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.

Dual PhD opportunities: University of Liverpool (UK) and National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan)

By John McCarthy - Last updated: Monday, April 20, 2015

This is to let you know about two PhD opportunities. They are dual PhDs and will be awarded by the University of Liverpool (UK) and National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan).
The successful applicant will spend at least one year (of a maximum total four years) in each institution. The funding for this programme covers tuition fees and a contribution to living expenses of $20,000 New Taiwanese Dollars per month (approximately £430 sterling at the time of writing).
1. Does Ethnicity and Country of Birth Impact on Educational Opportunities and Attainment in the UK and Taiwan?
Details can be found at: Please direct questions to Chris Lloyd (
2. Why has Fertility Declined to a Very Low Level in Taiwan?
Details can be found at: Please direct questions to Hill Kulu (
These are exciting opportunities to study in two different research environments and to benefit from the expertise and facilities offered by two internationally-renowned universities. The supervisory team comprises Prof Eric Lin (NTHU), Professor Hill Kulu, Dr Chris Lloyd, Dr Gemma Catney (all Liverpool).
Chris Lloyd

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Centre for Spatial Demographics Research, University of Liverpool: Centre Symposium and Launch Event

By John McCarthy - Last updated: Thursday, March 5, 2015

Thursday 11th and Friday 12th June 2015, University of Liverpool

Research on population studies is at a major turning point. Changes not just in population dynamics (for example, in fertility and family formation and migration, and in the social, economic, demographic and ethnic characteristics of neighbourhoods), but also in the ways in which populations are measured and recorded, mean that new approaches to the study of populations are essential. Within this context, the University of Liverpool is establishing a new inter-disciplinary Centre for Spatial Demographics Research, reflecting a recent growth in expertise in spatial population studies within the University.

This is to invite you to a symposium and launch of the Centre. The event will focus on recent research and challenges in spatial demographics research. It will bring together leading researchers in spatial demographics who will present cutting-edge research and engage with key agendas in the field. Within this context, spatial demographics covers any research that falls within the broad headings of population research (quantitative and qualitative), spatial analysis, demography, epidemiology and geographical information science and this event is likely to appeal to any academics, public sector researchers and others who have an interest in spatially-referenced population data and their analysis. Six key research themes provide the focus of the event:

1. Demographic change
2. Small-area estimation
3. Migration and ethnic diversity
4. Geodemographics
5. Long-term change
6. Future opportunities

Each theme will feature talks from a Centre member, an invited external speaker who will reflect on their own work as well as wider issues about the theme, and an invited external speaker on the theme’s policy context. Confirmed speakers include: Professor Tony Champion (Newcastle University), Professor Phil Rees (University of Leeds), Alan Smith (Office for National Statistics), Professor Richard Webber (King’s College London), Professor Li-Chun Zhang (University of Southampton).

This will be an exciting event which will showcase the latest research and debate progress and problems in spatial demographics. Spaces are limited and first-come-first served, so early booking is recommended.

The event will run over two days (starting at 12.30pm on the 11th and closing at 1pm on the 12th). A buffet lunch and coffee and tea will be provided on both days. Attendance is free, but registration is essential.

To register for this event, click here.

Chris Lloyd

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Two Lecturer / Senior Lecturer Posts in Social Statistics, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester

By John McCarthy - Last updated: Sunday, February 8, 2015

Closing date : 26/02/2015
Reference : HUM-05935
Faculty / Organisational unit : Humanities
School / Directorate : School of Social Sciences
Division : Social Statistics
Employment type : Permanent
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Salary : £34,233 to £47,328 per annum (for Lecturer) or £48,743 to £58,172 per annum (for Senior Lecturer)
Hours per week : Full time

Details and an online application form at:

Applications are invited for two Lectureship/Senior Lectureship positions in Social Statistics tenable from 1st August 2015. The appointed candidates will join the Social Statistics Discipline Area and will provide academic leadership within the associated research institute:

The Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMIST), with respect to both research and the design and implementation of teaching programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Applicants must have established a reputation in Social Statistics, supported by a strong record of published research output and a wider record of achievement with publications in statistics or methodological journals.

