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Using Twitter data for demographic research

22 November 2017 – Agnese Vitali and Jennifer Holland, who are both working within the fertility and family strand of CPC, have written a paper with Dilek Yildiz, Jo Munson and Ramine Tinati that was published in Demographic Research today.

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CPC educates and entertains at the ESRC Festival of Social Science

On 8 and 9 November, CPC's Jason Hilton, Maja Palmer and Natalia Permyakova gave thought provoking speeches about migration, ageing and welfare, to educate and celebrate Social Science during the fifteenth year of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.

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New publication 'Job separation of immigrants during the Great Recession'

Dafni Papoutsaki’s new publication "Job separation rates of immigrants and natives in the UK during the Great Recession" assesses the probability of job separations of immigrants and natives in the UK before and after the economic crisis of 2008 and is now available for free download.

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CPC's Jakub Bijak is Guest Editor of Population Studies special issue

24 October 2017 - Today a special issue of Population Studies has been published. We are delighted to share that CPC's Professor Jakub Bijak joins Frans Willekens, Anna Klabunde and Alexia Prskawetz as Guest Editor for this edition, providing the introduction 'The science of choice: an introduction'.

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Bringing research to Life

This summer, CPC experienced being part of the 2017 University of Southampton 'Bringing Research to Life Roadshow'. Forming a key exhibit at the Thomas Hardye School, Winchester Science Festival, BBC Countryfile Live and Bournemouth Air Festival, we were delighted to 'make learning fun' and engage with over 800 members of the public.

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Survey prompts calls to subtract international students from UK migration numbers

A new CPC survey which provides much-needed insight into the intentions of UK-based international students following their higher education studies has prompted calls to remove international students from the government's net migration target.

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International students in the UK

CPC is pleased to announce the publication of the 2017 Survey of Graduating International Students Technical Report, which forms part of the Office for National Statistics quarterly migration release today (Thursday, 24th August 2017).

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Winchester Science Festival learns the facts about Migration

29 - 30 July 2017 - CPC was delighted to join a packed programme of speakers and exhibitors at the Winchester Science Festival last weekend to champion and celebrate science with the public.

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Informal carers required to take part in online survey for Carer Time Use project

The CPC Carers and Time Use project team would like to find out the views of anyone who informally cares for older adults, that is those who are carrying out some caring tasks for an older person but are not employed as carers. We want to learn more about the activities people do as part of their care role and better capture carers' experiences of providing support. The team aim to provide better information for policymakers on which to base their decisions, ultimately benefitting all those who provide unpaid care for older people.

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CPC’s Traute Meyer advises migrants’ pension rights at the Finnish Centre for Pensions

How do changes in the labour market and workers' life course affect the pension provision, and how are pension schemes reformed in different parts of the world? These questions were addressed at the international conference Changing Labour Markets, Life-Course and Pensions at the Finnish Centre for Pensions in Helsinki on 19 May 2017, where CPC's Professor Traute Meyer presented a recent study and joined nearly 130 top experts from around the globe to discuss the direction and impact of changes in the labour markets, life courses and pensions.

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Population Association of America Prize for Dr Albert Sabater

CPC's Albert Sabater, with colleagues Elspeth Graham, Fran Viciana and Diego Ramiro, has won a poster prize for 'Parental Support and Transition to Second Birth in a Low-Fertility Setting: The Case of Andalusia in Spain' at the Population Association of America Annual Meeting that was held from 27 - 29 April 2017 in Chicago.

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CPC's Dr Jakub Bijak discusses 'illusions of migration' in new blog

A new blog by Dr Jakub Bijak, 'Migration: illusion of prediction, illusion of control' is now live on The UK in a Changing Europe website.

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Ethnic differences in returning home

A new paper exploring ethnic differences in patterns of returning home among young adults in the Netherlands has been published open access, free to download.

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CPC provides research evidence to inform future museums strategy

On 29 March 2017, CPC Director Professor Jane Falkingham presented her keynote speech 'Population Change in the UK (and in the World)' at the Museums Association one day conference 'Future of Museums: Audiences'

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3 year fully funded studentship opportunity

CPC is delighted to share a new 3 year fully funded PhD Project (UK Students Only) opportunity 'Silver Splitters: Partnership dissolution and re-formation in later life', supervised by CPC's Professor Maria Evandrou, Professor Jane Falkingham and Dr Athina Vlachantoni.

