David Thorogood has worked in official statistics for 25 years, with much of this time being spent on areas related to population statistics. He currently manages the programme to develop the post-2021 census in the EU, which aims to take advantage of the increasing use of administrative data sources in many EU Member States to allow for annual updates for key census variables (including migration-related topics) and for a limited set of data to be disseminated for a common 1km² grid across the EU. Previously, he was responsible for drafting and implementing Regulation (EC) 862/2007, which was the first legal base for harmonised European statistics on migration and asylum. Other roles with Eurostat have included managing joint statistical research projects with academic experts, and presenting courses on statistical disclosure control.
Before moving to Eurostat, he was a researcher with the UK Office for National Statistics, undertaking a major update of survey and administrative data sources for internal and international migration statistics, and later a senior researcher working in a small team developing the methodology for the 2001 census.