Applicants with background in Quantitative Social Science are invited to apply but specializations in quantitative demographic methods, survey and census methodology, small area estimation, multilevel/hierarchical models, development and application of computational statistical methods, longitudinal data analysis, missing data problems and social network analysis, are particularly welcome.

Salary will be within the range from £34,233 – £47,328 (for appointment at lecturer level) and £48,743 – £58,172 (for appointment at senior lecturer level) per annum (According to experience).

Informal inquiries may be made to Professor Natalie Shlomo. Email:

For information about Social Statistics, see

Applications should be made online. If you are unable to apply on line please request an application form by emailing quoting the reference number or by calling 0161 275 8838 (HR team recruitment line number).

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Deadline for Abstracts: International Conference on Population Geographies 2015

By John McCarthy - Last updated: Sunday, February 8, 2015

The deadline for receipt of abstracts for the 8th International Conference on Population Geographies is fast approaching.

We look forward to receiving your proposal by Monday 16th February 2015 and welcoming you to the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, from 30 June to 3 July 2015.

We invite papers from all fields of population geography and allied disciplines, especially contributions around the following themes:

Spatial demography
Migration and development
Ethnicity and segregation
Migration and the environment
Households and housing
Demography of the life course
Fertility and the family
Towards the end: death and dying
Ageing and morbidity
Indigenous populations
Official statistics
Exploiting big data
Data visualisation and communication
Demographic projections
Applications of demography
Population health

Abstracts for papers and posters should be around 250 words and include the title, authors, affiliations, and contact email, and be sent to For all other aspects of the conference, contact .

Key dates

Monday 16 February 2015 – Deadline for submitting abstracts.
Monday 9 March 2015 – Notification of acceptance.
Monday 16 March – Registration opens.
Monday 4 May – Deadline for Early bird Registration.

Other essential details of the conference including registration fees, accommodation, and travel are available on the Conference website at:

We are unable to assist with transport or accommodation costs for the conference but we will be offering a number of registrations at reduced cost for participants from developing countries who can demonstrate financial need.

We hope to welcome you to Brisbane in June next year, but if you prefer not to receive further correspondence about the Conference, please simply reply with Unsubscribe in the subject header.

Yours Sincerely,

Dr Elin Charles-Edwards and Professor Martin Bell

On behalf of the ICPG 2015 Organising Committee

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Postdoc / Research Positions in the GeoHealth Lab at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ

By John McCarthy - Last updated: Friday, January 23, 2015

Please see the following links for details:

Geospatial Data Scientist – Sensing City Health Project

Postdoctoral Fellow – GeoHealth Laboratory

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Postdoctoral Research Associate – Quantitative Population Geography

By John McCarthy - Last updated: Wednesday, January 14, 2015

There is a research associate opportunity in quantitative population geography at the University of Liverpool. The post details are as follows:
Postdoctoral Research Associate
£32,277 pa
Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Environmental Sciences, Department of Geography and Planning
Location: University Campus
Ref: R-587244/WWW
Closing date for receipt of applications: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:00:00 GMT
This exciting opportunity arises from a recent ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative Phase 2 award, to support a project which focuses on geographic inequalities in the UK and how these have changed over the last 40 years. The project will involve the development of a set of population surfaces for a wide array of socio-economic and demographic variables for the UK Censuses of 1971-2011. These population surfaces enable assessment of changes over small geographical areas. The production of surfaces will allow detailed analysis of, for example, the persistence of social deprivation at the neighbourhood scale or the ways in which housing tenures have changed across the regions of the UK. You should have a PhD in Population Geography, Geographic Information Science, or the broader Social Sciences (with a quantitative focus). Experience in manipulating large datasets and some programming experience would also be desirable. The post is available until 31 July 2016.
For more information, please see:

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Call for Papers: Annual Conference of the 2015 RGS-IBG

By John McCarthy - Last updated: Tuesday, January 13, 2015


The Population Geography Research Group are delighted to issue our call for papers for the annual conference of the 2015 RGS-IBG, for sessions sponsored by the research group. The conference will take place on Wednesday 2nd to Friday 4th September 2015, at the University of Exeter.


