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.

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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Fully-funded PhD studentship – Northern Ireland in Transition 1991-2011

By Adam Dennett - Last updated: Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A fully-funded PhD studentship has been offered by QUB as part of the successful application to the ESRC to fund the Northern Ireland Longitudinal Study Research Support Unit (NILS-RSU) from 2012 to 2017. It is focused around the general theme of ‘Northern Ireland in Transition 1991-2011′. This was a key part of the research and dissemination agenda described in the application. It is hoped to that the studentship will commence in Autumn 2014 to take advantage of the full linkage of the 1991 Census data to the NILS.

The Data
The NILS is a large-scale longitudinal data linkage study. It covers 28% of the Northern Ireland population (based on a sample of 104/365 birthdates drawn from health cards) and has approximately 500,000 members. It is a powerful resource for health, social, demographic and labour market research through time and can be used for finely-grained spatial analysis given its sample size. The linkage of 2011 Census data to the NILS was completed in Autumn 2013 and the linkage of the 1991 Census data will be finalised by Autumn 2014. Full details of the resource, its uses to date, and the routes to accessing it are available from the following website (

The Application Process
The studentship is planned to complement a wider programme of research on change in Northern Ireland 1991-2011. Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates with strong quantitative backgrounds from any social science discipline (for example, Human Geography, Sociology, Politics, and Public Health/Epidemiology). Applicants are encouraged to develop their own topic under the general rubric of ‘Northern Ireland in Transition’. 

Applications should demonstrate an awareness of the research potential of longitudinal data, an understanding of suitable analytical approaches and statistical methods, and an awareness of how the NILS can be used to address the proposed research topic. In more detail, applications should contain the following elements:

1. A CV detailing qualifications and experience.
2. A 1000-word (maximum) statement that sets out the research question(s) and places it in its context, demonstrating an understanding of relevant literature.
3. A section on how data from the NILS can be used to deal with the research question(s).
4. A section outlining the likely methods to be used for analysis.
5. An outline of the expected timetable (including outputs) for the project.

The closing date for applications is June 1st, 2014 with interviews to take place within a month of this date. Dr Ian Shuttleworth (, who will be the main supervisor, is available to answer informal queries. His research interests include residential segregation, labour market change, political demography, and migration at various spatial scales.

Suggested possible research topics include:

• The demographic bases of national identity (for example, what was the background of those in 2001 who declared themselves to be Northern Irish in the 2011 Census?);
• Young people and social disadvantage (for example, how did those young people aged 18-24 in 2001 with no qualifications fare by 2011?);
• Population dynamics and changing residential segregation (for example, how far was migration important in shaping the demographic profile of small areas in comparison with differentials in births and deaths);
• Occupational and labour market transitions between 2001 and 2011

This topic list is by no means exhaustive and applicants are therefore encouraged to develop their own ideas in consultation with Dr Shuttleworth and the staff of the NILS-RSU ( Suitable second supervisors will be selected from relevant academic staff in QUB according to the research topics identified by the successful candidates.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Population Geographies of Childhood &Youth (Fourth Biannual British-Irish Population Conference), 12-13 May 2014

By PGRG Committee - Last updated: Friday, January 24, 2014



Population Geographies of Childhood and Youth

Fourth Biannual British-Irish Population Conference

12th-13th May 2014

Hosted by Department of Geography, Swansea University under the auspices of the Population Geography Research Group of the RGS-IBG


Papers are invited for a forthcoming conference on any aspects of the Population Geographies of Childhood and Youth.  Whilst there is a focus on the UK and Ireland, papers that address the broad conference theme in other geographical contexts will also be most welcome.


Population Geography, with its traditional focus on the spatial dimensions of fertility, migration and mortality, can be said to track, albeit implicitly and often in complex ways, the human life course.  For example, births, deaths and even different expressions of migration tend to be associated with particular life course stages and transitions.  And yet it may also be argued that Population Geography could do more to foreground the life course within its scholarship.  In seeking to begin to promote this foregrounding, the present conference will focus on demographic geographical expressions involving one highly constitutive part of the life course: childhood and youth.  Moreover, it seeks to do this within a broad interpretation of Population Geography that embraces more than the spatial actions of birth, death and residential relocation alone.


