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The changing living arrangements of young adult in the UK

CPC's Ann Berrington, Juliet Stone and Jane Falkingham article on the changing living arrangements of young adults in the UK was published today (8/12/09)in the Office for National Statistics publication, Population Trends. The article examines changes over the past twenty years in the living arrangements of young men and women aged 16-34 years, and how the proportions living with their parents differ by geographical region, education and economic activity.

Posted 08/12/2009 13:37

Review of methods for distributing international migration to regions published today

the 'Independent review of methods for distributing international immigration estimates to regions' authored by CPC researcher, Dr Jakub Bijak, was published today by the Office for national Statistics.

Posted 12/01/2010 17:12

Neither single, nor in a couple: A study of living apart together in France

CPC researcher Dr Eva Beaujouan has recently published 2 chapters in an edited collection of papers on the contemporary family. Eva's first study "Neither single, nor in a couple: A study of living apart together in France" addresses questions such as; How have non-cohabiting relationships evolved in recent decades? How can we recognise these relationships, and who are the populations concerned?

Posted 15/01/2010 12:05

How is fertility affected by separation and repartnering?

In the age of increasing separation and repartnering have you ever wondered how fertility is affected? Do separations reduce fertility by preventing births? Or do they have the opposite effect, with second unions providing new opportunities for childbearing? To find out the answer read Eva Beaujouan's recent analysis of French data here

Posted 26/02/2010 11:23

Social Science in the classroom

CPC researcher Dr Athina Vlachantoni has been getting involved in the ESRC initiative to make Social Science more accessible to children. Social Science for Schools is a new ESRC information portal that brings together Social Science resources in an easy to understand manner. Athina's thought provoking opinion piece discusses issues around old age, living longer and pension provision in order to encourage debate. Athina's think piece can be viewed here.

Posted 30/03/2010 15:19

New methodology to estimate migration flows

Migration flow data informs policy makers, the media and academic community about the level and direction of population movements. However, reliable migration data for comparisons of international population flows between a set of countries are often lacking. Reported counts are commonly incomplete or produced to country specific data collection and measurement techniques. This results in inconsistencies when comparing countries estimates of the same migration flow.

Posted 30/03/2010 14:19

Work Session on Demographic Projections

Two members from the modelling strand of CPC took part in the Joint Eurostat/UNECE Work Session on Demographic Projections in Lisbon, Portugal on the 28th to the 30th April 2010. Jakub Bijak contributed a presentation on uncertainty in international migration forecasts while Guy Abel discussed his work on Bayesian methods for population forecasting.

Posted 12/05/2010 15:57

Toward a new policy of life course flexibility

A new policy brief written by leading European demographers including CPC Director Prof. Jane Falkingham adds to the debate on meeting the challenge of population ageing.

Posted 03/03/2011 14:51

Over-50s populations in South to rise

Dr Athina Vlachantoni was recently invited to comment on a BBC News Story concerning the Office for National Statistic's projections of median age. Athina noted that in a time of austerity the growing number of older people in the population could lead to greater pressure on services, however not all older people require council services moreover, one third of people over 65 currently provide care to another family member.

Posted 26/11/2010 12:38

Multilingual Demographic Dictionary now available online

Demopaedia, the Wiki-Based Multilingual Demographic Dictionary, is now available online in 14 language modules at

Posted 08/07/2010 11:52

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Co-director of CPC appointed Chief Executive of ESRC

The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Vince Cable has announced the appointment of Professor Paul Boyle as Chief Executive and Deputy Chair of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Announcing the appointment the Secretary of State said: "I would like to welcome Professor Boyle as the new Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council. He has an excellent academic and research background and will be a great asset to the Council. The ESRC is the leading funder of research and postgraduate training in social sciences in the UK. Our quality of life and the economic and social well-being of the UK are two of the priority issues addressed by ESRC's highly regarded research and training activities."

Posted 30/07/2010 10:47

Special CPC-themed edition of Population Trends published today

Five papers by CPC researchers have been included in the Autumn 2010 issue of Population Trends.They were chosen to showcase both the range of research topics and the variety of datasets being used within the Centre.

Posted 23/09/2010 10:52

New book published on forecasting international migration in Europe

Dr Jakub Bijak has just published a book which looks at forecasting international migration from a Bayesian statistical perspective. The book addresses the need for reliable methods of predicting future migration, offers a solution for dealing with the forecasting uncertainty, and suggests the ways, in which the results may be relevant to the end user. The book, entitled Forecasting International Migration in Europe: A Bayesian View, is available now from Springer.

Posted 26/11/2010 13:51

Older people with high support needs

CPC researchers, led by Professor Jane Falkingham, have been involved in adding to the evidence on the future requirements of older people with high support needs in the UK. The work, commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, provides an overview of existing knowledge on demographic issues and trends and makes conclusions with reference to likely future trends. The work feeds into the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's 'A Better Life' research programme which focuses on improving the quality of life of those in this group in the future.

Posted 26/11/2010 11:25

PopFest goes international!

The annual Population Studies conference for postgraduate students, PopFest, will for the first time in its history be held outside of the UK.

Posted 17/12/2010 12:07

CPC at the European Consortium for Sociological Research Conference

CPC Researcher Serena Pattaro was selected from a highly talented group of researchers to present her research at this year's ECSR Conference in Bamberg. The conference, that took place in October 2010, brought together 96 researchers for a three day event on 'Analysing Education, Family, Work and Welfare in Modern Societies: Methodological Approaches and Empirical Evidence'.

Posted 16/02/2011 15:36

Uncertainty in fertility intentions, how real are reproductive goals?

