Jane Falkingham is Professor of Demography & International Social Policy and Dean of the Faculty of Social & Human Sciences at the University of Southampton. She is also the Director of the ESRC Centre for Population Change, whose remit is to ‘improve understanding of the drivers and consequences of population change both nationally and globally’. Jane pursues a multi-disciplinary research agenda, located at the interface between social policy and population studies and spanning both developed and developing countries. Much of her research over the past twenty years has focussed on the social policy implications of population change and the well-being of people and families, with her research taking an explicitly life course approach. Jane has published more than 150 books, journal articles and book chapters, and supervised over 20 PhD students to successful completion.