Ross Barker

Ross Barker

PhD student

Department of Methodology

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English, German
Key Expertise
Fertility; Natural Language Processing; Web-scraping

About me

Ross is a PhD candidate in Demography supervised by Professor Wendy Sigle and Professor Kenneth Benoit.

Ross works on addressing questions pertaining to the social pressures influencing fertility. These pressures often present challenges when it comes to quantification and measurement. Ross approaches these inquiries by utilizing text-based sources and quantitative text analysis, all while adhering to the principles of critical and concerned demography. Historical text data from books and newspapers, as well as web-based data, serve as essential components of Ross's research methodology.

Methodologically, Ross's interests lie in computational social science, web scraping, and natural language processing. Additionally, he holds a deep fascination for the philosophy of science and the pivotal role methodologies play in shaping the field. His aim is to gain insights into how demographers and social scientists adapt their techniques to formulate theories, identify issues, and frame research questions.

Presently, Ross is a second-year PhD candidate in demography at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He holds a BA in Geography from the University of Leeds and an MSc in Demography from the University of Southampton. Prior to embarking on his PhD journey, Ross served as a Research Assistant at the Vienna Institute of Demography, Austrian Academy of Sciences, where he conducted research into topics such as the uncertainty of fertility, the evolution of fertility intentions throughout one's lifespan, and the utilization of mobile phone apps for fertility tracking.

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