2 - 3 July 2012 - The University of St Andrews hosted a conference held under the joint auspices of the Centre for Population Change (CPC) and the Population Geography Research Group (PGRG) of the RGS-IBG. The conference attracted an international audience of 50 delegates for discussions around the theme of 'Innovative perspectives on population mobility: Mobility, immobility and well-being'.
On Monday 2nd, participants presented a series of papers in parallel sessions structured around the twin themes of 'migration and well-being' and 'migration and labour markets'. Each session began with a CPC affiliated researcher presenting a paper, which was then evaluated and critiqued by an expert rapporteur. Academics from outside of CPC then presented papers, with each session containing plenty of time for questions and debate. Many of the sessions saw a lively discussion between presenters and the audience. The day concluded with a stimulating plenary lecture given by Professor Mark Ellis (University of Washington), who spoke about the impact of the global economic downturn on the geography of immigrant poverty in the United States. The conference concluded on the morning of the 3rd with a series of short sessions.
CPC's Prof. Allan Findlay who was key to organising the event said 'We are very pleased that the event attracted such a large audience and were very impressed by the quality of the papers given. The event was particularly valuable for exchanging CPC research with the wider network of academics working on population mobility and stimulating new avenues for collaborative research'.
The conference programme and some of the CPC papers presented can be found here;
Conference programme with abstracts
Long term care and the housing market. David Bell and Alasdair Rutherford.
The complex processes of post-student migration and returning to the parental home. Jo Sage, Jane Falkingham and Maria Evandrou.
The well-being of internal migrants; A longitudinal analysis of satisfaction with housing and other life domains. Allan Findlay and Beata Nowok.
Social network analysis: An analytic technique for understanding population mobility and migration. Scott Tindal.
Family matters: migration and childbearing decisions of 'new' Poles in the UK. Paulina Trevena and Derek McGhee.
Welfare magnet hypothesis, fiscal burden and immigration skill selectivity. Jackline Wahba and Assaf Razin