infrastructure systems in the UK and around the world. Our research is helping businesses and policymakers to explore the risk of infrastructure failure and the long term benefits of investments and policies to improve infrastructure systems.
My role in the consortium is to produce very high resolution demographic estimates and projections for sector modelling teams who need to understand current and future demand. A recent presentation I gave on progress in producing High resolution demographic projections for infrastructure planning explains where demographics fits in to the overall MISTRAL strategy.
PIGSustain is a BBSRC funded research project. We use a systems approach in order to understand how sustainable intensification and predicted climate changes are expected to impact on the pig industry as a whole. We are producing models to predict the impacts of intensification on the health, disease and welfare of the animals: how consumption patterns and retail prices are likely to be affected, how these changes will impact farmers, and how these in turn will impact on the health and welfare of the animals.
My role in the PigSustain project is to produce consumer demand estimates for pork and other products which will inform the research being undertaken across the PigSustain network. Consumer preference will be modelled in response to changing prices, attitudes to the consumption of meat, environmental considerations and changing demographics. The project draws on large scale consumer surveys to inform trends and projection scenarios.
The ESRC funded Ethpop project aims to understand and to forecast the ethnic transition in the United Kingdom’s population at national and sub-national levels. The ethnic transition is the change in population composition from one dominated by the White British to much greater diversity. We have produced projections at local authority scale which demonstrate that as the population is growing it is becoming more ethnically diverse. See this presentation for results which show what the size and composition of the UK’s ethnic group populations might look like under a number of Brexit scenarios.<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>
- PhD Human Geography
- MA Planning and Development
- BA Human Geography
Research groups and institutes
- Institute for Spatial Data Science
Current postgraduate researchers
<li><a href="//phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/369-esrc-white-rose-dtp-studentship---socio-ecological-research-to-understand-the-potential-impacts-of-alternative-protein-sources-in-the-uk-and-europe">ESRC White Rose DTP Studentship - Socio-ecological research to understand the potential impacts of alternative protein sources in the UK and Europe</a></li>