CPC Newsletter Spring 2011

Welcome to the Spring 2011 CPC Newsletter

The ESRC Centre for Population Change carries out research into the key drivers and implications of population change. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and based jointly at the University of Southampton and the General Register Office Scotland, the Centre brings together expertise from the Universities of Southampton, St. Andrews, Dundee, Edinburgh, Strathclyde and Stirling as well as the General Register Office for Scotland and the Office for National Statistics.

New working papers

CPC has produced 3 new working papers since our last newsletter in the autumn;

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?'

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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'.

CPC sponsors Popfest

CPC is pleased to once again sponsor the annual Population Studies conference for postgraduate students, PopFest.

CPC Supports Young Statisticians

CPC are pleased to sponsor The Young Statisticians' Meeting 2011, an annual conference organised by career young statisticians. The event is specifically tailored to the needs of statisticians and researchers in the first ten years of relevant career. It is an excellent opportunity to network amongst peers, present research in a friendly atmosphere and discover a variety of other statistical topics currently being researched. YSM 2011 is being held at the University of Southampton, on the 12th-14th April 2011.

More Information

Further information on the Centre for Population Change can be found on our website - www.cpc.ac.uk or by emailing us at cpc@soton.ac.uk