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.

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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Lectureship In Quantitative Health Geography, Uni of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

By John McCarthy - Last updated: Thursday, July 23, 2015

There is a three year fixed term Lectureship in Quantitative Health Geography available to the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Ideal for a newly completed PhD student or postdoc.
More details can be found here.
Professor Simon Kingham
Professor of Geography and Director of the GeoHealth Laboratory
University of Canterbury – Te Whare Wananga O Waitaha

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Survey on Teaching and Learning in Geography

By Adam Dennett - Last updated: Friday, June 26, 2015

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is partnering with the RGS-IBG (and other learned societies) to conduct research into the state of HE learning and teaching at UK universities. In particular, this study is focused on identifying the challenges faced by academics at a discipline level, and the resources that are currently used in addressing those challenges. The work with us is, of course, on geography.


The RGS-IBG are very keen to get responses from the Population Geography community about challenges faced in teaching in the sub-discipline.


If you’re involved in teaching geography in a UK university, we’d be very grateful if you could spend a couple of minutes completing a brief online questionnaire – the deadline for doing this is Friday 10th July.


Please follow the link here to fill out the questionnaire:

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Final call for papers on cross-disciplinary stream on mobility and organizing

By John McCarthy - Last updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015

Dear All,
We would like to invite you to submit a paper to our cross-disciplinary stream on: ‘Mobility and Organizing in the Global and Local: The space of creation and constraint within, between and beyond organizations.’ More details of the stream are available here.
This stream is part of the APROS/EGOS conference (‘Spaces, Constraints, Creativities: Organization and Disorganization’) which will be held in Sydney from the 9th -11th December, 2015. The venue will be the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, which is the first building in Australia designed by Frank Gehry.
We are are seeking short paper submissions of between 3,000-4,000 words, to be submitted by Thursday 21st May (Sydney Time), 2015. The word count is inclusive of references, appendices and other material. The outline of the paper should include:
– An explanation as to the purpose of the paper
– The theoretical background and the approach
– Empirical papers should identify the methods of analysis
– Authors should also be explicit about how their paper connects with the stream and more broadly to the overall theme of the conference.
The web site for submissions has been set up and registrations for the Conference will be open from the 1st February, 2015. Conference paper submissions can be made here.
We look forward to receiving your submissions.
Best wishes,
Will Harvey, University of Exeter

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Lecturer post in Geographical Information Science – University of Southampton

By John McCarthy - Last updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015

Lecturer in Geographical Information Science
Population, Health & Wellbeing
Location: Highfield Campus
Salary: £31,342 to £45,954
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date: Friday 05 June 2015
Interview Date: See advert
Reference: 562415WR
We are seeking to appoint an outstanding Lecturer specialising in Geographical Information Science. We particularly invite applications from candidates whose research interests complement those of our Population, Health and Wellbeing (PHeW) research group. We would especially welcome those with GIS skills combined with substantive or methodological research interests in areas such as population, health, environment and Open Source GIS.
Be a part of the University of Southampton, an institution in the top 1% of world Universities and one of the UK’s top 15 research intensive universities. We have an international reputation for research, teaching and enterprise activities.
You will work in Geography and Environment, a leading international centre for geographical research. The PHeW research theme includes foci on the spatial analysis and modelling of population and population health. More broadly, the academic unit is a leading centre for application of Earth Observation and GIS to a range of environmental and human problems.
You will be able to deliver excellent undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and will contribute to and help develop our teaching programme and undertake research in line with the Unit’s research strategy.
You will have, or be about to be awarded, a PhD in Geography or a related field (or equivalent professional qualifications), an emerging profile of academic publications and the ability to win external research funding. Undergraduate teaching experience would be advantageous.
The post is tenable from 1 September 2015, or as soon as possible thereafter.
Informal enquiries may be made to Professor David Martin (Head of PHeW) (0044) (0) 2380 8059 2215 or Professor Stephen Darby (Head of Department) (0044) (0)2380 593779.
The closing date for this vacancy is 5 June 2015. Interviews will be held on 1 July.
Application procedure:
You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Charlene Tyson (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 6803. Please quote reference 562415WR on all correspondence.

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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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