Prof. Maire Ni Bhrolchain and Dr Eva Beaujouan took their work on uncertainty in fertility intentions to a conference in Vienna in December. The conference, 'From Intentions to Behaviour: Reproductive Decision-Making in a Macro-Micro Perspective,' was organised by the Vienna Institute of Demography of the Austrian Academy of Sciences which is coordinator of the REPRO project ("Reproductive decision-making in a macro-micro perspective"), funded within the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission. The REPRO project is investigating the relationship between reproductive decision-making, childbearing behaviour, and fertility trends. The conference brought together people working in this area from both Europe and the United States.

Posted 11/02/2011 15:57

Womens work and family histories and their association with income in later life

New research by Tom Sefton with CPC's co-directors Jane Falkingham and Maria Evandrou examines the relationship between UK women's family and work histories and their income in later life.

Posted 28/01/2011 13:30

Numbers living to 100 predicted to rise

Of those alive in 2011 over 11 million will live to see their 100th birthday, a new report by the Department for Work and pensions predicts. Of these, almost 1million are at or over the age 65. Furthermore, 1.4m are currently aged between 51-65.

Posted 04/05/2011 16:19

Is There an Urban Advantage in Child Survival in Sub-Saharan Africa? Evidence From 18 Countries in the 1990's

It is commonly thought that those living in urban areas of lower income countries have better health than those in rural areas - known as the 'urban advantage'. A new study carried out by Nyovani Madise (University of Southampton) with Philippe Bocquier (Université Catholique do Louvain) and Eliya Msiyaphazi Zulu (African Institute for Development Policy) calls into question this advantage.

Posted 24/05/2011 14:54

Are Older Migrants in Nairobi 'Returning'?

Circular and return migration between urban and rural areas in Sub-Saharan Africa is not a new phenomenon, however the majority of previous research has focused on labour migration. Rather than focussing on migration among people of working age, this new research from the ESRC Centre for Population Change and the Centre for Research on Ageing, explores the determinants of migration in older age groups, recognising that old age also marks a stage in the life course associated with migration.

Posted 15/07/2011 16:46

Does it pay for immigrants to use social networks?

Using The Special Licence Quarterly Labour Force Survey Corrado Giulietti, Christian Schluter and Jackie Wahba have been investigating the question 'Does it pay for immigrants to use social networks?'

Posted 03/03/2011 13:29

Post-Transitional Fertility in Developing Countries

What has been the European experience of low fertility, how has African fertility declined, what is the future for low fertility and what is optimal fertility? These are just some of the questions addressed at a seminar on post-transitional fertility in developing countries held at the University of Portsmouth on the 20th -21st July 2011.

Posted 26/07/2011 14:56

The UK experiences its highest annual population growth since 1962

The population of the UK was 62.3 million in mid-2010, up 470,000 (0.8 per cent) on the previous year; the highest annual growth rate since mid-1962 reveals the Office for National Statistics.

Posted 05/07/2011 11:34

Fertility trends in Scotland between 2000 and 2010

We are delighted to announce the publication of the first Factsheet from the ESRC Centre for Population Change. Providing an overview of Fertility trends in Scotland between 2000 and 2010, the factsheet can be viewed by clicking here.

Posted 09/09/2011 09:24

Popfest 2011

In 2011, PopFest was held for the 19th time and for the first time in its history took place outside the UK. The conference was held at the Population Research Centre of the University of Groningen (RUG), the Netherlands, from 27th to 29th June. PopFest is an annual population studies conference organized by postgraduate students to fellow postgraduates. The 37 presenters and the couple of non-presenting participants came from various universities of different European as well as non-European countries. About one third of the attendees were students in the universities of the United Kingdom, while another third were students in the Netherlands, and the rest represented various institutions across the world. Most distant participants came from the universities of Israel, Australia, and the United States.

Posted 20/09/2011 15:41

Civil Partnerships Five Years On

The Civil Partnership Act which came into force in December 2005 allowed same-sex couples in the UK to register their relationship for the first time. New joint research by researchers at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the ESRC Centre for Population Change (CPC), published in the current issue of Population Trends, highlights key trends in attitudes towards same-sex partnerships in Britain and examines the characteristics of those entering civil partnerships between 2005 and 2010. The researchers found that the majority of British people now accept same-sex couples as being "rarely wrong" or "not wrong at all", although there remain differences in attitudes towards same-sex partnerships by age and gender. Registration statistics for England and Wales suggest that same-sex civil partnerships are increasingly being taken up by women and at an earlier age. Comparison of civil partnerships with marriages suggests that, on average, men and women are older when they enter a civil partnership and that there are more likely to be greater age differences between the partners entering a civil partnership than for marriage.

Posted 22/09/2011 12:03

Trends in A8 migration to the UK during recession

A substantial proportion of contemporary immigration to Britain is by nationals of east and central European countries who have recently joined the EU. A study carried out by CPC published this week in the Office for National Statistics publication 'Population Trends' finds that the recession has seen significant changes in the concentration of 'A8' migrant labour in particular parts of the labour market. This interesting feature merits research at a time when UK unemployment rates are high and when the economy is struggling to recover from recession.

Posted 22/09/2011 11:46

Are older people in the UK getting the help they need to carry out daily tasks?

New research investigates older people's need for social care, finding that that there is a significant level of 'unmet need' among older people for help with certain activities.

Posted 22/09/2011 11:09

More complexity in mid-life

New research from CPC suggests that over the last 25 years the lives of British men and women in mid-life have become more varied.

Posted 22/09/2011 11:00

Population Trends Special Issue Published Today

The latest version of the quarterly journal Population Trends published by the Office for National Statistics has been published today. This special issue produced in association with the ESRC Centre for Population Change (CPC), a joint initiative between the University of Southampton and a consortium of Scottish universities, contains seven articles authored by researchers in CPC;

Posted 22/09/2011 10:41

The changing living arrangements of young adults in the UK

More young adults in the UK are living with their parents or are living outside a family compared with 10 years ago, investigators have found. Changes in education and work appear to play a key role in these trends, says the research team.

