Our research seminars take place once every two weeks on Wednesdays between 12:00 and 13:00 (British time) and are a great way for researchers, collaborators, and students to present their work and/or receive feedback on their ongoing work. Seminars are open to anyone interested in discovering current research. The location of the seminars is currently online on Microsoft Teams due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Upcoming Seminars

Please join us for the next PHRG seminar on Wednesday 1st of December at 12:00 PM BST by Prof Jennifer Karas Montez Director of the Policy, Place, and Population Health Lab, Syracuse University, presenting on “State Policy Polarization and Population Health”. Teams link.


Jennifer Karas Montez earned a PhD in Sociology with a Demography specialization from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. Afterwards, she spent two years at the Harvard School of Public Health as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar, and then two years at Case Western Reserve University as an Assistant Professor of Sociology, before joining the Department of Sociology at Syracuse University.

Montez’s research investigates the troubling trends in population health in the United States since the 1980s and the growing influence of state policies and politics on those trends. A major focus of this work has been understanding why the trends are particularly worrisome for women, for people without a college degree, and for those living in states in the South and Midwest. Her research has been funded by the NIH, NSF, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship.

Montez directs the NIA-funded Center for Aging and Policy Studies, co-directs the NIA-funded Network on Life Course Health Dynamics and Disparities, and co-directs the Policy, Place, and Population Health (P3H) Lab at Syracuse University. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Population Association of America and Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science; and serves on the editorial boards of Demography, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and The Milbank Quarterly.


Previous Research Seminars

Wednesday 10th of November 2021: Hannah Haycox presented on Navigating the Labyrinth: How practitioners and Syrian families experience the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme in comparative policy contexts. 
The Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) comprised the UK government’s primary response to persons forcibly displaced by the Syrian civil war. Established in 2014, the VPRS aimed to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees between 2015-2020, with a primary focus on maintaining family ‘units’. The immediate granting of recourse to public funds and a 12-month locally-led programme of support was accompanied by feminised representations that positioned recipients as the inherently ‘deserving’ victims of the Syrian civil war. However, the continual cultivation of Islamophobia in a post-Brexit UK, the replication of explicitly racialised paradigms of ‘integration’ and the exacerbation of existing precarities due to continuing austerity measures position those resettled in a broader system of structural inequalities.   Drawing on forty in-depth interviews with Syrian families and expert practitioners in two comparable locations, this presentation will examine how practitioners and resettled persons articulated, negotiated and reflected upon their experiences of UK resettlement policy. Intersections between local, regional and national policy contexts are examined, tracing how practitioners’ work is continually impacted by central government reforms, with inadvertent consequences. By subsequently exploring Syrian families’ own experiences, the presentation expands upon the consequences produced when multiple policies and structural constraints converge. Given the recent central government commitment to resettling 20,000 refugees displaced from Afghanistan, this presentation provokes a series of implications in relation to  how current socio-economic contexts inflect processes of resettlement.


Wednesday 27th of October 2021: Prof Abhishek Singh presented on Development of India patriarchy index: validation and testing of temporal and spatial patterning.


While existing indices of gender equality measure the role of women’s status and position, they inadequately contextualize the broader construct of patriarchy, a social system that underlies many gender inequitable practices. An index capturing patriarchy may afford increased understanding of this social system, and may serve to complement other gender equality indices. This paper involves the development and testing of a novel composite measure, the India Patriarchy Index, to quantify the social and ideological construct of patriarchy using empirical data on family structure and gender roles. Using data from India’s National Family Health Survey, we develop an India Patriarchy Index to measure gendered social positioning in families based on sex by age, patrilocality, sex ratio imbalance among offspring, and gendered economic roles. Psychometric testing demonstrates good internal reliability and construct validity of this index, with validity indicated by its association with three gender equality indices used in India. Spatial and temporal analyses further indicate much state-level variation in India Patriarchy Index scores as well as slow change on this indicator over time, based on time trend analyses from 1992-93 to 2015-16. Results demonstrate the utility of the India Patriarchy Index to measure and track gender equality progress in India.

Wednesday 13th of October 2021: Dr David McCollum and Dr Hebe Nicholson presented their ongoing project on Exploring environmental awareness within international student migration. 

