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BSPS 2013 – Call for Papers

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BSPS Annual Conference 2013


Monday 9 – Wednesday 11 September 2013, University of Swansea




The 2013 BSPS Conference will be held at the University of Swansea, 9-11 September. All Conference sessions will be held on site, where Conference catering and accommodation will also be available at very reasonable rates. Booking forms will be available from early May, together with a provisional timetable.


There will be a full programme of simultaneous strand sessions of submitted papers. Proposals or abstracts for papers and posters are invited across the entire demographic and population studies spectrum. Presenters are requested to submit on-going work with incomplete analyses and findings as posters rather than papers.  Oral presentations should include results. For organizational purposes, strand organizers have been allocated to specific themes: email queries may be addressed to the strand or session organizer shown. There is a strand for ‘interdisciplinary papers’ and papers and posters which do not appear to fit existing strands may also be submitted. Submissions of quantitative and qualitative papers are welcome.


Some sessions within strands have been suggested and these will be organised by the person named as session organiser, within an overall strand. Sessions within strands are shown beneath the overall strand title.


Training sessions: Proposals for training or ‘how to’ sessions are welcome, using the Conference online submissions system or by direct contact with BSPS at One such session will be organised by Piers Elias as part of the local authority stream.


There will be two plenary sessions.

•             Monica Das Gupta (The World Bank), speaking about Demography, gender and kinship

•             Mary Daly (University of Oxford), on Family policy in the UK & Europe – does it respond to fertility and ageing?


Fringe sessions: Proposals for debates or other sessions on demographic matters/history that do not fit into the usual framework of contributed papers can also be considered. These should be submitted as soon as possible, using the online submissions system, or by direct contact with BSPS at


Information updates on the Conference will be posted to the BSPS website as available. See:


Presenters of posters will be expected to attend the scheduled poster session on the first evening of the Conference, but posters will remain on display for the duration of the Conference.


Submissions for oral presentations and posters should be made online by Monday 25 March.  Presenters are required to submit a short abstract of up to 250 words, which includes the research question, methods, data and any preliminary results & potential applications. Extended abstracts are optional but will be used to help selection of papers: up to a maximum of 4 double-spaced A4 sheets & in PDF format only emailed directly to, with ‘BSPS extended abstract’ in the subject line. Strand organisers may request further details of a potential presentation or an extended abstract before decisions are made on acceptance. Short abstracts of all papers will appear in the printed Conference programme.


Choose an appropriate strand and submit online at:


If you are unable to submit online, please contact for alternative arrangements.


All online submissions are collated by the BSPS Secretariat, who will acknowledge receipt. They are then passed on to individual strand or session organisers for assessment. Papers and poster presentations are given equal weight. Final decisions on papers and posters accepted for presentation will be made by the beginning of May 2013, and the person submitting advised of the decision at that time.


Strand & session organisers are as follows:




Papers which address ageing populations, ageing and society, future prospects for older adults, individual ageing, the ageing body and methods and methodology for researching ageing.  Theory, empirical research and practice in relation to both UK and non-UK populations using either quantitative or qualitative approaches are welcomed. Papers for a session on models of demographic ageing would also be very welcome.


Strand organiser: Emily Freeman, University of Southampton:


Census issues:


Papers relating to censuses, including the UK 2011 Census. These may cover topics including census processes and quality assurance, initial results and detailed analysis of census data, and future alternatives to censuses.


Strand organisers: Dr. Julie Jefferies, ONS:

Kirsty MacLachlan, National Records of Scotland: & Professor Tony Champion, University of Newcastle:


Demographic consequences of large-scale population crises:


Papers welcomed on natural (environmental disasters) and human-made (war and conflict) crises, as well as on demographic aspects of violence. Methodological contributions especially welcome.


Strand organiser: Dr. Jakub Bijak, University of Southampton:


Environment: Analytical papers on the relationship between population change, the environment, & resource use


Population change has important implications for resources & the environment, and responds to them. Papers are invited that measure these impacts or discuss the theoretical, conceptual, & analytic challenges of researching them.


