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  • Furlough makes couples’ relationships stronger

    The UK government’s furlough scheme has allowed many couples the time and flexibility for a better work-life balance, strengthening their relationships, a recent ESRC Centre for Population Change (CPC) study has found.

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    Centre for Population Change wins ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize

    Professor Jane Falkingham and her colleagues from the Centre for Population Change (CPC) have won this year’s ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize for Outstanding Public Policy Impact.

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    Understanding declining teenage pregnancy rates in England

    Declining rates of teenage pregnancies in England are related to local areas experiencing less youth unemployment, growing Black or South Asian teenage populations, more educational attainment, unaffordable housing, and a lack of available social housing, a recent ESRC Centre for Population Change (CPC) study has found.

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    Centre for Population Change shortlisted for ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize

    Professor Jane Falkingham OBE and CPC colleagues have been shortlisted for this year’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Celebrating Impact Prize for Outstanding Public Policy Impact.

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    Unpacking migration: regional diversity and impact on services

    In November, there will be a series of migration webinars hosted by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) in collaboration with Public Policy Southampton and the ESRC Centre for Population Change. Leading experts will discuss the social and economic impacts of migration, and the outlook from migration modelling.

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    Jackline Wahba awarded OBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

    CPC member and University of Southampton Professor, Jackline Wahba, one of the leading voices on the economics of migration, has been awarded an OBE for services to Economic Policy in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for 2020.

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    The social impact of Covid-19

    How has Covid-19 impacted the lives of individuals in the UK? Researchers at the Centre for Population Change have been working to uncover the ongoing impacts that lockdown and the pandemic have had on our lives, and the lives of the most vulnerable in society.

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    Stress for parents and their adult children as lockdown brings them back together under one roof

    Younger adults and older family members often had to live together again during lockdown causing stress levels to rise, according to a new study.

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    Care homes in England saw highest increase in excess deaths from Covid-19

    Care homes in England experienced the highest increase in excess deaths at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic compared with those in the rest of the UK, according to new research.

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    Increased migration to Scotland from the rest of the UK

    In the last 20 years, more people have been moving to Scotland from the rest of the UK, reversing the long-held trend of people leaving Scotland to live elsewhere.

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    The British Society of Population Studies Annual Conference 2020 is taking place 15-16 September 2020.

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    Who's been losing sleep during lockdown?

    The Covid-19 pandemic has caused sleeping difficulties for women with young children, key workers and people of BAME heritage, a new study has found.

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    Is global fertility really plummeting? How population forecasts are made

    CPC members Professor Brienna Perelli-Harris and Dr Jason Hilton were invited this week by The Conversation to comment on a much-publicised study published by The Lancet on global population levels. As a group of demographers prepare to sign a letter to the Lancet about the IMHE study, highlighting concerns that the models, data and underlying assumptions have not received sufficient scrutiny, Professor Perelli-Harris and Dr Hilton explain more:

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    New EU ‘YouthLife’ project to improve research methods

    CPC Fertility and Family strand leader, Professor Ann Berrington, is a research team member on a newly announced three-year European Union Twinning initiative that will support the development of research methods expertise at the University of Tallinn, Estonia. The aim is to strengthen research on youth transitions from a life course perspective.

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    World Population Day – Saturday 11 July

    This Saturday 11 July 2020 marks World Population Day, which seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues.

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    Parents report stronger relationships with their children during lockdown

    The Covid-19 crisis has strengthened parent-child relationships, according to a recent survey.

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    Warning of ‘missed’ vulnerable older people during lockdown

    A recent survey has found that people aged 70 and over have been mostly well-supported during lockdown by family, friends and neighbours. However, there seems to be a small but vulnerable group of older people whose daily living needs are not being met.

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    CPC helps launch weekly COVID-19 saliva sampling test across Southampton

    A team from the University of Southampton, including Professor Jane Falkingham OBE, Director of the ESRC Centre for Population Change (CPC), is taking a leading role in a newly-launched programme to evaluate regular COVID-19 infection testing for whole households.

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    CPC Members contribute to innovative Handbook

    CPC team members Jane Falkingham, Maria Evandrou and Athina Vlachantoni are the editors of a new innovative handbook on demographic change and the Lifecourse, available to purchase online from Edward Elgar Publishing.

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    EAPS launches webinar series in place of European Population Conference

    The European Association for Population Studies (EAPS) has announced a series of EPC 2020 webinars. They aim to showcase materials from the cancelled European Population Conference. The series will connect the population research community at a time when large conferences cannot be organised.

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    More than 5% of Britons have had Covid-19

    Between 5-6% of Britain’s population had been infected with Covid-19 by the last third of April, according to a new study from the University of St Andrews.

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    Covid-19 spells trouble for millions of couples as study finds unemployment damages relationships

    Spells of unemployment can damage romantic relationships in both the short- and long- term, and are particularly disruptive for women, a recent study has found.

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    COVID-19 deaths by ethnic group, the role of co-morbidities

    The ONS has released new analysis showing that people of BAME heritage face a higher risk of dying from COVID-19. Read the release on the ONS website here.

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    Does our household type put us at more risk from the effects of Covid-19?

    Access to outdoor space, overcrowding, precarious finances and insecure employment are all factors which can cause households to be more vulnerable to the effects of Covid-19. New research by CPC members Julia Mikolai, Katherine Keenan and Hill Kulu, at the Population and Health Research Group at University of St Andrews, found that certain types of households were particularly at risk of both short and long-term socio-economic or health problems which could be made worse by the virus.

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    Remote and rural communities could be hit hardest by Covid-19

    This press release is from the University of St Andrews, shared with kind permission of Professor Hill Kulu, CPC co-Director and project PI.

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    Call for Input: EAPS PhD Network

    A network which aims to strengthen research and networking opportunities for PhD scholars across Europe has recently been established and supported by the European Association for Population Studies (EAPS). The organisers aim to tie together current initiatives, and respond to the needs of its members, under one overarching network for Europe. They will do this by:

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    CPC Director responds to Marmot health equity review

    Ten years on from his original report, Professor Sir Michael Marmot has today (25 February 2020) led the launch of the latest update review ‘Health equity in England: The Marmot review 10 years on’.

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    David Bell meets UK government health adviser at Downing Street

    CPC member, Professor David Bell, was last week invited to Downing Street to meet with William Warr, health adviser to Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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    MAC report released on immigration system post-Brexit

    Tuesday 28 January sees the release of the latest Home Office Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) report on ‘A points-based system and salary thresholds for immigration’.

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    Call for abstracts: Third international conference on migration and mobilities

    Registration and abstract submissions are now open for the Third international conference on migration and mobilities (iMigMob), taking place from 8-10 July 2020.

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