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.

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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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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