If you are interested in presenting a paper in one of these sessions, please email a paper abstract of 200-300 words to the session convenor(s) listed underneath the session titles below. Abstracts must be with session convenors no later than Wednesday 11th February.


1. Exploiting New Data for Population Research


Co-sponsored by the Quantitative Methods Research Group


Convenors: Adam Dennett (University College London), Ian Shuttleworth (Queen’s University Belfast), Nik Lomax (University of Leeds) and Chris Lloyd (University of Liverpool)
Email contact:


Researchers studying population have long relied on the rich and familiar data contained in national population censuses. However, as the popularity of censuses worldwide is challenged by the ‘data deluge’ and the prospect of free (or at least by-product), real-time (or at least more-timely) and ‘Big’ new datasets, what does this ‘brave new world’ offer population geographers? There is potential to ask and answer new questions but also significant theoretical and methodological challenges in handling and extracting meaning from these proliferating new datasets. The session aims to explore not only these new social and policy questions but also the methods that can be most appropriately used. Scholarly papers are therefore invited from those interested in using these new data to understand human population patterns and processes, particularly (but not exclusively) in the areas of:


Population dynamics and/or estimation
Planning and Policy
Health and epidemiology
Cities and urban sustainability
Crime and Security
Spatial Modelling and GIS


2. Getting My Research Funded: A Workshop for Population Geographers


Co-sponsored by the Postgraduate Forum


Convenors: Nik Lomax (University of Leeds), Keith Halfacree (Swansea University) and Nigel De Noronha (University of Manchester)
Email contact:


Attracting research funding is an essential skill for all academics: grant income dictates the quality and scope of work which can be undertaken and is a key contributor to successful progression through an academic career. This session provides an opportunity for discussion of the wide range of funding streams (both UK and international) available to population geographers and will provide advice on how to seek out and apply for this funding. Participants are asked to provide an overview of their research (which could be a shortened version of a presentation given for another session at the conference). A group discussion will follow which focuses on the types of funding which are directly relevant to population geographers. This discussion involves both the presenters and the audience. The focus on relevant funding provides participants with an opportunity to gather advice from experienced academics, who will share their tips on successfully applying for grants and other research income.
The session is aimed at postgraduates and early career researchers with an interest in population geography, but is of course open to anyone with an interest in learning more about identifying and applying for research funding.


3. Exploring the Migration Industries


Convenor: Sophie Cranston (Loughborough University)
Email contact:


In this ‘age of migration’ (Castles and Millar 2009) research on migration tends to focus on why migrants leave home and what happens to them when they arrive. However, two recent developments in studies of migration challenge this conceptualisation. First, from a mobilities perspective we challenge such sedendarist understandings and see migration as being like a journey where we explore how migrant identity is produced on the move (Cresswell 2006). Second, from a more structuralist approach, we have begun to explore the commercialisation of migration— how migration is mediated by businesses as diverse as brokers, security companies, transporters, non-governmental organisations, recruitment agencies and international human resource management (Gammeltoft-Hansen and Sorenson 2013). We can see research on the migration industries as looking at the provision of services that facilitate, constrain and assist international migration, the central role that industries play in shaping and constraining contemporary mobility patterns and mobile identities.


This session is aimed at those wishing to present research that advances our understanding of the operation of the migration industries from a variety of perspectives. This could include research that looks at:


• Theoretical perspectives on migration industries;
• Empirical examples of migration industries;
• Explanations between different types of migration industries;
• The relationship between the state and migration industries;
• How migration industries mediate patterns of mobility;
• How migration industries shape experiences of mobility.


