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, 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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Populations can grow in two ways - either through a surplus of births over deaths or because there is net immigration. Most demographic analysis focuses on one or other of these two dimensions, fertility or migration. However, it is possible to assess the combined impact of the two processes on the size of a population. New research from the ESRC Centre for Population Change does exactly that and assesses the extent to which migration alters intergenerational replacement within the United Kingdom.
Posted 22/09/2011 11:56
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
Demopaedia, the Wiki-Based Multilingual Demographic Dictionary, is now available online in 14 language modules at www.demopaedia.org.
Posted 08/07/2010 11:52
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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