Posted 27/09/2011 10:12

Does unemployment cause return migration?

We are pleased to announce The ESRC Centre for Population Change's first Briefing Paper investigating the question 'Does unemployment cause return migration' has now been published, please click here. We do hope you will find this interesting.

Posted 08/07/2011 13:13

Scotland's Census as a Research Resource

The Registrar General's Annual Review of Demographic Trends 156th Edition was published recently by the Office for National Statistics. CPC co-Director Elspeth Graham, along with colleagues David Manley, David McCollum, Frank Popham and Maarten van Ham contributed a chapter entitled 'Scotland's Census as a Research Resource' which showcased two pieces of CPC research that would not have been able to take place without the Scottish census data.

Posted 07/12/2011 15:49

How will climate change impact on migration?

The question of 'how climate change will impact on migration' is currently at the forefront of the UK Governments agenda, leading to the commissioning of a two year study that was published in October. The Migration and Global Environmental Change report, published by Forsight, draws on evidence produced by experts to understand how profound changes in environmental conditions such as flooding, drought and rising sea levels will influence and interact with patterns of global human migration over the next 50 years.

Posted 25/01/2012 11:36

The coming together of disciplines; the example of migration

Sociologists and economists have traditionally taken different perspectives on studying phenomena such as migration; in the past sociologists have focused on the social/political consequences of migration while economists traditionally focused on the factors driving migration.

Posted 23/03/2012 10:36

Poverty among older people in Central Asia and the Caucasus

A study of of older people living in Central Asia and the Caucasus finds that substantial number live in poverty and experience economic hardship.

Posted 27/03/2012 15:15

A new framework for migration statistics

In the UK, annual population and migration statistics are produced to meet a diverse range of requirements relating to resource allocation, policy making, local service provision, commerce and research. They provide information on how populations are changing over time, which is influenced by wider social, cultural and natural environments.

Posted 30/03/2012 15:03

What is the role of schooling in the integration and settlement process of new Polish migrants to the UK?

Though the post-accession migration wave from Poland to the UK was initially seen as transient, a clear trend towards settlement and family formation has by now been acknowledged. One of the signifiers of the settlement process is the considerable increase in numbers of Polish children in British schools (DCSF 2007). CPC research published in a new COMPAS Breakfast Briefing explores the issues related to schooling and how these impact on the integration of Polish families and their future migration decisions.

Posted 10/05/2012 14:57

CPC at the European Population Conference, 2012

The European Population Conference (EPC) is a bi-annual conference organised by the European Association for Population Studies (EAPS). EAPS is an international and multidisciplinary forum for population studies with a special focus on Europe.

Posted 13/07/2012 15:15

CPC Annual Report published

Our Annual Report provides information on all our activities during the previous financial year. The report is submitted to our funders the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) every March for assessment.

Posted 19/07/2012 16:16

The population of England and Wales exceeds 56 million

The Office for National Statistics estimates the population of England and Wales on Census day 2011 at 56.1 million. The first output from the 2011 census shows that the population of England and Wales increased by 3.7 million between 2001 and 2011. This is the largest increase between censuses since the first census in 1801.

Posted 19/07/2012 14:47

CPC Director attends UNECE Ministerial Conference on Ageing

CPC Director, Professor Jane Falkingham, attended the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Ministerial Conference on Ageing in September 2012.

Posted 01/10/2012 14:40

CPC study shows women are starting families later in life because they are spending longer in education

A study carried out by CPC researchers has shown that women are having children later in life mainly because they are spending longer in education. The research by Professor Maire Ni Bhrolchain and Dr Eva Beaujouan, published in Population Studies, reveals that finishing full-time education and training at an older average age is the main reason why people are having their first child later in life - both in Britain and in France.

Posted 13/09/2012 10:56

CPC co-Director gives evidence at Holyrood’s Finance Committee

Professor Eslpeth Graham, co-Director of CPC, gave evidence on 'Demography and our ageing population' at Holyrood's Finance Committee on 19 September.

Posted 20/09/2012 17:29

Landmark UN report warns of impact of rapidly ageing populations

An ageing world demands wiser policies, says a new report published by the UN on ageing populations, with the population of over-60-year-olds to reach one billion within the decade.

Posted 09/10/2012 14:23

CPC awarded new research grant to investigate pension protection for minority ethnic groups

As part of the ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative, Dr Athina Vlachantoni has been awarded a research grant to undertake the project 'Pension protection for minority ethnic groups in Britain: determinants, prospects and policy implications'.

Posted 10/10/2012 14:06

Young adults have become reluctant to fly the family nest

An article in The Economist has highlighted CPC research by Ann Berrington, Juliet Stone and Jane Falkingham, looking at the 'boomerang' generation.

Posted 12/10/2012 10:54

CPC Director appears on the More Or Less programme on BBC

CPC Director, Professor Jane Falkingham, appeared on the BBC World Service More Or Less programme, 'Predicting the global population', on 13 October 2012.

Posted 15/10/2012 16:32

CPC and COMPAS to work on joint research project

CPC is shortly due to start working alongside another ESRC-funded research centre, the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), based at the University of Oxford.

Posted 13/11/2012 15:37

CPC research published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth

A study carried out by researchers from CPC, S3RI and the Centre for Global Health, Population, Poverty and Policy has shown that, among women with 'low-risk' pregnancies, those who intend to give birth in hospital are significantly more likely to experience a postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) than those who intend to give birth at home.

Posted 19/11/2012 10:44

CPC to contribute to the ESRC Future of Scotland Project

As part of the ESRC's Future of Scotland Project, CPC have been successful in bidding for additional funding for a new programme of work that is directly relevant to the overall Future of Scotland Project's aims.

