ESRC/BSPS Seminar Series

 ‘Microsimulation modelling in the UK: bridging the gaps’


A short series of four closely-spaced seminars designed to:

·        Identify and agree common areas of challenge

·        Encourage greater/more

o   pooling of effort

o   sharing of existing solutions

o   collaborative research grant applications


Seminar 1 'Scaling up; scaling down'


Thursday 2nd April; London


Speaker / Team


Holly Sutherland

   EUROMOD, University of Essex

EUROMOD: the flexibility to “add new countries”  

    [Slides] [Transcript]

Sally Edwards and Simon Gault

   Dept. for Work and Pensions

Developing & Maintaining Dynamic Micro-   Simulation Models at DWP

    [Slides] [Transcript]

Mark Birkin and Andy  Turner

   MOSES, University of Leeds

E-infrastructure for large scale spatial simulations

    [Slides] [Transcript]

Paul Williamson

   University of Liverpool

Creating synthetic sub-regional baseline populations

    [Slides] [Transcript]

Belinda Wu

   MOSES, University of Leeds

Dynamic micro-simulation with spatial interactions

    [Slides] [Transcript]


Seminar 2 'Adding Behaviour'


Wednesday 6th May; London


Speaker / Team


Alan Duncan and Adam Richardson

   University of Nottingham; Dept. for Work

   and Pensions

Behavioural Labour Supply Modelling in DWP 

    [Slides] [Transcript]

Edmund Chattoe-Brown

   University of Leicester

Agent-based modelling and microsimulation: ne’er     the twain shall meet?

    [Slides] [Transcript]

Kirk Harland and Alison Heppenstall

   CSAP, University of Leeds

Modelling individual consumer behaviour

    [Slides] [Transcript]

Wes Hinsley

   Imperial College, London

Modelling epidemics

    [Slides] [Transcript]

Gary Polhill and Nick Gotts

   Macaulay Land Use Research Institute

Modelling evolving patterns of land-use: the     FEARLUS model [Slides] [Transcript]

Olga Feldman and David Simmonds

   David Simmonds Consulting

Household location in response to changes in    transport/accessibility using SimDELTA

    [Slides] [Transcript]


Seminar 3 'Moving beyond tax-benefit and demographic modelling'

Thursday 2nd July; Leeds

Speaker / Team


Ben Anderson

   Chimera, University of Essex

Retail , expenditure and time-use

    [Slides 19Mb] [Transcript]

Stephen Cragg

   SIAS (S-Paramics)

Modelling individual vehicle and driver behaviours

   [Slides] [Movie 1 38Mb] [Movie 2  105Mb]


Dimitris Ballas

   University of Sheffield


    [Slides] [Transcript]

Mike Murphy

   MAP2030 (SOCSIM), London School of


A microsimulation model for projecting family and kinship networks in Britain

    [Slides] [Transcript]

Ruth Hancock and Marcello Morciano

  MAP2030 (CARESIM), University of East


Moving from a dynamic cohort microsimulation model to a dynamic population microsimulation model: an incremental approach for a UK model of long-term care charging (CARESIM)

    [Slides] [Transcript]

David Bell

   OPERA, University of Stirling

Health and social care: microsimulation in a cold climate

    [Slides] [Transcript]


Seminar 4 'Bridging the gaps' / ‘Setting the agenda’

Friday 11th September; Brighton (as part of BSPS annual conference)

Speaker / Team


David Roe and Doug Rendle

   HM Treasury

Microsimulation in the Treasury: methods and

    Challenges   [Slides] [Transcript]

Mike Brewer

   Institute for Fiscal Studies

Microsimulation at the IFS: achievements and

    Challenges   [Slides]  [Transcript]

Chris Drane

   Dept. for Work and Pensions

Microsimulation Modelling in the DWP –

    lessons learnt and future challenges

    [Slides] [Transcript]

Jane Falkingham and Maria Evandrou

   University of Southampton

Modelling with SAGE: lessons and future plans


Justine McNamara


Microsimulation in Australia: lessons from NATSEM

    [Slides] [Transcript]

Chantal Hicks

   Statistics Canada

Building a coherent national microsimulation

    strategy: lessons from Statistics Canada

    [Slides] [Transcript]

Paul Williamson

   University of Liverpool

UK microsimulation: bridging the gaps

    [Slides] [Transcript]