Wednesday 29 September 2021: Dr Sophie Cranston (Loughborough) and Prof Sergei Shubin (Swansea) present (Hi)Stories of Population Geography 

Abstract: The Archiving Population Geography project is an initiative of the RGS-IBG Population Geography Research Group (PopGRG) ( to document and disseminate the group’s history and, in that light, consider future research priorities. The project uses archival and interview methods to investigate the stories of the research group. In this presentation we 1) explore the role of research groups in shaping (sub)disciplines 2) examine questions of where next for population geography. The research forms part of the PopGRG 50th Anniversary Festival; as the oldest of the RGS-IBG Research Groups, the reflections on PopGRG provide a window to broader disciplinary shifts over the past 50 years.

22 June 2021: Dr Francesca Fiori, from University of St Andrews, discussed her paper titled “Social disparities in housing and residential mobility: the experience of a cohort of children born in Scotland”.

15 June 2021: Dr Nik Lomax, from the University of Leeds, gave a talk titled “Micromodels for estimating population change, health and socio-economic outcomes”.

1 June 2021: Dr Jenjira Yahirun, from Bowling Green State University, gave a talk titled “Gender, Family Separation, and the Mental Health of Recent Mexican Migrants to the United States”.

18 May 2021: Dr Alison Gemmill, from Johns Hopkins University, gave a talk titled “ Demographic drivers of the post-recessionary fertility decline and the future of U.S. fertility”.

4 May 2021: Dr Eva Beaujouan, from the University of Vienna, gave a talk titled “Late fertility across the high-income countries”.

20 April 2021: Dr Michael Thomas, from Statistics Norway, gave a talk titled “Interrelationships between fertility, internal migration and proximity to non-resident family: A multilevel multiprocess analysis”.

6 April 2021: Dr Laura Sochas, from the University of Oxford, gave a take titled “Challenging categorical thinking: A mixed-method approach to explaining health inequalities”.

23 March 2021: Dr Kitty Lymperopoulou, from the Manchester Metropolitan University, gave a take titled “Immigration, diversity and trust: the competing and intersecting role of English language ability in the community”.

9 March 2021: Dr Adriana Duta, from the University of Edinburgh, gave a talk titled “Social inequalities in educational and occupational outcomes in Scotland: evidence using sibling data”.

2 March 2021: Dr Julia Mikolai, from the University of St Andrews, presented her paper “The intersection of partnership and fertility histories among immigrants and their descendants in the United Kingdom: A multistate approach”.

23 February 2021: Dr Pablo Gracia, from Trinity College Dublin, gave a talk titled “Parental Separation, Parent-Child Time, and Children’s Daily Activities in Australia: A Longitudinal Study”.

9 February 2021: Dr Martin Kolk, from SUDA at Stockholm University, gave a talk titled “The shadow of peasant past: Seven generations of inequality persistence in Northern Sweden”.

26 January 2021: Dr Thomas Leopold, from the University of Cologne, gave a talk titled “A New Look at the Separation Surge in Europe: Contrasting Adult and Child Perspectives”.

12 January 2021: Dr Paulina Trevena, University of Glasgow, gave a talk titled “Residential precarities and the spatial mobilities of Poles in Scotland” (co-authored with David McCollum).

15 December 2020: Dr Genevieve Cezard, University of St Andrews, talked about her ongoing research: “Analysing multimorbidity longitudinally”.

8 December 2020: Dr Diego Alburez-Gutierrez, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, gave a talk titled “The ‘Sandwich Generation’ Revisited: Global Demographic Drivers of the Demand of Care-Time”.

1 December 2020: Dr Antonis Vradis, University of St Andrews, introduced himself and his research to us.

24 November 2020: Dr Stephen Jivraj, UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care, gave a talk titled “England’s unfair expansion of morbidity”.

17 November 2020: Dr Chia Liu, University of St Andrews, shared some tips and tricks in R.

10 November 2020: Dr Lidia Panico, from INED, France, gave a talk titled “Comparative research using birth cohort data: new evidence on socio-economic inequalities in child health and development”.

3 November 2020: Dr Nissa Finney, University of St Andrews, gave a talk titled “Designing a survey to investigate ethnic inequalities in the impact of Covid-19”.

