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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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Job opportunity: Research Assistant- University of Cambridge

By John McCarthy - Last updated: Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Please follow this link to find details of a job opportunity based at the Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge. The post is for a Research Assistant to work on an ESRC-funded project examining young adults’ housing transitions. The closing date for applications is January 31st 2016.

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Job opportunity: Senior Research Assistant – WISERD

By John McCarthy - Last updated: Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Please follow this link to find details of a job opportunity based at the University of South Wales. The main purpose of the job is to undertake work deriving small area estimates of social capital in Wales as part of the WISERD research programme. Applications close 22nd January.

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Joanna Stillwell Undergraduate Dissertation Prize 2015

By John McCarthy - Last updated: Thursday, October 15, 2015


Joanna Stillwell Undergraduate Dissertation Prize 2015

The Population Geography Research Group is pleased to announce the winners of the Joanna Stillwell Undergraduate Dissertation Prize, 2015.

This prize is named in memory of Joanna Stillwell, daughter of Professor John Stillwell of the University of Leeds. The Population Geography Research Group awards three prizes (£100 for first prize; £50 for second prize; £25 for third prize) for the best undergraduate dissertations in the broad field of Population Geography. For further information (including past winners) please see:

The winners of the 2015 Joanna Stillwell Undergraduate Dissertation Prizes are:

In joint first place:

George King, University of St Andrews
From Boston, Lincolnshire to ‘Bostonia-Lincolngrad’? Belonging in rural England since recent immigration from East-Central Europe

Shaun Gymer, University of Bristol
Does ethnic diversity hinder civic engagement in Bristol? A multilevel analysis

In third place:

Claire Sayer, University of Southampton
Stability of the ethnicity variable over time on the English School Census

Congratulations to George, Shaun and Claire!


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Research Associate – Population Forecasting – Charles Darwin University

By John McCarthy - Last updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Charles Darwin University is seeking a Research Associate (level A) or Research Fellow (level B) to work on an Australian Research Council-funded project on subnational population forecasting led by Dr Tom Wilson.
See for more details, or contact

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Call for Papers – AAG 2016 – Geographies of Internal Migration: Cross-National Trends and Patterns

By John McCarthy - Last updated: Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Geographies of Internal Migration: Cross-National Trends and Patterns
Convenors: Professor Thomas Cooke (University of Connecticut), Dr Ian Shuttleworth (QUB), Professor Darren Smith (Loughborough University) and Dr Nik Lomax (University of Leeds)
Sponsored by the Population Speciality Group of the AAG and the Population Geography Research Group of the RGS/IBG
This session seeks papers to debate the provocative question: Are traditional concepts and theories of internal migration fit for purpose in the context of changing patterns and processes of sub-national migration? Recent studies contend that new geographies of internal migration are unfolding, and require new perspectives, methods and data. This begs questions about the growing prevalence of local mobilities and conventional concepts such as ‘tied migrants’, and the emergence of new strategies and trade-offs adopted by persons to ‘stay put’, as opposed to ‘upping sticks’ and moving.
In the USA (Cooke 2011; Molloy 2011) and the United Kingdom (Champion and Shuttleworth 2012) rates and flows of internal migration have fallen. These falls have been attributed to a suite of economic, political and social changes that have been shared by many if not all advanced societies, but this supposition begs the question as to whether this is generally true.
Similarly, Lomax et al. (2014) point to the reduction of counterurban flows and the rise of inter-urban moves; while Smith (2012) reports rising levels of individuals migrating into city centres driven by reurbanisation projects. Identifying variation by sub-groups (ethnic, social class, lifecourse, gender, cultural differentials) and by region/country is important (Smith et al., 2015). For example the increase of tuition fees and rising student debt in the UK may lead to lower levels of regional student migration, and graduate migration (Sage et al., 2013).
The relationship between international immigration and subsequent internal migration flows may contribute to future patterns, such as the so-called ‘migrant crisis’ in Europe – as refugees move through various European states in their quest for asylum and technological developments (e.g. Skype, FaceTime) may be influential in reducing the need for persons to move sub-nationally for work and social relations.
The proposed session therefore seeks to draw together evidence on long-term temporal trends in internal migration, and aims to explore the factors that are shaping the experience of the countries of contributors. The session will also draw upon the material produced for the forthcoming edited book by Champion, Cooke and Shuttleworth, but it is not exclusive to this, and it therefore also aims to provide a wider forum for the discussion of a wide range of country studies and also the latest thinking on this important topic. Abstracts and PINS should be sent jointly to Cooke (, Shuttleworth (, Smith ( and Lomax ( by October 27th 2015.

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Job opportunity: Research fellow demographic change and world population

By John McCarthy - Last updated: Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Dear colleagues,

Please follow this link to see a job advert from the Federal Institute for Population Research.

The research group Demographic Change and World Population at the Federal Institute for Population Research is currently recruiting for a research fellow (48 month fixed term contract, full time). The research position requires a master degree (or equivalent); a PhD (or equivalent) is appreciated. German language skills are required.

The Federal Institute for Population Research is a research institute within the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of the Interior and based in Wiesbaden (Germany). The remuneration is according to the German public service scale (salary group TVöD E14).

Please note that the deadline for applications is September 24th 2015.

Yours sincerely

Frank Swiaczny

Managing Editor
CPoS | Comparative Population Studies

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New book

By John McCarthy - Last updated: Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Population Geography Research Group of RGS-IBG are delighted to announce the launch of the new book: Internal Migration Processes: Geographic Perspectives (Ashgate), edited by Darren Smith, Nissa Finney, Keith Halfacree and Nigel Walford.

The book is the product of engagements between research groups of RGS-IBG.

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