Posted 19/11/2012 11:12

Senior fellowship awarded to CPC researcher to provide evidence for the Scottish Independence referendum

CPC researcher, Professor David Bell, has been awarded funding by the ESRC to provide evidence on the 'Fiscal aspects of constitutional change' for the upcoming referendum on Scottish Independence.

Posted 09/01/2013 12:33

Census 2011 results

The results of the 2011 Census published on Tuesday 11 December have highlighted that over the last ten years the population of England and Wales has both become larger and more diverse. The total population has grown by 7 per cent, from 52.4 million in 2001 to 56.1 million in 2011, up 3.7 million.

Posted 17/12/2012 11:57

CPC researcher appointed to the Migration Advisory Committee

Professor Jackline Wahba has been appointed as a Non-Executive Board Member of the Home Office's Migration Advisory Committee (MAC). The appointment was made by the Home Office in compliance with the rules set out by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments and run from December 2012 for three years.

Posted 03/01/2013 15:28

Growing reach of population sciences

A policy brief written for the Dubai School of Government by University of Southampton PhD student, Sylvia Szabo, has recently been translated into Arabic, extending the reach of population research undertaken at CPC's base institution.

Posted 21/01/2013 14:54

Video visualisation of research paper by CPC researcher

CPC researcher, Professor John Knowles, has created a YouTube video explaining 'An economic model of unmarried births' for his paper 'Can technological change account for the sexual revolution?'.

Posted 22/02/2013 15:03

New CPC advisory board member

CPC would like to welcome Mike Daly, from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), as a new member of the CPC advisory board.

Posted 30/01/2013 15:04

CRA and CPC research to examine fuel and food poverty among older people in the UK

Dr Aravinda Meera Guntupalli from the Centre for Research on Ageing and CPC researcher, Dr Athina Vlachantoni, have recently won Policy Commission funding from Public Policy@Southampton to examine patterns of fuel poverty and food poverty among older people (those aged 60 and above) in the UK, with a view to contributing to the policy-relevant debate on the choice faced by vulnerable older persons between heating their home and eating nutritious and regular meals.

Posted 14/02/2013 12:36

CPC researchers to beta test 2011 Census data on informal carers

CPC researchers have been successful in their application to take part in an Office for National Statistics (ONS) scheme to beta test 2011 Census data in the ONS Longitudinal Study.

Posted 14/02/2013 16:35

Young Adulthood: aspirations and realities for living and learning in the 21st Century

As part of the ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative, Dr Ann Berrington has been awarded funding to examine 'Young Adulthood: aspirations and realities for living and learning in the 21st Century'.

Posted 14/02/2013 11:29

CPC research publishes in Sociology

CPC research undertaken by Professor Sue Heath and Dr Emma Calvert has published in the journal Sociology.

Posted 27/02/2013 15:40

CPC research publishes in Environment and Planning

CPC research undertaken by Professor Derek McGhee, Professor Sue Heath and Dr Paulina Trevena has published in the journal Environment and Planning.

Posted 08/03/2013 10:28

Living alone in middle age - how, why, and what are the policy implications?

CPC research has found that it is not only important to contemplate the increase of people living alone in middle-age, but also the reasons why people are living alone in middle-age. Changes in family life, highlighted by the Office for National Statistics release on the 2011 General Lifestyle Survey, such as decreasing marriage and increasing cohabitation, imply that the past family experiences of those living alone in mid-life will be very diverse.

Posted 08/03/2013 14:59

Age and Ageing publication for CPC research

CPC research undertaken by Dr Juliet Stone, Professor Maria Evandrou and Professor Jane Falkingham has published in the journal Age and Ageing.

Posted 08/03/2013 10:05

New CPC article in Families, Relationships and Society

CPC research undertaken by Professor Derek McGhee, Professor Sue Heath, and Dr Paulina Trevena has published in the journal Families, Relationships and Society.

Posted 11/03/2013 14:25

Changing families: The post-nuclear age

An article in The Economist has highlighted CPC research, looking at how family life has changed in recent years.

Posted 19/03/2013 10:33

Read CPC's new research activity and highlights brochure

CPC has published a brochure detailing its research activity and highlights 2009 - 2013.

Posted 25/02/2013 10:05

CPC researcher takes part in Channel 4 News discussion on immigration

On 24 April, CPC researcher Dr Paulina Trevena, was part of a Channel 4 News discussion on immigration in Southampton.

Posted 26/04/2013 10:58

New tool to review progress in HIV prevention

The HIV epidemic is still evolving in many countries and some low- and middle-income countries are confronted with multiple challenges in HIV prevention and management. Using the theory and concepts of health promotion developed by the WHO, The Vice Chancellor of the University of Southampton, Professor Don Nutbeam, with associates from CPC, members of the EPSRC Care Life Cycle and others, have developed a new framework to evaluate HIV/AIDS prevention and control. The new logic model provides an operational tool for policy-makers and public health practitioners engaged in HIV intervention programmes. It can be used to examine interventions that may be ideal alongside what is achievable in a given context. It can also be used to identify what needs more attention or what may be missing from an intervention. Read more.

Posted 01/08/2013 14:11

European migration modelling database launched

CPC is pleased to announce the launch of a new database created to provide tables of migration flows among countries in the European Union and European Free Trade Association, as well as to and from the rest of the world.

Posted 01/07/2013 11:06

World Population Day 2013

Thursday 11 July 2013 marks World Population Day, with this year's focus on adolescent pregnancy. To mark this, CPC has released its latest Briefing Paper, 'Longer time spent in education means starting families later in life' which raises the idea that policies aiming to increase educational enrolment rates could potentially have an impact in reducing teenage fertility rates.

Posted 11/07/2013 10:39

Baby boom drives UK population growth

CPC Director, Jane Falkingham, contributed to an article in the Financial Times on the Office for National Statistics' (ONS) annual midyear population estimates.