27 October 2020: Dr Adam Dennett, UCL, gave a talk titled “Unpacking the Nuances of London’s Neighbourhood Change & Gentrification Trajectories”.

13 October 2020: Dr Man-Yee Kan, University of Oxford, gave a talk titled “’Is there a ‘second shift’ for women? Trends in paid work and unpaid domestic work time in East Asian and Western societies between 1980s and 2010s”.

29 September 2020: Dr Kathryn Grace, Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota, gave a talk titled “Heat, hunger, and resilience: Climate change and children’s health”.

1 September 2020: Dr Nissa Finney, University of St Andrews, gave a talk titled “Race, place, poverty: patterns and processes of stubborn inequalities in the UK”.

16 June 2020: Dr Philipp Lersch, Humboldt University of Berlin and German Institute for Economic Research, shared his research with us: ‘ Assortative mating and wealth inequalities between and within households: Evidence from Germany and the United States’.

2 June 2020: Dr Bruno Arpino, the University of Florence, shared his research with us: ‘Physically distant but socially close? Older people’s intergenerational relationships and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic’.

26 May 2020: Dr Isaure Delaporte, University of St Andrews, shared her research with us, on ‘The Family Dynamics of Immigrants and their Descendants in France: Evidence using Multichannel Sequence Analysis’.

19 May 2020: Nick Campisi discussed his second PhD chapter titled “Spatial insights to Nordic fertility decline and uncertainty”.

12 May 2020: Dr Katya Ivanova, University of Tilburg, Netherlands, will share her research about family life and wellbeing with us.

5 May 2020: Dr Anna Baranowska-Rataj, Umeå University, Sweden, shared her research with us.

7 April 2020: Ilya Kashnitsky, the University of Southern Denmark, shared some of his rapid COVID-19 related research with us via Zoom, titled “COVID-19 in ageing populations: a demographic reflection”.

17 March 2020: Shubhankar Sharma, Max Planck Research School, shared his research online with us on “Cognitive health during various marital phases of life: Evidence based on the Health and Retirement Study, 1998-2014”.

3 March 2020: Dr Genevieve Cezard & Dr Chia Liu, University of St Andrews, gave a seminar on their ongoing works.

25 February 2020: Prof Juho Härkönen, European University Institute, gave a seminar on his work “Age at parental separation and children’s school outcomes in Sweden: A sibling difference analysis”.

18 February 2020: Dr Katy Keenan, University of St Andrews, shared her preliminary findings from the ongoing HATUA project with us.

28 January 2020: Dr Nissa Finney, University of St Andrews, shared her ongoing research with us.

21 January 2020: Dr Francesca Fiori, University of Edinburgh, gave a seminar on his ongoing work “Maternal employment and the wellbeing of children living with lone mothers”.

7 January 2020: Peter Dorey presented his Master’s thesis, which he is planning to turn into a publishable paper, with the working title “Applications of Spatial Econometric Methodology to Fertility in the UK”.

10 December 2019: Dr Roxanne Connelly, University of York, gave a seminar on her ongoing work “Social Class Inequalities in GCSE Attainment: A comparison of occupation-based and capital, assets and resources-based measures of social class”.

3 December 2019: Francesco Rampazzo, University of Southampton, gave a seminar on his work “Following a Trail of Breadcrumbs: Using Digital Traces to Improve Migration.”

26 November 2019: Peter Dorey presented part of his PhD research on “Applications of Spatial Econometric Methodology to Fertility in the UK.”

22 November 2019: Dr Keith Halfacree, Swansea University, gave a seminar on “Sheep who Shape ‘Something More than a Human Estate’: Establishing a Neglected Rural Geography.”

19 November 2019: Dr Bram Vanhoutte, University of Liverpool, gave a seminar on “How housing careers influence the timing of ageing.”

12 November 2019: Nicholas Campisi presented his ongoing PhD work on “Geographic perspective to recent European fertility declines.”

5 November 2019: Dr Dominique Green presented part of her PhD research on “Reconsidering disadvantage in the United States: an application of social exclusion to ‘big’ American data.”

29 October 2019: Dr Esther Roughsedge, National Records of Scotland, gave a seminar on “How is Scotland’s population changing, and what are the implications?”

