British Society of Population Studies Conference

12 - 14 September 2016 - Many CPC members contributed to this year's British Society of Population Studies Conference (BSPS) conference at the University of Winchester.

CPC's core objectives are linked closely to that of the British Society for Population studies, this is never more evident than in our participation in the society's annual conference. CPC Director Jane Falkingham is the incumbent president of BSPS and took great pleasure in being involved in the conference planning which provided a platform for scientific discussion, learning and exchange of ideas. Other CPC members coordinated several of the academic strands this year including Athina Vlachantoni who organised the sessions on 'Ageing and the lifecourse' and Jakub Bijak who was organiser of the 'Innovative data, methods and models' presentations. With 23 presentations by CPC across the three days, there was lots of CPC research for delegates to enjoy.

Presentations from CPC members included Elspeth Graham and Albert Sabater's work on 'Low educational attainment and UK fertility change in times of austerity' which studies potential contributing factors in large scale population changes in Italy and Spain, particularly in the context of the economic recession.

Ann Berrington and Juliet Stone presented their work on 'Income, welfare and the transition to third birth in the UK' from the project 'Fertility dynamics in the context of economic recession'. This work focusses on the factors that influence a woman's decision to have a third child.

In their presentation 'Integrated probabilistic population forecasts for the United Kingdom: A Bayesian approach', Jason Hilton, Jakub Bijak, Eren Dodd, Jonathan Forster and Peter Smith explored the ways Bayesian methods of predicting population change can be used to improve forecasting in the UK. This work is part of the project Probabilistic population forecasting.

Work by Maria Evandrou, Jane Falkingham, Madelin Gomez Leon and Athina Vlachantoni's on 'The dynamics of social care and paid work in mid-life' examines how families cope with caring for relatives and what impact this has on their employment status.

For full information about the conference, visit the conference Website

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