Posted 12/08/2013 10:49

National population projections migration assumptions methodology review

In 2012 the Office for National Statistics (ONS) commissioned CPC researcher, Dr Jakub Bijak, to carry out a review of the methodology used in setting migration assumptions for the national population projections and to make recommendations for future methods.

Posted 21/08/2013 10:16

MAC partner forum on the review of migrant employment in low-skilled work

19 November 2013 - The Home Office Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) hosted a partner forum with the Centre for Population Change.

Posted 28/10/2013 14:32

Active ageing, ageing well and intergenerational solidarity: Using and abusing the evidence base

14 November 2013 - A seminar hosted by the Academy of Social Sciences International Advisory Group addressed questions such as what evidence underpins social policy promoting active and healthy ageing in countries experiencing longevity gains, and how benefits of this strategy can be sustained, be participated in and shared by wider segments of our societies. What policies have worked in the past and what ones haven't? Under what conditions might such policies be implemented in the UK?

Posted 07/11/2013 16:23

CPC researchers contribute to IPC-IG series on social protection for older persons

Centre for Population Change (CPC) and Centre for Research on Ageing (CRA) researchers, Professor Jane Falkingham and Dr Athina Vlachantoni, have contributed two 'one-pager' papers to the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG).

Posted 04/09/2013 15:08

The future of the Census - CPC Director on BBC's Today programme

CPC Director, Professor Jane Falkingham, was interviewed on BBC R4's Today programme on 3 September, about the future of the Census in light of the Office for National Statistics' consultation: 'Options for the Future of the Census in England and Wales'.

Posted 03/09/2013 13:13

CPC researcher comments on the Syrian refugee crisis

CPC researcher, Dr Jakub Bijak, was interviewed on BBC Radio Solent on 3 September about the demographic changes affecting Syria as a result of its worsening refugee crisis.

Posted 04/09/2013 11:08

Half of school districts face places crunch - CPC Director comments on BBC Radio 5 Live

CPC Director, Professor Jane Falkingham, was invited to comment on the shortage of places facing many schools in coming years.

Posted 04/09/2013 11:36

Care and the Health and Wellbeing of over 50's in South Africa

A new paper examining the association between care-giving/receiving and the health and wellbeing of people aged 50 and over in rural South Africa has been published in the journal 'Ageing and Society'. CPC colleagues have worked with researchers at the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, to assess the relationship between care-giving and/or care-receiving with functional disability, quality of life/emotional wellbeing, and self-rated health status while adjusting for socio-demographic factors.

Posted 11/09/2013 13:54

Has there been a return to traditional patterns of education and cohabitation in Britain?

New research published in Population and Development Review examines cohabitation in relation to education. It has found that, in Britain, the relationship between the two seems to be reinstating longstanding social patterns usually associated with marriage.

Posted 16/09/2013 16:08

Scotland, migration and the referendum: Data and analysis for an informed debate

Two major projects analysing migration to and from Scotland have been launched today (18 September) by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to inform the referendum debate.

Posted 17/09/2013 11:01

CPC Director appointed Vice-President of the British Society of Population Studies

CPC Director, Professor Jane Falkingham, has been appointed Vice-President of the British Society of Population Studies (BSPS), succeeding Professor Tony Champion.

Posted 23/09/2013 15:41

Centre for Population Change wins second phase funding from UK Economic and Social Research Council

The Centre for Population Change has been successful in gaining renewed core funding from the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to support a second phase of its research, it has been announced.

Posted 26/09/2013 09:28

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First ever global ‘index’ to measure wellbeing of older people

A professor affiliated with CPC who is working with HelpAge International and an international expert group has developed the Global AgeWatch Index to help highlight the varying quality of life and wellbeing that older people experience in countries around the world.

Posted 01/10/2013 10:06

Special issue of Population, Space and Place – Migration and Demographic Change

The journal Population, Space and Place has just published its November/December issue, a special edition featuring articles on Migration and Demographic Change from a number of CPC members.

Posted 30/05/2013 14:18

CPC researcher awarded funding for government data project

Professor Peter Smith, CPC researcher and Director of the Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute, is leading a consortium that has been awarded £7.6 million to help launch and run a project to give access to government data for academic research.

Posted 14/10/2013 11:00

WHO review uses CPC research

A World Health Organisation (WHO) review, examining social determinants and the health divide in the WHO European region, has just published. This landmark review is the result of over two years of research by a cross-disciplinary consortium of Europe's leading experts, chaired by Professor Sir Michael Marmot.

Posted 05/11/2013 11:43

New research identifies why young adults return to the parental home

New research undertaken by researchers from the ESRC Centre for Population Change (CPC) at the University of Southampton has found that turning-points in young adults' lives, such as leaving full-time education, unemployment or a relationship break-up, are significant in whether or not they return to the parental home.

Posted 11/11/2013 14:16

Exploring the link between demographic change and poverty in the UK

What impact has demographic change had on poverty in the UK in the past? What will be the likely future demographic changes and impacts and which groups are most vulnerable? From an anti-poverty perspective, what are the biggest challenges and opportunities presented by demographic change? And how could anti-poverty strategies be informed by experiences of other countries which have seen demographic shifts? These are some of the questions a new review being carried out by CPC researchers Jane Falkingham, Maria Evandrou and Athina Vlchantoni will aim to answer.

Posted 01/11/2013 14:43

Income inequality in Scotland - implications for the independence debate

A report by CPC member, Professor David Bell, has been examining the level of income inequality in Scotland, and how it compares to the rest of the UK, and to other OECD countries.

Posted 20/11/2013 12:01

WHO consultation on developing indicators for age-friendly cities and communities

Professor Asghar Zaidi was an invited expert for the 2nd WHO consultation on developing indicators for age-friendly cities, held in Quebec City, with contributions being included from his recent work on the active ageing index and the global AgeWatch index.

