CPC Newsletter Spring 2010

Welcome to the Spring 2010 CPC Newsletter

The ESRC Centre for Population Change was established in January 2009. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, it is the UKs first research centre on population change. Based jointly at the University of Southampton and the General Register Office Scotland, the ESRC Centre for Population Change brings together expertise from the Universities of Southampton, St. Andrews, Edinburgh, Strathclyde, Stirling and Dundee as well as the General Register Office for Scotland and The Office for National Statistics.

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.

A level Students learn about leaving home

On 12th March 2010, the ESRC Centre for Population Change hosted an event for 'A'level sociology students from Taunton's college as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science. More than 60 students took part in the interactive workshop, entitled 'Leaving home in the 21st Century'. During the day, the students learned about current and historical trends in the living arrangements of young people, with an opportunity to discuss their own housing needs and aspirations with expert speakers. Activities included preparing a weekly budget for young people in different social and financial circumstances, brainstorming on the meaning of 'adulthood', and mapping out possible trajectories of home, work and family on leaving the parental home. The day was felt to be a great success as a learning experience for both the participants and the organisers.

CPC @ 'The Changing Face of Scotland' event

Four academics from The Centre for Population Change took part in an event to explore demographic change and patterns of migration within Scotland on the 18th March 2010. Allan Findlay, Elspeth Graham, Chris Wilson and Robert Wright contributed the latest evidence to the debate on demographic change in Scotland and it's likely impact on service provision.

Ann Berrington, Juliet Stone and Jane Falkingham

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.

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.

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