Papers are invited on any aspect of the Population Geographies of Childhood and Youth, rooted within any conceptual approach, and engaging quantitative and/or qualitative methods and material.  Such papers may address aspects of the following interlinked themes:


i.                     Population Geography as an adultist construct;

ii.                   Spaces of fertility and early years’ care;

iii.                 Geographies of youth fertilities;

iv.                 Migration and mobilities of children and youth;

v.                   Geographies of infant and child mortality;

vi.                 Young people and the recession.


Abstracts (max. 250 words) are invited by 31st March 2014.  These should be submitted to include full contact details for the corresponding author.


Keynote Address:  Professor Peter Kraftl, Leicester University


The conference opens with registration accompanied by tea/coffee on Monday 12th May 2014 at 10.30 in the Foyer of the Wallace Building (Swansea University).  This will be followed by the keynote address at 11.30.  The conference closes mid-afternoon on Tuesday 13th May.


Conference Fee: £75 (includes conference dinner on Monday evening and lunch and tea/coffee on both Monday and Tuesday).


Conference Organisers:


Keith Halfacree, British-Irish Population Conference (BIP) Organising Committee (Wales), Department of Geography, Swansea University & RGS-IBG Population Geography Research Group:


Ian Shuttleworth, Chair of RGS-IBG Population Geography Research Group & School of Planning, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Queen’s University Belfast

Mary Cawley, BIP Organising Committee (Ireland) & Department of Geography, National University of Ireland (Galway)

Allan Findlay, BIP Organising Committee (Scotland) & Department of Geography and Sustainable Development, St Andrews University

Darren Smith, BIP Organising Committee (England) & Department of Geography, Loughborough University

Aileen Stockdale, BIP Organising Committee (Northern Ireland) & School of Planning, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Queen’s University Belfast

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University of Edinburgh, Chancellor’s Fellowships

By Adam Dennett - Last updated: Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The University of Edinburgh are advertising for up to 50 ‘Chancellor’s fellowships’. These are ‘tenure track’ fellowships with very low teaching loads for the first three years and then progressively acquiring the full duties of University Lecturer across the 5 year period of the Fellowship.


The School of Geoscience are looking for applications in various areas, but relevant to population geographers are those concerned with: Big Data, GIS and quantitative social science, Urban Political geography, Securitization and critical geopolitics, Economic geography and  Socio-ecological systems.


Relevant information here:

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Call for papers: PopGRG sessions at RGS-IBG AC 2014

By Adam Dennett - Last updated: Thursday, December 19, 2013

The PopGRG are delighted to issue our call for papers for the annual conference of the RGS-IBG, for sessions sponsored by the research group. The conference will take place on Wednesday 27th August to Friday 29th August, at the RGS-IBG in London.


If you are interested in presenting a paper in one of these sessions, please email a paper abstract of around 200 words to the session convenor(s) listed underneath the session titles below. Abstracts must be with session convenors no later than Tuesday 4th February.


Specific session-related queries should be directed to the session convenor(s). Please feel free to email Catney, Gemma (  with more general queries regarding PopGRG sessions.


To see the list of sessions, click on the ‘more’ link below

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Crisis, Mobility and New Forms of Migration

By Adam Dennett - Last updated: Wednesday, December 4, 2013

An international conference to be hosted by the Migration and Integration Research Cluster at the Institute for Social Sciences in the 21st Century (ISS21)

University College Cork, 2nd-4th September 2014

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Sarah Spencer (Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, University of Oxford)

Dr. Piaras Mac Éinrí (School of Geography & Archaeology and ISS21, University College Cork)


Since its beginning in 2008, Europe’s economic crisis has had a profound impact on societies across Europe and beyond its borders, with significant implications for migration and integration. In October 2010 Angela Merkel announced that attempts to build a multicultural society in Germany had ‘utterly failed’. In February 2011 David Cameron declared that state multiculturalism in Britain had failed.