Posted 14/11/2013 14:46

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Opportunities to contribute to Demotrends blog

Demotrends, a blog founded and edited by young researchers in the field of demography, including PhD students from across Europe, aims to connect researchers across topics, institutions, and countries. They are keen to hear from anyone who would like to get involved. You may like to write a one-off post (related to your general research interests), or a research spotlight (which allows you to advertise and discuss your current research). You may even be interested in becoming a regular contributor, and you don't need to be an established (or published) researcher to contribute.

Posted 20/11/2013 12:21

Will revised NICE guidelines fuel population caesarean rates in Britain?

A recently published article in the journal Public Health by CPC member, Professor Sabu Padmadas, describes how recent demographic changes in the UK might influence future population caesarean rates within an informed choices service framework.

Posted 21/11/2013 13:47

CPC researcher publishes in BMJ

CPC researcher, Professor John MacInnes, has recently had an article published in the BMJ entitled 'Population ageing: the timebomb that isn't?'.

Posted 06/12/2013 10:09

Advances in Life Course Research publication for CPC research

CPC researchers Francesca Fiori, Elspeth Graham, and Zhiqiang Feng, have recently had an article entitled 'Geographical variations in fertility and transition to second and third birth in Britain' published in Advances in Life Course Research.

Posted 06/12/2013 10:21

Gender and old-age pension protection in Asia

CPC members, Dr Athina Vlachantoni and Professor Jane Falkingham, have published a blog post for Pension Watch, examining the gender implications of the design and implementation of old age pension protection systems, taking into account women's increasingly diverse life courses in the context of changing demographic and socio-economic patterns in Asia, such as population ageing and women's participation in the informal labour market.

Posted 06/12/2013 10:33

Investigating an age threshold for independence at postgraduate level | A report for HEFCE

In a new report for HEFCE - Investigating an age threshold for independence at postgraduate level; CPC members have investigated the age at which young adults might be treated as independent from their parents in terms of assessment of eligibility for postgraduate funding.

Posted 01/12/2015 12:31

Who is living alone in mid-life and why does it matter?

CPC researcher, Dr Dieter Demey, has contributed a blog post to Understanding Society, examining the implications for people living alone in mid-life who may need family and financial support for their care in later life.

Posted 09/12/2013 15:28

CPC research publishes in Families, Relationships and Societies

CPC research examining the timing of parental divorce and filial obligations to care for ageing parents has recently published in the journal Families, Relationships and Societies.

Posted 11/12/2013 10:38

Demography Insights front cover interview

Migration in times of crisis - interview

CPC researcher, Dr Jakub Bijak, has been interviewed for the latest issue of Demographic Insights, a publication from the Population Europe Network.

Posted 12/12/2013 11:35

Scottish independence vote is too close to call

CPC member, Dr Arkadiusz Wisniowski, has contributed an article to the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog.

Posted 31/07/2014 10:34

Who are the under-pensioned and what should policymakers know?

CPC member, Dr Athina Vlachantoni, has published a blog post on Society Central which discusses her research aiming to understand the differences between and within ethnic groups in terms of occupational pension membership.

Posted 10/07/2014 10:39

World Population Day 2014: Investing in Young People

Friday 11 July 2014 marks World Population Day, with this year's focus on investing in young people.

Posted 10/07/2014 14:01

How are Scottish Local Authorities dealing with immigration policy?

New research from CPC has been examining how Local Authorities in Scotland plan for and respond to international migration. With the Scottish Government making it clear that it is keen to attract migrants to Scotland, this research looks at the Local Authorities' responses in terms of service provision and community integration. It has found that Local Authorities generally feel confident and better equipped to deal with immigration, however it has uncovered concerns that insufficient resources could limit their capacity to welcome migrants to their communities.

Posted 25/06/2014 15:22

The boomerang generation - CPC research in Times article

CPC researcher, Dr Juliet Stone, has been quoted in a Times article about people in their twenties and thirties returning to live with their parents.

Posted 14/05/2014 11:08

Migration, Scotland and the independence referendum

New research has been looking at how migration to and from Scotland might change following independence and demonstrates the need for a more tailored approach to migration policies whatever the outcome of the independence referendum.

Posted 12/02/2014 09:52

Large increase in 20 to 34-year-olds living with their parents

A new Office for National Statistics (ONS) report has used research by CPC members Professor Ann Berrington, Professor Jane Falkingham and Dr Juliet Stone to explore how more young adults are now living with their parents.

Posted 21/01/2014 16:20

Sociology moves up in World University Rankings at University of Southampton

Sociology at the University of Southampton has moved up the QS World University Rankings from the 101-150 category in 2013, to the 51-100 category in 2014. This marks a rise for the second year running, with the subject area having moved up from 151-200 category in 2012.

Posted 17/03/2014 14:17

How does your partnership history affect your well-being?

New CPC research, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, has found that the partnership experiences of those who are living alone in late mid-life can affect their psychological well-being.

Posted 14/01/2014 11:07

Germany’s future electors - Developments of the German electorate in times of demographic change

CPC member,">Nora Sánchez Gassen has published a book, in which she analyses how demographic trends and electoral law have influenced the German electorate in the past and projects their future impact.

Posted 15/09/2014 17:59

CPC in the news - media coverage via!

CPC now uses! to collect all of our media coverage.! is an online curation tool, allowing us to quickly add and share links to CPC research in the news.

Posted 14/05/2014 11:21

Demographic change and poverty

CPC Director, Professor Jane Falkingham, CPC Co-Director, Professor Maria Evandrou and CPC member, Dr Athina Vlachantoni have contributed to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's anti-poverty strategy - Reducing poverty in the UK: a collection of evidence reviews.