Castles, S., and M. J. Miller. 2009. The age of migration : international population movements in the modern world. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Cresswell, T. 2006. On the move: Mobility in Modern Western World. New York; London: Taylor Francis Group.
Gammeltoft-Hansen, T. and N. Nyberg Sorenson. Eds. 2013. The Migration Industry and the Commercialization of International Migration. London: Routledge


4. Mobilities and Immobilities in Europe after the Global Economic Crisis


Convenors: Darja Reuschke and David McCollum (University of St Andrews)
Email contact:


Population geographers and sociologists have paid much attention to immigration and work-related mobilities of highly skilled people. This research has drawn the picture of highly mobile societies and ever-increasing mobility demands put in place in the work sphere. Little attention has been paid to immobility and immobile groups including the sick and disabled, single parents and other households on low incomes. Some commentators have argued (before the crisis) that this mobility dialectic does not match the reality of the vast majority of the population. How has the Global Economic Crisis impacted on mobility and immobility in Europe? Have high unemployment rates and under-employment in most of European countries decreased internal migration? How have immigration patterns in Europe been developed over the past years and who is mobile and who is not? Have we reached ‘peak mobility’ on the grounds of little employment opportunities elsewhere?
This session seeks answers to this set of questions to understand contemporary living and work choices of people and households in Europe. It particularly seeks to shift the focus on spatial immobility and resources (e.g. in the neighbourhood) that have helped people and households to cope with the slacked economic situation in place. We are also particularly interested in papers that expand the ‘job’ focus of existing population and employment research through looking at people becoming self-employed in situ or the informal economy.


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Call for papers – International Conference on Population Geographies 2015

By John McCarthy - Last updated: Wednesday, December 17, 2014


The Spatial Dimensions of Population – Call for papers


The call for papers for the 8th International Conference on Population Geographies is now open. The Conference will be held at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia from 30th June to 3rd July 2015.


Abstracts for papers and posters should be around 250 words and include the title, authors, affiliations, and contact email, and be sent to The conference organisers welcome offers of papers on any aspect of population geography or spatial demography, as well as proposals to organise sessions. The deadline for submissions is Monday 16th   February 2015.


Essential details of the conference including themed sessions, conference location, accommodation, and travel are available on the conference website at: http://www.

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Joanna Stillwell Undergraduate Dissertation Prize 2014

By John McCarthy - Last updated: Sunday, November 16, 2014


Joanna Stillwell Undergraduate Dissertation Prize 2014

The Population Geography Research Group is proud to announce the winners of the Joanna Stillwell Undergraduate Dissertation Prize, 2014.

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 2014 Joanna Stillwell Undergraduate Dissertation Prizes are:

Congratulations to James, Caitlin and Alicja!

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Post Doctoral Fellow: GeoHealth Laboratory, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

By John McCarthy - Last updated: Sunday, November 2, 2014


Post Doctoral Fellow: GeoHealth Laboratory, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand


Job ID: 2386


Closing date: November 27th 2014


Research in Quantitative Health Geography


The GeoHealth Laboratory, Department of Geography, University of Canterbury invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship (research). This is a three-year position and available immediately. The fellowship is intended for a recent Ph.D. whose training and research is in health and medical geography, public health, social epidemiology and/or related a discipline. Good quantitative skills and GIS expertise are essential. The successful candidate will be expected to develop research that is consistent with the research profile of the GeoHealth Laboratory. Potential research areas could include (but are not limited to):


· Neighbourhoods and health
· Environmental justice and health
· Environment and health
· Impacts of urban environment on health
· Transport and health
· Health inequalities


For more information about the GeoHealth Lab see: Enquiries of an academic nature may be made to Prof Simon Kingham ( or Dr Malcolm Campbell (


For further information and to apply online visit please visit


An advert for the role can be accessed here. Download the full Position Description here.


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