CPC Newsletter Autumn 2011
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 National Records of Scotland, the Centre brings together expertise from the Universities of Southampton, St. Andrews, Dundee, Edinburgh, Strathclyde and Stirling as well as the National Records of Scotland and the Office for National Statistics.
CPC has 4 new papers in its working paper series;
The latest version of the quarterly journal Population Trends published by the Office for National Statistics was published in September. This very special issue was the last ever of the journal with future material from the Office for National Statistics to be published on the new website www.ons.gov.uk.
June 2011 saw the launch of the new CPC Briefing Paper Series. The briefing papers give a concise, non technical description of research carried out in the Centre. Click on the links below to view the briefings;
On the 31st October the UN predicted that World population would reach 7 billion. To mark this, as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, in collaboration with the Centre for Global Health, Population and Policy, the University of Southampton and the University of Aberdeen, CPC undertook a number of activities;
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Data on people's movements are often inconsistent and inaccurate because of difficulties in collecting accurate migrant information and different concepts of migrants. So, without these data, how does one understand the causes and consequences of international movements in Europe?
The 19th PopFest was held on 27th to 29th June, for the first time in it's history outside of the UK at the Population Research Centre of the University of Groningen (RUG), the Netherlands.
The ESRC Centre for Population Change is multi-disciplinary with over 40 academics and associates drawn from the discipline areas of Anthropology, Demography, Economics, Geography, Gerontology, Sociology, Social Policy and Social Statistics. The Centre is directed by Professor Jane Falkingham (Demography) with co-directors Professor Maria Evandrou (Gerontology) and Dr Elspeth Graham (Geography).