The Population Geography Research Group (PGRG) provides a forum for population geographers to present and discuss the latest findings of research in the sub-discipline through its conference and publication activities, to debate relevant theoretical, philosophical and methodological issues, and to consider policy dimensions, both in the UK and internationally.

University of Leeds: Research Fellow – Population Analytics for Mobility and Health

By John McCarthy - Last updated: Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The School of Geography at the University of Leeds are seeking to appoint a post-doctoral researcher to join the Consumer Data Research Centre.
For more information, please see here.
Applications close 31st July 2016.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate – University of Liverpool

By John McCarthy - Last updated: Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Thanks to generous funding from The Economic and Social Research Council, for a project called: ‘Changing Socio-Spatial Inequalities: Population change and the lived experience of inequality in urban South Africa’, there is a post-doctoral research opportunity available, based at the University of Liverpool.

Please see here for more details.

The deadline for applications is Friday 13th May 2016.

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Fully Funded EPSRC PhD studentship on population stability and residential mobility in London

By John McCarthy - Last updated: Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Fully Funded EPSRC PhD studentship on population stability and residential mobility in London
There is an excellent opportunity to apply for a fully funded 4-year EPSRC PhD studentship at the UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, focusing on the long term prospects of large urban residential development initiatives in London in the context of increasingly transient populations. The project will develop an in-depth understanding of historical, small-area residential mobility patterns within London (for some, the escalator journey) using a range of datasets.
For full details and information on how to apply, click here.
Informal enquiries can be made directly to Dr Adam Dennett:
The closing date for applications is 2nd June 2016.

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Job opportunity: Associate Professor / Professor in Spatial Information, Uni. of Canterbury (NZ)

By John McCarthy - Last updated: Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI), Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and University of Canterbury are seeking to appoint an Associate Professor / Professor in Spatial Information.

Please find application details here.

The closing date for this position is Sunday 8th May 2016.

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Job opportunity: Research Fellow – University of Leeds

By John McCarthy - Last updated: Friday, March 4, 2016

Please see here to view details of a job opportunity at the University of Leeds. The successful applicant will join a project entitled “Sub-national context and radical right support in Europe” (SCoRE). The closing date for applications is Thursday 17th March 2016.

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Call for abstracts – PopFest 2016: The 24th Annual Population Postgraduate Conference

By John McCarthy - Last updated: Thursday, March 3, 2016

4th – 6th July 2016
University of Manchester
PopFest is an annual Population Studies conference for postgraduate students organised by fellow postgraduates. It provides an excellent opportunity to bring together researchers from various Social Science disciplines such as Demography, Human Geography, Urban Planning, Sociology, Social Anthropology, Social Statistics, Politics and other related fields. PopFest not only attracts very talented researchers from across the UK but also from around Europe making it a successful platform for friendly, international networking.
PopFest has been successfully organised by various British universities in conjunction with the British Society for Population Studies (BSPS) for the past 23 years. In 2016, the University of Manchester will be hosting the event for the first time. Located in the heart of the North West region of England with excellent transport links (road, rail and air), the University of Manchester provides an excellent opportunity to bring together talented researchers from across the UK and Europe.
Abstracts for both oral presentations and poster sessions are welcome. Theoretical as well as empirical papers can include—but are not limited to—the following topics:
· Migration/mobility
· Childhood and youth
· Health and mortality
· Ethnicity and religion
· Modelling and simulation
· Small area estimation and survey methodology
· Data management and methodological approaches in population studies
· Life course
· Ageing
· Population policies
· Household and family demography
· Fertility, contraception, sexual and reproductive behaviour
· Urban and landscape planning
Paper proposals should include a title and an abstract length of maximum 300 words. In order to apply, please send it to including “PopFest 2016 poster/presentation (choose one) abstract” in the subject header by Thursday, March 31 2016. You will be notified regarding the acceptance by Friday, May 6 2016. All presentations will be 15 minutes with 5 minutes for questions.
A limited number of student bursaries will be available. To be considered for a student bursary, please add an extra 150 words below your abstract outlining the reason(s) for your bursary application.
Early bird registration ends on Friday, May 20 2016, and standard registration ends Friday, June 17 2016.
For further details visit our webpage or Facebook page.
If you have any queries, please email:

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Policy Forum: Europe’s migration crisis? 22 March 2016, RGS-IBG

By John McCarthy - Last updated: Thursday, March 3, 2016

Europe’s migration crisis?

21st Century Challenges: Policy Forum
Tuesday 22 March 2016: 5.30pm – 7.30pm (with the opportunity to stay for dinner until 9.30pm)

Join the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) for a lively panel discussion (5.30pm – 7.30pm), with the opportunity to stay for dinner (7.30pm – 9.30pm) to explore the challenges and opportunities presented to the UK by high levels of migration. This event is the third in the 21st Century Challenges: Policy Forum series, aimed at bridging the gap and promoting knowledge exchange between geographical evidence, practice and policy.

Net migration has exceeded 100,000 a year, every year since 1998. With the number of migrants entering the UK unlikely to decrease, at least in the short to medium term, how can the UK adjust to the new reality of high net migration, ensuring the best possible outcomes for the UK’s economy, society and for migrants themselves?

Questions posed include:

– How can understanding the dynamics of migration, migrants’ origins and their experiences, help policy-makers in Europe and the UK respond appropriately to – increasing international migration?
– What are the impacts – positive and negative – of increasing net migration on the UK at different geographical scales?
– What are the realities of the impacts on productivity, jobs and services?

