History at Leicester

Modelling Migration

Academic advisors

  • Professor Simon James
  • Professor Mark Jobling
  • Professor Jo Story

Research Associate

  • Dr Rita Rasteiro

Human genetic diversity has been described as a palimpsest, in which many layers, reflecting different demographic episodes such as particular past migrations and diasporas, are superimposed. There is a clear need for an objective assessment of the meaning of patterns of genetic diversity in Britain and of the demographic impacts of diasporas. This can be approached through computer modelling, informed by other disciplines. This project will use computer simulations in a geographically-explicit framework to model processes of genetic change in populations in Britain over historical time (i.e. Late Iron Age to the present).

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