This international conference will explore the multiple ways in which contemporary economic, social and political crises in Europe (and globally) intersect with new and old patterns of migration-related mobility. The role of transnational migration in constructing identities, in cultural representations and the re-drawing of centre and margin in Europe will be central themes. Mobility and immobility provide a valuable lens through which to explore some of the ways in which inequalities and borders are produced, reproduced, experienced and re-created in European and global contexts. Diverse forms of spatial mobility such as short-term and circular migrations, returns and re-migrations, transnational family arrangements and long-distance commuting have become important livelihood strategies for people within and outside Europe in dealing with current economic and political realities.  States respond to mobility and crisis through deepening and diversifying mechanisms of regulation and social control of mobility and of migrants. Non-state actors and institutions, such as religious organisations, play an increasingly important role in mediating the migration context. These processes give rise to ongoing questions surrounding contested concepts such as identity, integration, diversity, human rights and equality as they relate to migrants, non-migrants and diasporas. They also provide methodological challenges to researchers seeking to make sense of rapidly changing social, demographic and political realities.

The current economic crisis within Europe has contributed to something of a shift in migration patterns, as many western and southern European states, such as Ireland and Portugal, have re-emerged as sources of labour migration and have become re-imagined as European peripheries. To what extent does this involve a re-drawing of centre and margin in Europe and a re-racialization of Europe’s peripheries? Does the concept of ‘free internal movement’ make sense in understanding the dynamics of crisis outmigration from peripheral Europe? And how does immobility relate to mobility in the context of regulation, social control and crisis? This is also an interesting moment at which to assess Europe’s place in a globalized world, the relationship between global centers and peripheries, and how the intersections between crisis, global migration, gender, family and postcolonial ties are being re-shaped. Migration, mobility and immobility are key aspects of Europe’s relationships with other global regions and also in the ways in which Europe and its borders are imagined and constructed.

We welcome empirical, theoretical, methodological and policy-focused papers that address these issues, including, but not limited to any of the following themes:


Please send abstracts of 250-300 words by 21st February 2014.

If you would like your paper to be considered for any of the thematic panels listed below, please email your abstract to the Panel Convenor as indicated below.

All other abstracts should be sent to



Migrant Religions in Europe

The religious landscape of Western European countries has changed rapidly in the last two decades particularly due to the large influx of migrants coming from outside of Europe but also because of intra-European migration following the fall of the communist regimes in Central and Eastern Europe and the enlargement of the European Union. This panel focuses on mobility, migration and religion and investigates how through the process of migration religious identities are affected and new religious forms are generated. (Panel Convenor: Dr. Yafa Shanneik,


Economic Crisis and Affluent Mobilities

The current economic crisis has not only impacted on migration patterns of under-privileged migrants groups. It has also had an influence on the directions and routes taken by more relatively privileged migrant groups – or, what may be broadly termed “affluent mobilities”. This panel seeks to explore novel configurations of affluent mobilities that have arisen, or become more pronounced, in the wake of the 2007 global economic downturn. Contributions are welcomed on papers broadly addressing issues of lifestyle migration, business travel, the transnational capitalist class, elite migrants, middle class migrations, migration between developed countries, intra-European migration. (Panel Convenor: Dr. David Ralph,


State and EU responses to and shapings of migrations

We are interested in papers that examine diverse areas of state policy, including employment, adoption, trafficking, political representation, access to state services (e.g. education, health, social services, social welfare, housing) and outcomes of those services. Specifically, we would like papers to address one or more of the following themes: how transnational securitisation, marketisation and bureaucratisation have become embedded in state policies, rolling back certain supports, mobilising some peoples and immobilising others; how states make efforts to ‘attract’ certain migrants, keep others out, and how they justify emigration; the role of internal state institutions regarding migrations, and the contradictions between them; state engagement in distributing ‘voice’: Decision making processes – who gets heard and who  decides. (Panel Convenors: Dr. Karl Kitching, Claire Dorrity and Prof. Alastair Christie; contact


Across the Mediterranean: Cultural Representations of Migration as seen from the South

The experience of migrants from the Middle East and North Africa who have attempted to cross the Mediterranean has become a recurring theme within cultural production across the region.  Indeed, the figure of the harraga who burns his or her identity papers before attempting the crossing, has figured in films, novels, installations, photographs and a range of art forms. What can be learned from these representations produced by artists and writers from the South but, often, promoted and distributed within Europe? This panel seeks to explore the relationship between the aestheticisation of migrant experience and its funding and distribution and invites reflection on the ethics of such forms of representation. (Panel Convenor: Dr. Patrick Crowley,