Speakers confirmed include Professor Heaven Crawley, Chair in International Migration at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University and Dr Max Nathan, Deputy Director of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth and Senior Fellow at the University of Birmingham. Further speakers to be confirmed.

Who should attend? Policy-makers, the business community, practitioners, academics, NGOs and other interested professionals. We encourage you to contribute your knowledge and expertise to the discussion.

Registration: Click here to find out more about the event and how to register.

Pass it on: If you know others who would be interested in attending this event, please send this invitation on to them.

The discussion will start promptly at 5.50pm at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR. Refreshments and networking from 5.30pm – 5.50pm.

For further information about the 21st Century Challenges series, including our public panel discussions, please visit our website.

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Job opportunity: Professorship in Spatial Information, University of Canterbury (NZ)

By John McCarthy - Last updated: Monday, February 1, 2016

Dear colleagues,

The Geospatial Research Institute at the University of Canterbury (NZ) is currently advertising a Professorship in Spatial Information.

Please find application details here, and more information about the post (including job description) here.

The closing date for this position is Sunday 14th February 2016.

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Call for papers: 1st International Conference on Geographies of Migration and Mobility (iMigMob)

By John McCarthy - Last updated: Monday, January 11, 2016


1st International Conference on Geographies of Migration and Mobility (iMigMob)

Loughborough University, UK

18th-20th July 2016 (last booking date 1st July)

Call for papers

In the ‘age of migration’, where migration and mobilities are prominent daily and emotive topics on the radar of media, politicians, and wider populations, debating the processes and patterns of sub-national and international movements are imperative. Yet, a dedicated international conference on these ‘geographies’ of migration and mobility is currently lacking, and opportunities to debate the spatialities of migration and mobility are limited. Understandings can be enriched by bringing together scholars, whose work deepens knowledge of the movement of people across space, as migration (e.g. Castles, Champion, Cooke, Ellis, King, Wright) or mobility (e.g. Adey, Bissell, Cresswell, Merriman) unfolds within and across neighbourhoods, local, regional, national, continental boundaries and borders. In proposing this new conference, our aim is to cultivate and share different disciplinary perspectives of migration and mobilities, and to firmly fix the spotlight on the intersections between population and demographic research and the wider social science tradition of work on mobilities.

The conference will be organised on the broad themes of:

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Please submit abstracts (maximum 150 words) before 19th February 2016 to: (Professor Darren Smith).

To register for the conference see here

Early bird registration (£75) will be available until the end of February 2016. This will include: open coffee/tea facilities, lunches, and conference dinner. From 1st March 2016, the cost of the registration fee will be £100.

Accommodation is not covered by the registration fee. Optional B&B accommodation at the conference centre can be booked via registration link. Other accommodation options in Loughborough include: Travelodge and Premier Inn

The conference is organised by the Human Geography Research Group of Loughborough University. We are delighted that the Vice-Chancellor of Loughborough University (Professor Bob Allison) will welcome delegates to the conference. Professor Paul Boyle (Vice-Chancellor of Leicester University) will provide the welcome speech at the conference meal.

The conference is kindly sponsored by: Population Geography Research Group of RGS-IBG; Social and Cultural Geography Research Group of RGS-IBG; British Society for Population Studies (BSPS).

There will be 10+ bursaries to support the attendance of new career, postgraduate, and unwaged delegates (please send email to Dr Sophie Cranston (

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Fully funded PhD Studentship, Hull York Medical School, How healthy are older migrants?

By John McCarthy - Last updated: Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Hull York Medical School, UK, invites application for a fully funded PhD studentship in applied health research

How healthy are older migrants?

Health between migrants and the local population often differs in that migrants frequently have a health advantage over the resident population when they first enter a country. This so called healthy migrant effect might diminish over time.

Australia, which has rigorous health requirements on migrants, has an increasing proportion of foreign born population (27.7% in 2013) who come from the UK (5.3% of total population), followed by New Zealand, China, India and Vietnam. Even though a favourite migration country, the population is ageing and research on migrant health is sparse as in many other countries.

We work closely with colleagues in Australia and this studentship provides an opportunity to interrogate a large dataset to explore the impact of ageing on a large migrant community. This project will examine the health of older migrants using the Dynamic Analyses to Optimise Ageing (DYNOPTA) dataset which combines 9 Australian longitudinal studies for ageing (over 50000 participants). This longitudinal dataset contains the relevant information for this study, for example: country of birth, health behaviours and conditions, activity limitations, mental and cognitive health, and use of services.

The aim of the project will be to compare the mortality and morbidity (both physical and mental health) of older migrants with the local-born population. Differences will be related to factors such as: (1) duration of residence, education, language spoken, access to services and caring responsibilities; and (2) variations in health behaviour such as smoking, drinking and physical activities. Although conducted in a non-UK dataset, the study will use generalizable skills and generate generalizable findings.

This project is suitable for a student with good quantitative skills (e.g. degree in statistics, computer science, geography, psychology etc.). The PhD will offer the opportunity to expand quantitative skills with demographic methods and standard measures of health inequalities. Interrogating large datasets is a key strategic area of the new Institute of Clinical and Applied Health Research in Hull and the student’s research will be a part of that initiative.

Supervisors: Dr Pia Wohland and Professor Miriam Johnson. For informal enquiries contact

All applications MUST BE submitted online

The deadline is 29 February 2016.

For more information please follow this link

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