Portrait of Douglas Leasure

Douglas Leasure

WP1 Co-lead
University of Oxford
Doug is a Senior Researcher and Senior Data Scientist at the Leverhulme Center for Demographic Science (LCDS). Doug's research spans demography, population ecology, Bayesian statistics, and GIS/remote sensing. He specialises in developing novel methods to map population sizes and demographics with high spatial resolution in data-sparse settings by supplementing traditional survey data with innovative new data sources including social media activity and space-based Earth observations. His work developing bespoke hierarchical Bayesian modelling approaches aims to account for uncertainty in demographic estimation processes to support informed decision-making for crisis response, census support, government services, and global health initiatives.