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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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    Call for applications: Short course on Agent-based modelling for social research, 6-10 July 2020

    The ERC Bayesian Agent-based Population Studies project team, based at the University of Southampton and the University of Rostock, in collaboration with the ESRC Centre for Population Change and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, are delighted to announce a call for applications for a short training course "Agent-based modelling for social research", to be held at the University of Southampton, on 6–10 July 2020.

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    The Generation Game – Is it fair?

    How can we tackle the increasing 'unfairness' opening up between generations in the UK? We challenged a group of year 10 students from The Henry Cort Community College, Fareham, to play our ‘Generation Game’ and find out. The event, which took place on Friday 8 November, was part of this year’s ESRC Festival of Social Science, an annual week-long celebration promoting UK social science research to new audiences.

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    Video now available: 'SociaLab' with Peter Davis

    Peter Davis gave a CPC seminar on Friday 04 October 2019 on 'SociaLab: A census-based simulation tool for public policy inquiry'.

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    CPC at BSPS 2019

    The British Society of Population Studies Annual Conference 2019 is taking place at Cardiff University 09-11 September 2019. CPC members will be out in force to represent the excellent population research undertaken over the last year. From PhD students to Directors, CPC members at all career points will be enjoying presenting and sharing knowledge with other attendees to the conference. It is an excellent opportunity to network and collaborate with others, and an important occasion for our researchers.

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    ESRC funding to understand recent fertility trends in the UK

    CPC Co-Director Professor Hill Kulu with a team of CPC researchers including Professor Ann Berrington, Professor Jakub Bijak, Dr Erengul Dodd and Professor Jane Falkingham, have been awarded new ESRC funding to investigate the causes of recent fertility fluctuations in the UK and forecast future trends.

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    Peter W. F. Smith elected as Fellow of the British Academy

    CPC member, Professor Peter W. F. Smith, has been appointed as a Fellow of the British Academy. Peter is Professor of Social Statistics at the University of Southampton, and jointly co-ordinates the modelling strand of CPC.

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    Promotions success for Brienna Perelli-Harris

    CPC member, Brienna Perelli-Harris, has been promoted to the role of Professor of Demography at the University of Southampton.

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    CPC Director 'in conversation' with former Prime Minister of New Zealand

    On 25 July, Rt Hon. Helen Clark ONZ, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, discussed ‘Women in Leadership’ with CPC Director, Professor Jane Falkingham, as part of the University of Southampton’s Distinguished Lecture series.

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    World Population Day: Reproductive rights & gender equality

    Thursday 11 July 2019 is World Population Day. This year’s theme is reproductive rights and gender equality, to mark 25 years since the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, where 179 governments recognised that reproductive health and gender equality are essential for achieving sustainable development.

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    China's Population Aging and Sustainable Economic Growth

    Last week the University of Southampton welcomed visiting guest, Professor Chenganng Yang from the Southwestern University of Finance & Economics (SWUFE). Professor Yang is the Director of the Population Research Institute at SWUFE and Vice President of China Population Association, and spoke to University staff and students on the topic of ‘Population Ageing and Sustainable Economic Growth in China’.

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    CPC at Understanding Society Scientific Conference 2019

    CPC members will be attending the Understanding Society Scientific Conference between 2-4 July. Along with a CPC exhibition stand, members will be presenting their latest projects using data from Understanding Society and the British Household Panel Survey. Professor Hill Kulu, CPC’s newly appointed Co-Director, is one of this year’s keynote speakers.

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    Policy Briefing: The Kenyan Older Persons Cash Transfer Programme: Understanding the impact and experiences Kenya

    Researchers from the Centre for Research on Ageing and CPC have been working with colleagues at African Population Health Research Centre (APHRC) Kenya on the ESRC-DFID funded project examining the “Impacts of social pensions on multiple dimensions of poverty, subjective wellbeing and solidarity across generations”. The interdisciplinary project team led by Dr Gloria Chepngeno-Langat, includes CPC Directors Prof Maria Evandrou, Prof Jane Falkingham, and Research Fellow Dr Nele van der Wielen as well as Dr Isabella Aboderin, who leads the Ageing Programme at APHRC.

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    CPC members meet with Department for Work & Pensions

    Members of the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology were well represented at a meeting with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) at the University of Southampton on 22 May. The meeting, arranged by Public Policy|Southampton, saw 17 policymakers from the DWP attend to hear how researchers from across the Social Sciences at the University contribute to the DWP’s Areas of Research Interest.

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    Research dissemination workshop at AgeUK in London

    On 24 April, Professor Maria Evandrou, CPC Co-Director, chaired a research dissemination workshop at the charity AgeUK in London for the ESRC project on ‘Informal carers in mid-life’. The project was funded under the Secondary Data Analysis Initiative and led by Professor Athina Vlachantoni with Dr Ning Wang, Dr Zhixin Frank Feng and Professor Jane Falkingham. Journal articles are being prepared to be submitted.

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    Video now available: 'Fertility under fundamental uncertainty' with Daniele Vignoli

    Daniele Vignoli gave a CPC seminar on 16 May 2019 on his study exploring macro- and micro-level evidence on the relation between economic uncertainty and fertility.

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    Households where the woman is the sole earner are significantly poorer

    The term ‘female breadwinner’ conjures images of power-dressing corporate businesswomen who are bucking traditional gender norms to ‘have it all’. However, high-earning women make up only a small proportion of female breadwinners, the majority of which tend to work less hours than their male counterparts do, and are less likely to be in managerial positions.