Strand organiser: Dr. Alan Marshall, University of Manchester:




We welcome papers which address the following issues with an ethnic group dimension: internal and/or transnational migration; fertility; mortality & health; household composition/living arrangements; national & local identity & belonging; ethnic inequalities. Theoretical & empirical applications are welcome in relation to both UK & non-UK populations using quantitative & qualitative approaches.


Strand organisers: Dr. Gemma Catney, Dr. Nissa Finney, Dr. Stephen Jivraj:


Families & households:


This strand welcomes papers which measure and/or explore the effects of the diversity of family or household structures.  Examples of relevant topics include (but are not limited to) the trends, causes and/or consequences of patterns of union formation and dissolution, the organization of kin relationships, and intra-household divisions of labour.


Strand organiser: Dr. Wendy Sigle-Rushton, London School of Economics.


Including session suggestion:


Economic change & family processes


This session aims to explore the interplay between family processes (partnership formation & dissolution, fertility, etc.) & the changes both in households’ economic behaviour at the micro-level & their macro-economic environment (unemployment, recessions, housing booms, etc.).

Sessions organiser: Dr. Berkay Ozcan:


Fertility & reproductive health:


We invite papers covering any aspect of fertility & reproductive health in any geographical setting. Papers on innovative approaches to the measurement of fertility and/or reproductive health behaviours, differences between population groups, the determinants of fertility change, attitudes toward fertility and reproductive health behaviours as well as cross-national comparisons are especially encouraged. Reproductive health issues of particular interest include (but not limited to) HIV/AIDS adolescent sexual and reproductive health, & family planning.


Strand organisers: Dr. Stuart Basten, University of Oxford:

Dr. Monica Magadi, University of Hull:


Health & mortality:


Submissions to this strand can address any aspect of health and mortality, especially with respect to the life course influences on these outcomes. Papers can be on innovative approaches to the study of health behaviours, inequalities between population groups as well as determinants of poor health. However we particularly encourage the submission of studies which look at the interaction between health/mortality and demographic and social factors. Both quantitative and qualitative methods approaches are welcome. This strand hopes to provide a global approach to understanding health and mortality by welcoming papers based on data from a variety of settings as well as papers contrasting findings across countries.


Strand organisers: Dr. Amos Channon, University of Southampton.:

Dr. Paula Griffiths, Loughborough University:


Historical demography:


Submissions to this strand may address any aspect of historical demography, or the history of demography as an academic discipline. Papers on the history of medicine & public health are also welcome, as well as the history & philosophy of science where linked back to historical populations.


Strand organiser: Dr. Alice Reid, University of Cambridge:


Interdisciplinary & other papers:


Papers which cut across more than one strand themes or topics not covered in the list of strands and sessions. If accepted, the paper will be allocated to an appropriate strand session when the programme is timetabled or a new session heading identified.


Strand organisers: BSPS. Hon Officers’ Committee:


Including session suggestions:


Effects of education on countries’ or regions’ demography


It is widely agreed that education, especially of women, has a significant effect on fertility, mortality & migration. However, usually the discussion deals with just one of these demographic variables. The purpose of this session is to provide an opportunity for a more holistic discussion of the effects of education on countries’ or regions’ demography


Session organiser: Dr. Dermot Grenham, London School of Economics:


Intergenerational transmissions & transfers


Papers which address transmissions of norms, attitudes & behaviours between parents & adult children, in relation to the transfers (of time, monetary or other types of help) between generations over the life course, are welcomed. Papers with a focus on ageing populations particularly invited.


Session organiser: Valeria Bordone, Vienna University of Economics & Business:


Life course linkages


With expanded access to longitudinal data, it is increasingly possible to link events across the life course of individuals. This strand welcomes papers focussing on the interconnectedness of life course stages. We particularly encourage submissions on the intersection of life course trajectories that span more than one stage in the life course (eg how living arrangements interact with employment trajectories), the impact of earlier life course trajectories on later life course outcomes (eg the effects of childhood stress on midlife health, or the accumulation of disadvantage on health & well-being in later life), & data & methodological challenges found in life course research.


Strand organisers: Professor Elizabeth Cooksey, Ohio State University:

Dieter Demey, University of Southampton:


Local government and planning


Papers that describe current local demographic studies, and the use of demographic data for planning local needs and services.


