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Prof David Voas
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  • Professor of Social Science
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education

David Voas is Professor of Social Science in the UCL Social Research Institute, which he led until 2020. He is a demographer and sociologist of religion.  

David studied at London School of Economics and the University of Cambridge: 

  • LSE: BSc(Econ), First Class Honours (Philosophy, Logic & Scientific Method), 1977
  • LSE: MSc with Distinction (Demography), 1978
  • Cambridge: PhD (Social & Political Sciences; ‘Demographic and historical aspects of subfertility in tropical Africa’), 1981 

He worked in the private sector for a number of years and also spent extended periods outside the UK, particularly in France, the United States and Bulgaria. He returned to academic life in 1998, first as a researcher at the University of Liverpool and subsequently as a lecturer at the University of Sheffield. 

David was awarded a Simon Research Fellowship at the University of Manchester in 2003 and remained there for eight years, first in the Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research and later in the Institute for Social Change. In 2007, he was promoted to professor and given a chair in the Institute for Social Change, later merged into the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research. 

David was Professor of Population Studies in the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex from November 2011 to January 2016. He joined UCL as Professor of Social Science and Head of the Department of Social Science (now the UCL Social Research Institute) in February 2016.  He stepped down as Head at the end of September 2020. 

Research Summary

David Voas uses survey data to study religious change and value change in modern societies, the intergenerational transmission of religion and values, and related topics.  David was the European Values Study national programme director for Great Britain from 2008 to 2020 and served on the EVS Executive Committee for most of that period.  He is co-director of British Religion in Numbers (www.brin.ac.uk), an online centre for British data on religion that has received recognition as a British Academy Research Project. He is on the editorial boards of the British Journal of Sociology and the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

Teaching Summary

David Voas contributes occasional lectures to teaching programmes in the department.  He supervises undergraduate and masters' dissertations. 

Academic Background
1981   Doctor of Philosophy University of Cambridge
1978   Master of Science London School of Economics and Political Science
1977   Bachelor of Science (Economics) London School of Economics and Political Science
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