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.

‘Myths of Migration: The Changing British Population’ at the British Academy, London, on Monday 17 November 2014

By John McCarthy - Last updated: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

An evening meeting organised jointly by the British Academy and BSPS on ‘Myths of Migration: The Changing British Population’, at the British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, on Monday 17 November 2014 at 6.00-7.30pm.

As part of its celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the publication of The Changing Population of Britain (edited by Heather Joshi), the BSPS has teamed up with the British Academy for an evening meeting on UK migration. This will describe trends over time in both international and internal migration and discuss how these patterns are changing the size and composition of our national and local populations (click here for more information). The meeting is free of charge, but pre-registration is required and seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis. To register, please go to the following webpage:

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A BSPS day meeting on ‘usual residence’ and alternative population bases, at LSE on Friday 24th October 2014

By John McCarthy - Last updated: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
A BSPS day meeting on ‘usual residence’ and alternative population bases, at London School of Economics on Friday 24th October 2014, 10.30am-5.00pm.
A reminder that this meeting on population bases for presenting census and related stats will take place at LSE on Friday 24 October, 10.30am-5pm. The programme for the day is now finalised. Register by emailing or phoning the BSPS Secretariat on 020 7955 7666. There is no charge for this meeting and it is open to members and non-members.
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RGS-IBG Annual Conference, 2014: Learning from the 2011 Census

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


Learning from the 2011 Census: Sessions (1) through (4), Wed 27 August 2014


The following presentations were delivered at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2014, sessions ‘Learning from the 2011 Census’. Presentations are listed in session order.


Learning from the 2011 Census (1): Data Delivery and Characteristics

Justin Hayes and Rob Dymond-Green – New and easier ways of working with aggregate data and geographies from UK censuses

Cecilia Macintyre – Scotland’s Census 2011

Oliver Duke-Williams and John Stillwell – Census interaction data and access arrangements

Paul Waruszynski – Microdata products from the 2011 Census

Nicola Shelton, Ian Shuttleworth, Christopher Dibben and Fiona Cox – Longitudinal data in the UK Censuses


Learning from the 2011 Census (2): Changing Populations, Changing Geographies

Nigel Walford – Then and now: Micro-scale population change in parts of London, 1901-11 and 2001-11

Darren Smith – Changing geographies of traditionality and non-traditionality: Findings from the census

Thomas Murphy, John Stillwell and Lisa Buckner – Commuting to work in 2001 and 2011 in England and Wales: Analyses of national trends using aggregate and interaction data from the Census


Learning from the 2011 Census (3): Ethnicity, Health and Migration (part one)

Giles Barrett and David McEvoy – Age and ethnic spatial exposure

Nissa Finney and Ludi Simpson – ‘White flight’? What 2011 census data tell us about local ethnic group population change

Fran Darlington, Paul Norman and Dimitris Ballas – Exploring the inter-relationships between ethnicity, health, socioeconomic factors and internal migration: Evidence from the Samples of Anonymised Records in England

Stephen Clark, Mark Birkin, Phil Rees, Alison Heppenstall and Kirk Harland – Using 2011 Census data to estimate future elderly health care


Learning from the 2011 Census (4): Ethnicity, Health and migration (part two)

Phil Rees and Nik Lomax – Using the 2011 Census to fix ethnic group estimates and components for the prior decade

Nik Lomax, Phil Rees, John Stillwell and Paul Norman – Assessing internal migration patterns in the UK: A once in a decade opportunity

Myles Gould and Ian Shuttleworth – Health, housing tenure, and entrapment 2001-2011: Does changing tenure and address improve health?

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Researcher in Geography of Health/Medical Geography and GIS

By Adam Dennett - Last updated: Tuesday, September 2, 2014

GeoHealth Laboratory, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Post based in Wellington


Researcher in Health Geography, GeoHealth Laboratory, based in Wellington

This is a 2.5 year fixed term position. The successful applicant will have interests in the following areas; neighbourhoods and health, environmental justice and health, environment and health, impacts of urban environment on health, transport and health, health inequalities and/or GIS and health. Closing date 25th Sept 2014. Ref 2335.


For more detailed information and to apply online visit.


Enquiries of an academic nature can be made to the GeoHealth Lab Directors; Professor Simon Kingham, tel +64 3 364 2893 or Dr Malcolm Campbell, tel +64 3 364 2987 x 7908.