Creativity, mobility and transcultural capital

The ‘cultural turn’ in academic literature on post-industrial, post-Fordist global capitalism stresses the power of creativity to transform the identity of place.  The growing interest of policy makers in cultural production and consumption is related to the spiralling popularity of the ‘creative city’ rhetoric (Florida 2002, 2005) which argues that that a city’s social and economic health, its sustainability, and the quality of life of its inhabitants are promoted through cultural activity and engagement with ‘the arts’.  Furthermore, the presence of migrants, Florida (2002) argues, contributes to the attractiveness of the city for creative entrepreneurs. This panel explores the positioning of migrants and ethnic minorities within this doctrine of creativity. What assumptions are made about migrants’ contributions to the ‘new cultural economy’?  What are the implications for transnational mobility?  Which migrants are discursively privileged? How does this renewed interest in creativity value the transcultural capital of professional ‘creatives’ – artists, musicians, writers, actors, film-makers, dancers, etc – and might it offer more flexible opportunities for migration to, and within, Europe? (Panel Convenor: Eileen Hogan,


New/old mobilities and youth migration to and from European states at a time of austerity

The current economic crisis within Europe has contributed to something of a shift in migration patterns, as many western and southern European states, (some, such as Ireland and Portugal, more than others, such as Spain and Greece) have re-emerged as sources of labour migration and have become re-imagined as European peripheries, even as their own internal labour markets remain or become increasingly segmented.

At the same time the phenomenon of increasing globalisation in the EU and beyond may also mean that those without the requisite educational, social and cultural capital may find it more difficult than ever to migrate and prosper. A related issue is the question of ‘crisis migrants’ who are still leaving peripheral Europe and the ‘peripheral world’ more generally and who end up at the sharp end of life in core economies where social protection and decent working conditions are breaking down in an era of zero-hour contracts. These phenomenona raise questions concerning issues such as a European ‘brain drain’, the nature of internal EU mobility, relationships between peripherality, mobility, immobility and exclusion and the impact of EU policies in such fields as regional and rural development, youth policy, labour policy and migration. (Panel Convenor: Dr. Piaras Mac Éinrí;


Transnational families, children and new mobilities

We invite original empirical papers which explore the position of children within transnational families including child agency in negotiating transnational intimacy; children, technology, and transnationalism; children left-behind and child circulation between transnational contexts; child imaginings and transnational lives; and how children are positioned within the collective family transnational agendas. (Panel Convenor: Dr. Angela Veale;


Follow @ISS21UCC and for more information.


Contact with any queries.


Conference Organising Committee: Alastair Christie, Linda Connolly, Pat Crowley, Claire Dorrity, Kathy Glavanis, Eileen Hogan, Tomás Kelly, Karl Kitching, Piaras Mac Éinrí, Caitríona Ní Laoire, David Ralph, Yafa Shanneik, Angela Veale, Allen White


This conference is supported by the UCC Strategic Research Fund.



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x2 Lectureships, University of St Andrews

By Adam Dennett - Last updated: Friday, November 29, 2013
Lectureships in GeoInformatics x2 – ML2742
School of Geography & Geosciences, Department of Geography & Sustainable Development, Salary: £37,382 – £45,941 per annum, Start: 1 June 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter

Researchers in the Centre for GeoInformatics in the School of Geography and Geosciences at the University of St Andrews have been selected for a prestigious award under the Q-Step Quantitative Methods Programme funded by a combination of the Nuffield Foundation and the ESRC. This programme will employ two new lecturers: in GeoInformatics, specialisation Remote Sensing (post A) and in Spatio-temporal analysis, specialization Spatial statistics (post B) to add substantial new courses to our existing undergraduate curriculum and help deliver a new MSc in GeoInformatics. The successful candidates will also contribute to the successful development of the Centre for GeoInformatics; to seek external funding for research and to engage in the recruitment and supervision of research postgraduates; to contribute effectively to the intellectual environment of the School; to engage in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed publication of original research; and to work closely with Professor Stewart Fotheringham and other CGI members.

Informal enquiries only to Professor Stewart Fotheringham, Director of the Centre for GeoInformatics, Tel: 01334 463934; or Dr Urška Demšar, lecturer of the Centre for GeoInformatics, Tel: 01334 463980; email:

Please quote ref: ML2742

Closing Date: 17 January 2014

Further Particulars ML2742AC FPs.doc

School of Geography & Geosciences
Department of Geography & Sustainable Development
Salary: £37,382 – £45,941 per annum
Start: 1 June 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter

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