Deborah’s ongoing research interests in the broad area of Population Geographies have evolved from her PhD research on the fertility of minority ethnic groups in the Paris Region, France. She subsequently worked as an expert advisor for the Office for National Statistics developing fertility parameters to project the minority ethnic population of the UK from the 2001 Census. Recent work within this area has focused on internal and international migration specifically relating to asylum seekers and Eastern European migrants. Research in this area has been funded by the ESRC and the Home Office and has been developed in collaboration with key stakeholders.
She is a key advocate of the use of multi-methods and in particular qualitative methods in population research having organised an IBG-RGS workshop, participated as a key note speaker at another and acted as Guest Editor on a special edition of Migration Letters on ‘Biographical Migration Research’. Deborah is currently on the editorial board of the International Journal of Population Research. She has supervised a total of 11 PhD students in this area of whom 3 are currently registered.