Posted 03/09/2014 21:27

CPC's David McCollum on BBC1 Scotland

An interview with David McCollum was shown on BBC1 Scotland's Sunday Politics programme on Sunday 31st August at 11.30am. David spoke about the topic of immigration, focusing on Scotland's attempts to attract migrants to Scotland.

Posted 03/09/2014 22:14

Why is planning for an ageing population so difficult?

CPC Director, Professor Jane Falkingham considers this issue in the in advance of the big ageing population debate, which took place on Thursday 11th September 2014.

Posted 12/09/2014 14:16

New book publication: Germany’s future electors

CPC member, Nora Sánchez Gassen's latest book "Germany's future electors: Developments of the German electorate in times of demographic change" has now been published by Springer. In this book, Nora Sánchez Gassen analyses how demographic trends and electoral law have influenced the German electorate in the past and projects their future impact.

Posted 15/09/2014 18:00

ICSU-endorsed initiative Sustainable Deltas 2015 launches in Rotterdam

The ICSU (International Council for Science) has endorsed the Sustainable Deltas 2015 initiative (SD2015), which was launched on 26th September 2014 at the 'Deltas in Times of Climate Change II International Conference' in Rotterdam.

Posted 27/09/2014 15:59

New Publication: Young People and Social Policy

CPC researchers Ann Berrington and Juliet Stone have contributed a chapter to a new edited volume, published by Palgrave Macmillan, providing one of the first in-depth analyses of youth as an important case for contemporary social policy.

Posted 28/10/2014 09:57

Launch of the 2014 Findings from Understanding Society

30 October 2014 - CPC Researcher Professor Ann Berrington was involved in the launch of the 2014 Findings from Understanding Society at Westminster.

Posted 30/10/2014 14:41

CPC to appear on BBC Breakfast

On Friday 16 January, the ESRC Centre for Population Change will be appearing on BBC Breakfast as part of their Living Longer series. The appearance is a climax of the highly popular UK tour of the 'How to get to 100 - and enjoy it' exhibition, which has seen CPC take cutting-edge demographic research to the public across the UK.

Posted 13/01/2015 16:52

Facing the facts: The truth about ageing and development

Professor Jane Falkingham contributes to Age International publication "Facing the facts: The truth about ageing and development"

Posted 02/02/2015 09:30

Who benefits from return migration to developing countries?

Professor Jackie Wahba publishes an article in the evidence-based policy making section of IZA World of Labor.

Posted 10/03/2015 11:37

Dr Jakub Bijak wins first Allianz European Demographer Award

Dr Jakub Bijak was awarded the Allianz European Demographer Award 2015 for his outstanding contributions in the field of population studies on demographic change.

Posted 20/03/2015 14:33

Professor Jane Falkingham announced as new Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

CPC Director Professor Jane Falkingham is one of 33 leading social scientists to be conferred the award of Fellow by the Academy of Social Sciences.

Posted 23/03/2015 09:02

CPC member publishes in Demography journal

CPC member, Agnese Vitali, along with colleagues Arnstein Aassve and Trude Lappegård, has published an online article in the journal Demography, entitled 'Diffusion of Childbearing Within Cohabitation'.

Posted 30/03/2015 16:38

CPC members publish article in Population, Space and Place Journal

The article entitled 'New Mobilities Across the Life Course: a Framework for Analysing Demographically Linked Drivers of Migration' was written by CPC members, David McCollum, Allan Findlay and Vernon Gayle, along with colleague Rory Coulter.

Posted 26/05/2015 12:33

CPC General Household Survey Database published

The General Household Survey (GHS) data were originally collected and compiled by the Office for National Statistics and made available by the UK Data Archive. CPC members Eva Beaujouan, Maire Ní Bhrolcháin, Ann Berrington and Jane Falkingham have worked to extract and harmonise the GHS data across annual rounds.

Posted 22/05/2015 08:42

Paper accepted for Advances in Life Course Research journal

The accepted manuscript addresses 'Informal caring in England and Wales' and was written by CPC members, James Robards, Athina Vlachantoni, Maria Evandrou and Jane Falkingham.

Posted 20/05/2015 12:01

Modelling a flexible platform for forecasting populations over time

CPC research just published in Demography provides a new, flexible platform for forecasting populations.

Posted 18/05/2015 13:36

CPC contributes to International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences

CPC member, Brienna Perelli-Harris has published an article in the International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences.

Posted 14/05/2015 15:00

‘Flexible’ workers for ‘flexible’ jobs?

CPC members, David McCollum and Allan Findlay have published an article in British Sociological Association journal: Work, Employment and Society.

Posted 12/05/2015 11:51

Pil Chung, Tim Riffe, Jeroen Spijker (left to right)

CPC success at this years PAA conference

CPC members Juliet Stone, Ann Berrington, Jeroen Spijker and John MacInnes contributed to winning posters at the Population Association of America 2015 conference in San Diego.

Posted 07/05/2015 11:02

CPC members meet Chinese Ageing Specialists

International delegation visits CPC

CPC, along with the Centre for Research on Ageing and the Care Life Cycle Project were delighted to host a delegation of ageing specialists from China during on Monday 17 April 2015.

Posted 05/05/2015 12:02

CPC contributes Local Government and the Demography of Ageing evidence review to LGA Ageing Task and Finish Group

CPC and CRA members Maria Evandrou, Jane Falkingham, Madelín Gómez León, James Robards and Athina Vlachantoni have prepared an evidence review on Local Government and the Demography of Ageing. This review forms part of the 'Need to Know' series, a joint commission by the Local Government Knowledge Navigator and the Local Government Association (LGA).

Posted 31/03/2015 09:44

CPC researchers launch Healthy Ageing In Scotland (HAGIS) study

CPC members Professor David Bell and Dr Alasdair Rutherford have recently launched the University of Stirling-led Healthy Ageing In Scotland (HAGIS) study, the first in Scotland to follow individuals and households through time.