Strand organiser: Eileen Howes:


Including session suggestions:


Demographic projections for local government


Especially providing an evidence base for local & neighbourhood plans & other service planning, following the abolition of regional government in England. How local government is responding to the challenges of providing specialist information (eg flood risk zones) & small-area projections to inform neighbourhood plans.


Session organiser: David George, Lincolnshire County Council:


Training session


The organiser welcomes suggestions for this session, to fit with: follow-up of last two years’ sessions:  progress, findings, developments, gaps; Presentations/workshops on particular techniques of data analysis or software for data modelling.

Session organiser: Piers Elias, Tees Valley Unlimited:


Methods, models & projections:


Methods, models & projections: Methodological developments, estimation and projections. We also welcome papers providing an overview of a field of methods within population studies, including their practical implementation.


Strand organiser: Dr. Paul Norman, University of Leeds.


Including session suggestion:


The use of multi-level modelling in demography


We invite papers focussing on the application of multi-level modelling in any country context. Presenters will be asked to focus on the advantages and disadvantages of the method, and how we can best use multi-level models for population research (e.g. how do they contribute to our understanding). After 3 or 4 ten-minute presentations, half of the session will be dedicated to a panel discussion and structured debate. An experienced senior academic will contribute to the discussion.


Session organisers: Valeria Cetorelli and Ben Wilson, London School of Economics:


Migration: transnational & subnational.


Papers dealing with the patterns, processes and impacts of migration, both international and intranational movement and also the links between the two. The results of empirical analysis are especially welcome, but topics may also include discussions of conceptual challenges, migration terminologies, data sources and methodological issues.


Professor Tony Champion, University of Newcastle:




Poster submissions are invited across the spectrum of population studies, & methodological approaches to demography. We encourage researchers to present results from completed papers and research in progress. Papers without final results are particularly well-suited to this session. Presenters are welcome to submit more than one abstract for consideration as a poster, and possibly in addition to a paper submission. Last year’s Conference had a very full and lively session & we are hoping to continue this success this year.


Poster session organisers: Rachel Bennett & Julia Mikolai, University of Southampton. Email: &


General & administrative enquiries:

BSPS Secretariat – — 020 7955 7666 (phone)




•             Submissions should be made online at:


•             Presenters must confirm on the submissions form that they will attend the Conference at their own expense to present the paper or poster, if accepted. Please note that attendance at the BSPS Conference to present a paper or poster cannot be subsidised by BSPS – this applies to BSPS members and non-members.  (Except for student bursaries granted to BSPS student members presenting papers and posters – see bursary details below.)

•             Strand organisers may allocate papers to a different strand from that to which the paper was submitted, if appropriate, but potential presenters will be advised.

•             A maximum of two submissions as first author, please, although additional poster submissions would be welcomed.

•             Presenters are requested to submit ongoing work with incomplete analyses and findings as posters, rather than papers.  Oral presentations should include results. Poster submissions are considered as having equal weight to oral presentations.

•             Submissions from non-members are very welcome.

•             Authors of accepted presentations may change their abstract up to the end of July, when the final version will be used in the printed programme.

•             Presenters of papers will be required to register for the Conference before the paper is included in the final programme.

•             Papers are organised into strand sessions. Each presenter will have 30 minutes in total with 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion/questions, unless the strand organiser advises a different format for the session concerned.


Poster Competition at the BSPS Conference


•             A prize fund of £100 in book tokens is offered for the poster(s) judged to be the best on display.

•             At least 50% of the value of the Prize will be awarded to the best student poster.

•             All posters accepted for the Conference will be entered automatically for the Poster Prize.

•             The invited judges will be announced later.


Student bursaries for BSPS Conference 2013


•             Bursaries are available only to BSPS student members presenting a paper or poster.

•             Subscription dues for student members applying must be up-to-date at the time of submission ie 2013 subscriptions paid.

•             Bursaries are expected to cover the cost of accommodation & meals, where required, and registration.

•             As the number of bursaries available may be limited, applications must be received by the submission deadline.

•             Application for a student bursary is via the online submissions form, which MUST have the relevant bursary application button checked.

•             Enquiries: BSPS Secretariat, POR.2.01, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE. Email: Telephone 020 7955 7666.


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