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    CPC Showcase: Ann Berrington and Brienna Perelli-Harris, PAA session organisers

    PAA is a large gathering of international researchers – and a large gathering means a lot of organisation is required! Two CPC staff members, Ann Berrington and Brienna Perelli-Harris have been working hard to ensure that PAA 2019 is a success. The call for submissions covered 11 topics representing a diverse range of research. This resulted in the 151 session organisers reviewing almost 4,000 submissions (that’s 150 submissions per organiser!). View the online programme.

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    PAA Showcase: Nicholas Campisi

    Nicholas Campisi is a St. Andrews-Max Planck funded PhD student researching spatial variation in urban-rural fertility patterns across Europe. He is supervised by Hill Kulu and Julia Mikolai at the University of St Andrews, Mikko Myrskylä, and Sebastian Klüsener at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research.

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    Ann Berrington appointed to ESRC Strategic Advisory Network

    Congratulations to CPC member Ann Berrington who has been appointed to the ESRC Strategic Advisory Network (SAN).

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    Video now available: 'Immigration and its effect on the local area' with Corrado Giulietti

    Corrado Giulietti gave the CPC seminar on 4 April 2019 on his study exploring the impact of local-level immigration on the location choices of UK-born residents.

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    CPC at the Population Association of America Annual Meeting

    CPC members will be heading to Austin, Texas, for the Population Association of America (PAA) 2019 Annual Meeting between 10-13 April. The meeting brings together demographers, social and health scientists from the United States and abroad. Since PAA’s first conference in 1930, much important research has been presented and discussed on topics ranging from migration to sexual reproductive health to race and gender issues.

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    Video now available: 'Online footprints of family change: A study based on Twitter' with Nicolò Cavalli

    Nicolò Cavalli visited CPC on on 21 March 2019 to give a seminar on his study using Twitter data to study family change. This approach provides an innovative way to map the cultural footprints that underlie family change, updating the Goffmanian research project concerned with the presentation of self in everyday life to the “Internet era”.

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    CPC at Science & Engineering Day

    The Southampton Science & Engineering Festival (SOTSEF) - including Science & Engineering Day - is back for 2019 with more exciting hands-on activities, shows, demonstrations, talks and tours!

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    BSPS Conference 2019: Call for papers

    The British Society for Population Studies (BSPS) is now accepting papers for its 2019 conference, with a deadline of 29 April 2019.

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    CPC celebrates 10 years

    In 2019, the ESRC Centre for Population Change (CPC) celebrates its 10th anniversary year. Since 2009, CPC researchers have been busy investigating society’s most critical questions about population change. Here, we take a look back at some of the highlights and achievements of the last 10 years.

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    How to live to 100 and tell people about it!

    CPC is set to showcase its highly successful ‘How to get to 100’ exhibition on the international stage, as today marks the start of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in Washington DC.

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    International students in Scotland, Brexit and beyond

    CPC member David McCollum has published a blog post on the The UK in a Changing Europe analysis website. His post, ‘International students in Scotland, Brexit and beyond’ considers Scotland’s position in attracting and continuing to attract international students in the face of stiff competition, and the current climate of immigration policy, rhetoric and Brexit. It presents findings from a recent roundtable meeting, attended by representatives from key stakeholder organisations, which took place in Edinburgh at the end of 2018.

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    Gerontology and Ageing Distance Learning Courses at the University of Southampton led by CPC member

    CPC member Maria Evandrou is leading a Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship programme for MSc Gerontology/ Global Ageing at the University of Southampton in 2019-20.

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    Video now available: 'Sustainability of public pension systems' with Jonas Radl

    CPC welcomed Dr Jonas Radl on 17 January 2019, who gave a seminar on the effects of the perceived sustainability of public pension systems on social policy preferences, with evidence from a survey experiment in Germany, Spain and the United States.

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    Jackie Wahba reappointed to Migration Advisory Committee

    CPC member, Professor Jackie Wahba, has been reappointed to the UK Home Office sponsored Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) for a further two years until November 2020.

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    The age divide: CPC in ESRC Society Now magazine

    A feature article on Albert Sabater, Elspeth Graham and Nissa Finney's research has been published in the winter 2018 issue of ESRC Society Now magazine.

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    Video now available: 'Why do older people fall in love' with Anna Rotkirch

    CPC welcomed Dr Anna Rotkirch on 23 November 2018, who gave a seminar on why older people fall in love.

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    Can social media help us investigate migration?

    CPC PhD student Francesco Rampazzo is using social media data to provide a clearer picture of the numbers of migrants in the UK. International migration to the UK has become a hot topic both in research and in the media, but there are still huge limitations on the availability of timely data for measuring migration. Detailed data on migrants’ characteristics are also much needed for producing accurate statistics and informing policy. Facebook is a nonrepresentative source of data for the whole population of a country, but it is a digital source updated in real time, with numerous possibilities to filter information.

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    Predicting births and deaths

    Forecasts of mortality provide vital information about our future population of elderly citizens, with implications for pension and health-care policy as well as for decisions made by private companies about life insurance and pensions. Fertility is a dynamic social process that is influenced by a range of economic and cultural factors. This complicates the process of forecasting future numbers of births, as the direction and magnitude of changes in fertility rates are consequently much less predictable than they are for death rates.

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    Relations between the young and old

    Extending the work of CPC’s ‘Exchange between the generations’ strand, Professor Jane Falkingham has recently been appointed as Special Advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on Intergenerational Fairness & Provision.

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    The Brexit effect

    Researchers Maria Evandrou, Jane Falkingham, Athina Vlachantoni and Zhixin Frank Feng have been exploring partnerships between individuals of different nationality in the UK against the background of an impending Brexit. The study, which uses data from the UK Census and Understanding Society, is also examining the association between the type of partnership and the preferences of respondents on whether the UK should remain in, or leave the European Union.

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