Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Mathematics

Visiting Professor







Huxley BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





I am a Visiting Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Imperial College London, where I am researching and writing about official statistics. This has included some teaching about the role and use of official statistics. I am also the Royal Statistical Society's Honorary Officer for National Statistics and a member of the National Statistician's Expert User Advisory Committee (NSEUAC).  My research interest is currently the measurement of national wellbeing, measures that go beyond traditional economic statistics such as GDP to include quality of life and environmental sustainability. These measures need to be set in the context of 'public statistics', which are those needed to help answer questions about society, the economy, and the environment by drawing on existing statistics and devising new ones where necessary.

Do look at my article on Beyond GDP with Diane Coyle and Tim Jackson on The Conversation website here.

Short Bio

I retired in 2012 from the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) after a career as a professional statistician and researcher in a wide range of government economic and social policy departments, including those dealing with the labour market, health and safety, equal opportunities, the national economic accounts, and culture, media and sport. I also managed several programmes and projects concerned with developments to statistical systems, including options for a population register and alternatives to a mid-decade census. My final post was as director of the measuring national wellbeing programme in the ONS. I have a BSc Hons in Mathematics and an MSc in Statistics from the University of Manchester and have been a Chartered Statistician since 1993.

Since retiring, my pro-bono work has been through the Royal Statistical Society and I have also chaired the Statistics User Forum and the advisory group of the What Works Centre for Wellbeing.

Contact Details

Mr Paul Allin, C.Stat, FRSA
Visiting Professor in Statistics



Allin P, Hand DJ, 2021, Building back better needs better use of statistics., Signif (oxf), Vol:18, ISSN:1740-9705, Pages:44-45

Hantrais L, Allin P, Kritikos M, et al., 2020, Covid-19 and the digital revolution, Contemporary Social Science, ISSN:2158-2041, Pages:1-15

VanderWeele TJ, Trudel-Fitzgerald C, Allin P, et al., 2020, Brief well-being assessments, or nothing at all?, Preventive Medicine, Vol:135, ISSN:0091-7435

VanderWeele TJ, Trudel-Fitzgerald C, Allin P, et al., 2020, Current recommendations on the selection of measures for well-being, Preventive Medicine, Vol:133, ISSN:0091-7435

Allin P, 2019, Opportunities and challenges for official statistics in a digital society, Contemporary Social Science, Vol:16, ISSN:2158-2041, Pages:156-169

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