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23 February 2021

We are delighted to congratulate Jamie Tan from UCL who is the winner of the 2020 Bob Woods dissertation prize. You can see more about Jamie and read their dissertation here.

4 November 2020

As we continue with semester 1 of the new academic year, you might want to consider submitting work form your Masters students for the Bob Woods prize. This is awarded to the best postgraduate dissertation in the UK in the field of population geography. The winner of this prestigious prize receives £100 and gets their research publicised on our website.

Please note that we can only accept one submission per institution and that the deadline is 31 December 2020. Please send submissions to Dr David McCollum, our Publications and Awards Officer.

17 July 2020

We hope that you are well. As you know, our research group AGM would usually take place during the RGS-IBG Annual Conference. This is a chance for members and interested parties to both hear about and have a say in research group activities. It will also provide an alternative space to catch up with the Population Geography community in lieu of the physical space of the conference. You do not need to be a member to join us, though the following link provides details on how to become a member:

Our AGM will take place via Zoom on Thursday 3rd September 2020, 1-2.30pm (BST). If you would like to attend, please register your attendance in advance (by Fri 28 August). Ahead of the AGM, we are inviting nominations for the two committee roles: Early Careers Officer and Communications Officer. For further details on these positions and how to register attendance for the AGM please click here to see an email from Sophie Cranston (Secretary) and Nissa Finney (Chair).

30 January 2020

Please see here the PopGRG sponsored sessions that are currently advertising their Call for Papers.

Please contact session conveners if you would like to submit a paper by the advertised deadlines.

We are also sponsoring a session showcasing postgraduate research in population geography – more details to follow!

22nd January 2020

Congratulations to Joshua Yee Pin Yi (University College London) for winning the The Bob Woods Postgraduate Dissertation Prize 2019. Read more about Joshua’s dissertation here

19th December 2019

Calling Population Geographers everywhere! As we enter the final throes of the ‘twenty-teens’, we at the Population Geography Research Group are feeling reflective. To kickstart those preparations as we enter a new decade, we want to hear from you. We invite our community of population geographers, young and old, new and established, to join us in reflecting on the past decade, but also on what you think the key issue(s) of the next will be?

10th October 2019

We have a new blog post! Take a look at our homepage or click here for reflections and highlights from this year’s conference.

12th September 2019

Following our AGM last month, we say farewell and thank you to Andreas Culora and Nik Lomax who have stepped down from the committee this year. We also offer a warm welcome to all the new (and returning) committee members to the 2019/2020 Committee. For details of the committee see here. Draft minutes of the AGM can be found here

30th August 2019

Thanks to all those who convened sessions and presented papers in our PGRG sponsored sessions at this weeks RGS-IBG Annual Conference in London. We’ve had a great week and look forward to sharing more about it through our blog in the Autumn.

12th July 2019

The 2019 RGS-IBG Annual International Conference is fast approaching! The programme has now been published and we are looking forward to a packed programme of events including many opportunities to support and promote population geographers. Please join us for our sessions and the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday Evening from 18:45-20:00.

For a summary of our sponsored sessions please see the following link PGRG Sessions 2019

29th May 2019

Since many of us are currently immersed in dissertation marking, I thought that now might be an opportune time to encourage you to considering entering any of your outstanding student dissertations for the PGRG undergraduate and postgraduate prizes. These are the Joanna Stillwell Undergraduate Dissertation Prize and The Bob Woods Postgraduate Dissertation Prize (see These prestigious prizes each carry an award of £100.

Please note that we can only accept one submission per institution. Please send submissions directly to me at:

The deadlines are as follows;

  • Joanna Stillwell Undergraduate Dissertation Prize: midday on 12th July 2019
  • The Bob Woods Postgraduate Dissertation Prize: midday on 31st December 2019

12th February 2019

Congratulations to Gordon McLachlan (University of Leeds) for winning the The Bob Woods Postgraduate Dissertation Prize 2018. To find out more about Gordon please see here

5th February 2019

Please see the Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the journal Comparative Population Studies: Internal Migration as a Driver of Regional Population Change in Europe: Updating Ravenstein.

Sent on behalf of the Special Issue editors Philip Rees and Nikola Sander

16th January 2019

Don’t forget the Call for Papers for the 2019 RGS-IBG Annual Conference in London. See here for more details.

3rd December 2018

The call for papers for the PopGRG sponsored sessions at this years’ RGS-IGB Annual International Conference is out today. Please see here for more details

21st November 2018

Check out our latest blog post from PGRG committee member, Dr Lomax on Mapping Brexit votes using novel e-petition data and machine learning

15th November 2018

Two new blog posts were released this week with insights in to the 3rd International Conference on Geographies of Education which took place at Loughborough University in September

3rd October 2018

Congratulations to Calypso Owen (University of Sussex) for winning the Joanna Stillwell Undergraduate Dissertation Prize 2018. For more information see here

25th September 2018

The minutes of our recent AGM have been published on the website today. Please take a look at the reports here.

4th September 2018

Thanks for all those who contributed to the workshop and convened sessions at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference in Cardiff last week. Following a productive AGM we are please to announce our elected Committee Members for 2018/19. For more details see here.

23rd July 2018

Our latest blog post has been published today! See more here. We’re looking forward to the Annual Conference next month and hope this post will give you a flavour of the PGRG sponsored sessions that have been convened.

11th May 2018

Check out the Events pages, we are delighted to be hosting a pre-conference event at this years RGS IBG Conference on the theme of Austerity politics and changing landscapes of inequality. More details here

17th February 2018

Our latest guest blog is available today. Clara Mulder explain more about her project and reflects on family ties, internal migration and immobility. See here here

23rd November 2017

We’re looking to sponsor sessions at this years RGS IBG Annual Conference. Your session might features themes such as migration; diversity; population transitions; population structures; inequalities; birth, lives and death. Contact Sophie (our Events Officer) before Mon 8th January 2017. For more details click here.

20th October 2017

Check out the minutes of our recent AGM and the list of new committee members here

13th September 2017

A new blog reflecting on one our PGRG sponsored sessions at the RGS is out this week. Check it out here

30th August 2017

Thanks for all those who came along to the AGM and Website and Blog Launch Drinks Reception. Minutes of the meeting and a list of newly elected members will be published on this site soon.

1st August 2017

Your essential guide to the 2017 PopGRG sponsored sessions is here !


Population Geography are sponsoring  six sessions at the annual RGS-IBG conference in London this year.

  1. Negotiating Brexit: migrant spatialities and identities in a changing Europe
  2. “Trump-etting” Population Geography in Brexit and US Presidential Election Debates?
  3. Residential migration across time and over the lifecourse
  4. Historical geographies of mobility and knowledge
  5. Geographical perspectives on educational inequalities
  6. Postgraduate Contributions to Population Geography Research