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CPC and Age UK collaborate to improve wellbeing in later life

CPC's Professor Asghar Zaidi has contributed to the development of a new Index of Wellbeing in Later Life in collaboration with Age UK, finding that taking part in social activities has the most direct influence on improving a person's wellbeing in later life. Activities such as; going to a cinema, museum or historical site; taking part in arts events; being a member of a social or sports club; or engaging in a community or voluntary group are all beneficial.

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CPC paper makes Policy Press free article of the month

An article 'The combination of 'insider' and 'outsider' strategies in VSO-government partnerships: the relationship between Refugee Action and the Home Office in the UK' written by CPC's Professor Derek McGhee and CPC Associates Claire Bennett and Sarah Walker, has been announced as one of the top five most read articles published in Voluntary Sector Review in 2016.

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Childlessness in the UK has stopped increasing

CPS's Professor Ann Berrington has provided a significant contribution to a new book 'Childlessness in Europe: Contexts, Causes, and Consequences' edited by Professor Michaela Kreyenfeld, and Professor Dirk Konietzka and published by Springer as Open Access. The book contains a collection of papers written by leading demographers and sociologists, revealing reasons for high levels of childlessness in Europe and indicating that historical patterns may be on the verge of shifting in some countries.

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Italian Association for Population Studies Conference 2017

On Thursday 9th February CPC members will present their latest research findings at the Italian Association for Population Studies Conference 2017. CPC's Dr Francesca Fiori and Professor Elspeth Graham will present their paper 'Women's labour market trajectories, economic precariousness and the intention to have a second child in Italy: realization, postponement or revision?' which details their most up-to-date work on their project investigating fertility in Italy using a range of quantitative data sources and interviews.

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Dr Jakub Bijak awarded prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant

Congratulations to CPC's Dr Jakub Bijak, Associate Professor in Demography, who has been awarded a Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council (ERC) for the project 'Bayesian Agent-based Population Studies: Transforming Simulation Models of Human Migration'.

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CPC'S Brienna Perelli-Harris joins 'Global marriage trends' debate on BBC World News

How are attitudes to marriage changing across the world? CPC Associate Professor, Dr Brienna Perelli-Harris was invited to discuss her research on BBC World News on Thursday 24 November. Drawing on her extensive research on marriage and cohabitation in Europe, Australia and America, Brienna discussed current variations in marriage trends and the value of marriage in Europe and the USA. The panel debate was hosted by BBC's Matthew Amroliwala, with Dr Zaki Wahhaj, Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Kent and Karen Cinnamon, a Wedding blogger.

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CPC's Professor Derek McGhee conferred Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

On 19 October 2016 the Academy of Social Sciences announced that it had conferred the award of Fellow on Professor Derek McGhee, Head of Social Sciences at the University of Southampton and joint coordinator of CPC's migration stand of research.

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250-year-old research methodology helps solve 21st Century population questions

Researchers from the ESRC Centre for Population Change at the University of Southampton and Statistics New Zealand have recently published an article arguing that Bayesian methodology, a statistical tool introduced by Rev. Thomas Bayes in the 18th Century, is vital in providing solutions to many difficult statistical problems, particularly those presented by 21st Century population studies.

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New app illustrates the effect of past events on population

Earth is not a place of stability, disturbances such as shocks from wars and pandemics or ongoing changes such as those caused by agricultural intensification cause fluctuations in the way our population grows. In Europe, the Second World War left millions dead, but its survivors produced a baby-boom generation. Both the war and its demographic aftermath can clearly be seen in the number of people at different ages in many European populations. So seemingly short-lived, transitionary events can leave a quantifiable imprint in the age-structure of populations.

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CPC’s Brienna Perelli-Harris honoured with prestigious award for social demography

CPC scholar Brienna Perelli-Harris has been presented the prestigious Dirk van de Kaa award for social demography. The award, which honours outstanding achievements by an individual scholar in social demography was presented to Brienna during the closing ceremony of the European Population Conference 2016 for her outstanding research on cohabitation and childbearing across Europe.

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CPC members win poster prize

Congratulations to CPC members Albert Sabater, Elspeth Graham and Nissa Finney whose poster on "The Spatialities of Ageing in Britain: Is Residential Age Segregation increasing?" won a prize at the European Population Conference 2016 in Mainz Germany. An expert panel judged the poster to be the best of the 80 posters displayed in the session.

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Professor Jane Falkingham made Vice-President of leading European Association of Population Studies

CPC Director Professor Jane Falkingham has been made Vice-President of the European Association of Population Studies (EAPS). Council for EAPS is selected bi-annually and responsibility is transferred at the Association's conference. Professor Zsolt Speder takes over the role of President from Professor Francesco Billari.