Posted 14/09/2015 09:16

Population Europe Inter-Faces series – new CPC interviews

Three CPC researchers, Agnese Vitali, Athina Vlachantoni, and Jakub Bijak, have recently been added to the Population Europe webcast series 'Population Europe Inter-Faces'. They are featured answering demographic questions on female breadwinners, work-life balance, and forecasting and projections, respectively.

Posted 07/09/2015 09:43

Demographic evidence in war-crimes trials

CPC member, Dr Jakub Bijak, recently gave a talk as part of the Minnesota Population Center's seminar series, entitled 'Numbers in Court: Demographic Evidence in War-Crimes Trials'.

Posted 04/09/2015 13:02

CPC members publish article in Citizenship Studies journal

CPC members Professor Derek McGhee and Dr Emila Piętka-Nykaza have recently had their article 'Stakeholder citizenship: the complexities of Polish migrants' citizenship attachments in the context of the Scottish independence referendum' published in the journal Citizenship Studies.

Posted 04/09/2015 09:32

CPC modelling strand contributes to new ONS life expectancy tables

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) released the English Life Tables No. 17 (ELT17) on 1 September 2015, using data prepared by the University of Southampton.

Posted 04/09/2015 10:04

Global AgeWatch Index 2015

CPC member Professor Asghar Zaidi's contribution to the 2015 edition of the HelpAge International Global AgeWatch Index, released on 9 September, has placed the work of the University of Southampton's Centre for Research on Ageing (CRA) at the forefront of efforts to raise awareness about the rights and inclusion of older people in the post-2015 UN Sustainable Development Framework.

Posted 09/09/2015 07:57

Special Collection on cohabitation and marriage in Europe and Australia

CPC Member Dr Brienna Perelli-Harris, along with Professor Laura Bernardi, has edited a Special Collection of articles for the journal Demographic Research. Together, the papers present the findings from an ERC funded collaborative project, led by Dr Perelli-Harris, that endeavoured to better understand cohabitation and marriage in Europe and Australia through a series of standardised focus groups across 9 countries.

Posted 07/10/2015 09:00

How do you forecast International migration? CPC Members write report for the Migration Advisory Committee

Migration is a global phenomenon and the UK is an important destination, as well as origin, for many migrants. In recent years, migration has become an important topic in the UK policy debate. Having accurate knowledge of actual and predicted migration flows can be very useful for the planning and implementation of new policy tools and instruments, so what is the best way to forecast international migration?

Posted 13/10/2015 12:57

How does education affect childbearing in Britain?

New work by CPC members investigates the influence of women's education on the timing and number of children they have, and how these relationships have changed over time. The findings show that the average age of entry into motherhood has increased for all groups. However, the change has been most pronounced for those with advanced ('A' level) or Degree qualifications.

Posted 21/10/2015 12:23

Who are the new female breadwinners?

In the UK about one in three women in cohabiting or married couples earned more than 50% of their household income in 2010, according to the Family Resources Survey, up from one in ten in 1980.

Posted 26/10/2015 12:24

New paper published in Population, Space and Place.

'Changing Determinants of Low Fertility and Diffusion: a Spatial Analysis for Italy' looks at Italy as a case study in lowest-low fertility and how its internal heterogeneity is substantial and changing over time; contributing to bringing space back into the analyses of fertility behaviours. The work suggests that the theoretical framework offered by the diffusionist perspective to fertility transition could still be relevant in explaining fertility changes in contemporary advanced societies.

Posted 18/11/2015 16:05

CPC Member writes for Population Europe’s new Blog

Population Europe have launched a new blog 'Population & Policy Bites', with the first post written by CPC Member Jakub Bijak.

Posted 30/11/2015 13:38

Britain in 2016 Magazine

The ESRC has published their annual 'Britain in' magazine, including two articles by CPC Members.

Posted 30/11/2015 16:09

How do younger migrants ‘do’ family?

There are many factors which affect a person's choice to migrate to a different country and many other factors which affect their life after they arrive. The reasons for migrating have been well documented, including more buoyant labour markets and more flexible housing tenures, but what do these benefits lead to in terms of lifestyle? Do migrants take longer to 'settle down' due to their new found freedom living away from their existing family support structures?

Posted 08/01/2016 14:03

Agnese Vitali wins ESRC Future Leaders Grant

Dr Agnese Vitali has won a prestigious ESRC Future Research Leaders grant. Dr Vitali's research will investigate the prevalence of female-breadwinner families (families in which women are the sole or main income provider) in Europe. Despite the increase of female-breadwinner families in developed countries, little is known about who these couples are, how and why they emerge, and what trends in female breadwinning mean for women, men and children.

Posted 18/01/2016 17:08

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.

Posted 23/02/2016 17:54

Take part in our survey: 'Brexit' and EU Movers

EU citizens living in the United Kingdom do not have a right to vote in the referendum on EU membership. Yet the outcome of Britain's renegotiation of its terms of membership and the referendum will affect them most directly.

Posted 17/03/2016 13:17

Divergent citizenship? The debates about social rights for migrants and native citizens in EU member states

14-16 April 2016 - Since the EU's pledge to remove obstacles to migration in 1957 movement of labour within the EU has increased. During the last 60 years this has generally been viewed as beneficial in the social science literature. Migrants have become better off as a result of moving, the countries they have moved to have benefited from increased productivity while their home countries have seen reduced spending on social policies and benefit from money sent from those abroad to relatives still living in the country. However, after years of increased migration from Eastern and most recently Southern Europe, in 2015 governments in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and Austria are discussing plans to restrict EU migrants' welfare entitlements. The Court of Justice of the European Union has recently taken a more restricting approach in recent judgements, confirming to the member states that they can deny EU citizens access to special non-contributory benefits.

Posted 31/05/2016 11:38

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