About the GeoHealth Laboratory

The Department of Geography, University of Canterbury has a high profile in the field of health/medical geography. A joint venture between the University of Canterbury and the New Zealand Ministry of Health led to the establishment of the GeoHealth Laboratory. The Lab is based in a well equipped and specifically designated facility on the UC campus in Christchurch and has research interests particularly in and health, health inequalities and/or GIS and health. . For further information see:

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BSPS day meeting on the ‘usual residence’ concept and alternative population bases, LSE, 24 October 2014

By Adam Dennett - Last updated: Monday, September 1, 2014

This forthcomingmeeting will be held at LSE on Friday 24th October 2014, 10.30am-5.00pm. The main question to be addressed is: ‘Is the concept of ‘usual residence’ reaching its sell-by date?’ Now that the Government has confirmed that a further Population Census will take place in 2021, it is an opportune time to consider how far the use of alternative population bases should be expanded at the expense of statistics based on usual residence.


The meeting is proposed primarily as a scoping exercise. Speakers will introduce the issues, present the results of work on the 2011 census data on alternative population bases and report on the latest thinking at the UN for the 2020 round of censuses. The meeting also provides a forum for representatives of a variety of sectors to express their views on the relative value of the alternatives in the light of societal change. Already on board are Richard Potter, ONS, Ian White, Ludi Simpson and Tony Champion.


An afternoon session has been allocated forany others to provide evidence and views on the relative importance of the various population bases in their operations. you If would like to be considered for presenting such evidence to the meeting either as a formal paper or in panel discussion, please email by Friday 12th September. The full programme for the day will be available shortly afterwards.


Registration is now open and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register by emailing or phoning the BSPS Secretariat on 020 7955 7666. There is no charge for this meeting and it is open to members and non-members. Details of & directions to the meeting room will be sent on later.

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Opportunities at St Andrews for Population Researchers

By Adam Dennett - Last updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Three positions in Human Geography – ML1317

The Department of Geography and Sustainable Development at St Andrews invites
applications for three posts in Human Geography (from Lecturer to Professor). Exceptional
candidates will be considered for Reader or Professorial positions. We welcome applications
from candidates at all career stages who are, or have the potential to be, world leading in their
particular specialism.

The successful candidates may have expertise in any area of human geography. Our desire is
to appoint individuals with outstanding research capacity whatever their specialism, although
expertise in population/health or cities/neighbourhoods may be an advantage. Experience of
advanced quantitative methods is desired for at least one of the posts. You will have the
opportunity to engage with staff working on large, externally-funded initiatives – the Centre
for Population Change ( and the Census and Administrative Data
Longitudinal Studies hub (, whilst those with interests in cities and
neighbourhoods will be encouraged to develop links with the Centre for Housing Research
( within the Department. You will also contribute to the
Geography teaching programme as appropriate.

Informal enquiries: you are welcome to discuss any of the posts informally with Prof Allan
Findlay (; tel +44 (0)1334 464011), Prof Elspeth Graham
(; tel +44 (0)1334 463908), or Prof Colin Hunter (Head of
Department/co-Head of School;; tel +44 (0)1334 464017). The
research interests and recent publications of current members of staff in Geography and
Sustainable Development can be found on our website (
Interview Date: Interviews for short-listed candidates will be held in November
2014. Successful candidates will be expected to start as soon as possible and not later than
August 2015.

Please indicate clearly in your application which post(s) you are applying for:
Lecturer – ML1317
Reader/Professor (2) – ML1283
Closing Date: Monday 6 October 2014
For further information see Further Particulars ML1317AC FPs.doc

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Research Fellow Post at LSHTM

By Adam Dennett - Last updated: Wednesday, July 9, 2014

We are seeking to appoint a Research Fellow to work on an exciting project as part of a randomised controlled trial investigating the impact of living in the East Village (a neighbourhood based on active design principles in the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park) on physical activity and health.

The post is full-time for two years. The post will be based in the Healthy Environments Research Programme in the Department of Social and Environmental Health Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The post will suit a candidate with a strong background in social or environmental epidemiology, spatial analysis and/or quantitative health geography, especially in the field of neighbourhood built and social determinants of health. A higher degree (ideally PhD) in a relevant field is essential. Skills in quantitative data analysis using longitudinal and/or spatial approaches as well as some expertise in the using of GIS are desirable. The successful candidate will be required to collate, create and analyse secondary data on environmental exposures related to physical activity and other health behaviours and write up findings for peer-reviewed publication. The post is supervised by Professor Steven Cummins ( and Dr Daniel Lewis (

Closing date: 27th July 2014

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PopFest 2014 – Call for Papers

By Adam Dennett - Last updated: Thursday, May 15, 2014

We are pleased to announce that the 22nd annual PopFest conference – the population studies conference organised by postgraduates for postgraduates – will be taking place at University College London this year.