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CPC launches ‘Changing Populations’

We are excited to announce the launch of our new bulletin 'Changing Populations', updating you on all of the latest news from our research teams and knowledge exchange activities.

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Understanding Gender, Class and Ethnic Differences in Educational Aspirations among UK Teenagers

Improvements in attainment and in rates of progression to higher education have been much faster for most ethnic minority groups than for white students. Political rhetoric often explains these differences in terms of a lack of aspiration, particularly among white, working class boys. In a new paper 'Understanding Gender, Class and Ethnic Differences in Educational Aspirations among UK Teenagers' in the British Educational Research Journal, CPC Member Ann Berrington, along with Steven Roberts and Peter Tammes, examine how gender, class, and ethnicity influence educational aspirations among teenagers born in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

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Improving HIV testing and treatment in South Africa

A special issue of the journal AIDS Care has been published to coincide with the start of the 21st International AIDS conference in Durban, South Africa, including work by CPC's Nuala McGrath. The theme of the special issue is 'Universal test and treat' (UTT). UTT aims to increase uptake of HIV testing and immediate or early initiation of Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) at the population level. In this special issue, papers present new research on the psychological and socio-medical aspects of testing and treatment based on large-scale clinical trials and implementation studies in six African countries.

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CPC Director elected as EAPS Vice-President

CPC is proud to announce Jane Falkingham has been voted as the new Vice-President of the European Association for Population Studies following a vote open to over 640 EAPS members.

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Should I stay or should I go? Strategies of EU citizens living in the UK in the context of the EU referendum

This article was originally posted on 'The UK in a Changing Europe' website and is based on work done as part of the Understanding the drivers and consequence of population changes in the UK in the context of a changing Europe research project. This research was funded as part of the UK in a Changing Europe Initiative.

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EU migrants: young, skilled and in employment

This article was originally posted on 'The UK in a Changing Europe' website and is based on work done as part of the Understanding the drivers and consequence of population changes in the UK in the context of a changing Europe research project. This research was funded as part of the UK in a Changing Europe Initiative.

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How quickly do women have children after moving to England?

Do women from different countries, who migrate to England and Wales, have children as soon as they arrive? Or do they wait until some time has passed before having children? In a new paper, published in the journal Demographic Research James Robards and Ann Berrington have studied the timing of fertility among migrants to England and Wales.

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The implications of Brexit for older EU migrants in England and Wales

This article was originally posted on the 'Ageing Issues' website and is based on work done as part of the Understanding the drivers and consequence of population changes in the UK in the context of a changing Europe research project. This research was funded as part of the UK in a Changing Europe Initiative.

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Accurately predicting asylum seekers

In general, all migration flows are notorious for being difficult to model and forecast, but those generated by shocks, such as political crises, armed conflict or persecution are especially so. The movement of asylum seekers and refugees are some of the most unpredictable forms of migration, yet they have very high policy, political and societal impact. In many cases, it is not even possible to provide accurate estimates of migrant flows, yet the assumptions behind the existing migration forecasts do not reflect that uncertainty and are often unjustifiably precise.

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Benefit tourism and Britain’s new deal: will the renegotiation stop EU migrants coming to the UK?

This article was originally posted on the ESRC 'The UK in a Changing Europe' website and is based on work done as part of the Understanding the drivers and consequence of population changes in the UK in the context of a changing Europe research project.

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Exploring ‘middle’ outcomes in Scottish school qualifications

In the 1980s Phil Brown stated "there is an invisible majority of ordinary pupils who neither leave their names engraved on the school honours board nor gouged into the tops of their desks."

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As free as Norway after Brexit: How would membership of the European Free Trade Association affect benefit spending for migrants in Britain?

This article was originally posted on the ESRC 'The UK in a Changing Europe' website and is based on work done as part of the Understanding the drivers and consequence of population changes in the UK in the context of a changing Europe research project. This research was funded by the ESRC as part of the UK in a Changing Europe Initiative.

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CPC proudly sponsors PopFest 2016

CPC is pleased to announce that it will once again provide supplementary support for the annual population postgraduate conference 'PopFest'.

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Workshop: Going beyond the country: Exploring sub-national effects on socio-demographic phenomena with European Social Survey data.

Call for papers: CPC's Dr Agnese Vitali and Dr Bruno Arpino of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra will be holding an ESS ERIC Academic Workshop from 18 - 19 January 2018 at the University of Southampton.

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