PopFest2014 will be hosted by the UCL Department of Geography from Monday 4th to Wednesday the 6th of August 2014. The conference will provide an opportunity to take stock of recent developments and exchange experience of how population research has evolved in diverse multidisciplinary settings.


Papers are invited from postgraduate students in all disciplines involved in the study of populations including anthropology, demography, economics, health, historical geography, human geography, social policy and social statistics.


Attendance at PopFest 2014 is FREE , but one abstract (250 words) for an oral presentation per attendee is required. Submissions are welcome on all themes relating to the study of populations including (but not limited to):



Global networks

Harnessing open data, social media, ‘Big data’


Identifying and characterising populations

Modelling population dynamics

People, place and regions

Understanding population change


Attendees will have the opportunity to chair sessions and may specify their interest during the registration process. Conference attendance will include three lunches, refreshments and two evening meals. Details of other entertainment activities will be published shortly – please visit the UCL PopFest website or follow the PopFest2014 twitter feed for the latest up-to-date information on the conference.


Attendees should book their own accommodation, however details on booking UCL accommodation or local B&B options can be found on the UCL PopFest website.


Please register and submit your abstract via the PopFest 2014 Eventbrite page. The deadline for submissions is 13th June 2014, with notification of acceptance by 20th June.

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Workshop on use of probabilistic population forecasts – Royal Statistical Society – 19 June 2014

By Adam Dennett - Last updated: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The main aim of the workshop is to bring together both academics and practitioners of probabilistic population forecasting to discuss barriers to the uses of probabilistic forecasts and possible ways to overcome them. A second aim is to learn from the best practice in other areas of application of probabilistic forecasting.

The focus of the programme will be on various aspects of communicating uncertainty in demographic forecasting, and on developing practical guidelines both for “producers”, as well as “consumers” (users) of probabilistic population forecasts.

Confirmed speakers and panellists include (in alphabetical order):

. Dr Isabel Alberts (German Weather Service)
. Prof. Juha Alho (University of Helsinki)
. Dr John Bryant (Statistics New Zealand)
. Dr Thomas Buettner (formerly UN Population Division)
. Dr Patrick Gerland (UN Population Division)
. Prof. Nico Keilman (University of Oslo)
. Dr Giampaolo Lanzieri (Eurostat)
. Prof. Anthony O’Hagan (University of Sheffield)
. Dr Luca Onorante (Central Bank of Ireland)
. Mr Darragh Owens (aviation)
. Prof. Adrian Raftery (University of Washington)
. Dr Hana Ševčíková (University of Washington)
. Prof. Frans Willekens (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research)
. A representative of the Office for National Statistics (TBC)

The event is jointly organised by the ESRC Centre for Population Change, the EPSRC Care Life Cycle Project at the University of Southampton, and the Probabilistic Population Projection Group at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

The registration fee is 50GBP per person (25GBP for students). It covers the programme, buffet lunch, as well as morning and afternoon refreshments.

For further information and to register for the course, please see Registration for the event closes on 31 May 2014. The number of places is limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

All enquiries should be directed to

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Find your voice: promoting your research to diverse audiences. A workshop for early career researchers

By Adam Dennett - Last updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Thursday 5th June 2014, 10am-5pm, at the University of Manchester

Effectively publishing and publicising research is an essential and rewarding part of academic life. Proactive engagement with wide and diverse audiences, both academic and non-academic, will ensure that the work that you do has a powerful impact. It is an essential skill needed for the development of a successful academic career.

This one-day workshop, aimed at early career researchers including postgraduates, will equip participants with the skills and information needed to successfully disseminate research outputs. A range of expert speakers will focus on different aspects of publishing and promoting research: (1) journal editors discuss getting a paper accepted and published; (2) media experts focus on distilling information to the general public; and (3) experienced academics discuss the key requirements for engaging with the wider world.

The event is free, but limited to 20 places so early application is advised. Participants are asked to submit a short abstract (max 300 words) for a piece of research that they are undertaking or thinking of undertaking. This could be a summary of a thesis chapter. This piece of research will form the basis of practical sessions, where the idea is adapted for various appropriate audiences.

The workshop is co-sponsored by the British Society for Population Studies and the University of Leeds. If you would like further information, visit the website at or contact Nik Lomax,

To apply, please email your abstract submission to by Friday 16th May and include ‘abstract submission’ in the subject line. Applicants should also include their full name, year of study or number of years since graduating, place of work or study, and whether they are a member of either the Population Geography Research Group or the British Society for Population Studies.

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