22 October 2019: Dr Paula Duffy presented her ongoing work at St Andrews, “Global Challenges: The Social Science of Contemporary Global Change”.

15 October 2019: Agata Troost, PhD student at TU Delft, “Dealing with challenges in studies of neighborhood effects: selection bias, regional differences and neighborhood histories.”

1 October 2019: Dr David Stevenson, Business Development at University of St Andrews, shared opportunities from UK and International funders.

25 June 2019: Prof Samir KC, Asian Demographic Research Institute, Shanghai University, “Sub-national population dynamics model application in the annual health care target settings at municipality and ward levels of Nepal.”

28 May 2019: Dr Marc Di Tommasi, University of Edinburgh, “Before Windrush: Mapping migrants in an age of controversies.”

14 May 2019: Dr Anna Matysiak, Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital, “Men’s involvement in the family and fertility: what about men’s opportunity costs?”

30 April 2019: Dr Alistair Hunter, University of Glasgow, “The Penultimate Voyage: Salmon bias in older North African and West African migrants in France.”

2 April 2019: Dr Kieron Barclay, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, “The Influence of Health in Early Adulthood on Male Fertility.”

12 March 2019: Dr Anna Pearce, University of Glasgow, “Combining the powers of cohorts and administrative data to tackle child health inequalities.”

12 February 2019: Prof Darren Smith, Loughborough University, “Super-studentification: New geographies of segregation?”

29 January 2019: Dr Sebastian Klusener, Germany Federal Institute for Population Research, Max Planck Institute for Demography Research, “Profiling Emigration from Lithuania to the United Kingdom, Norway, and Germany: A Census-linked Study”

11 December 2018: Professor Chris Dibben, University of Edinburgh, “Badges, promises and camping: Youth movements, social mobility and health inequalities”

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27 November 2018: Dr Gina Martin, School of Medicine, University of St Andrews, “Contextual influences on adolescent alcohol use in Scotland”

30 October 2018: Dr Alyson van Ralte, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, “The case for measuring lifespan inequality”

16 October 2018: Dr Toman Barsbai, School of Economics, University of St Andrews, “Information and Immigrant Integration.”

2 October 2018: Dr Iñaki Permanyer, Centre d’Estudis Demogràfics (CED), Barcelona, “Uncovering subnational variation in human development across the globe.”

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4 July 2018: Dr Alicia Adsera, Associate Professor, Princeton University, “The Impact of Transition in Eastern Europe on Height and Well-Being”

29 May 2018: Dr Sergei Shubin, Swansea University, “Evaluating Mobile cultures in the process of cross-European migration”

14 May 2018: Dr Christian Dudel, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, “Male fertility in high-income countries: Data, methods, and trends”

17 April 2018: Dr Alice Goisis, London School of Economics and Political Science, “Medically assisted reproduction and adverse birth outcomes: have the risks been overestimated?”


3 April 2018: Dr Heleen Janssen, Delft University of Technology, “Neighbourhood ethnic minority concentration and the intention to vote for the radical right in the Netherlands: A multiscalar approach”

27 March 2018: Dr Juliet Stone, University of Southampton, “Housing and the transition to higher order births in the UK”


13 March 2018: Dr Agnese Vitali, University of Southampton, “Female breadwinner couples in Europe”

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19 February 2018: Dr Tom Kleinepier, Delft University of Technology, “Childhood neighbourhood histories and their effects on adolescent outcomes”


13 February 2018: Dr Daniela Sime, University of Strathclyde, “Citizenship, identity and belonging among young Eastern European migrants in Brexit Britain”

12 December 2017: Ana PetrovicDelft University of Technology, “Multi-scale measures of population. Within and between city variation in exposure to the socio-spatial context”

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5 December 2017: Dr Alison Koslowski, University of Edinburgh, “Universal Basic Income, Parenting Leave and Gender Equality”


28 Novembe2017: Dr Pia Wohland-Jakhar, Hull-York Medical School, “Mortality in the UK: Ethnicity, nativity and the future”

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14 November 2017: Dr David Manley, University of Bristol, “An empirical investigation of social and biological mechanisms for neighbourhood effects: A cul-de-sac or through road?


31 October 2017: Dr Catharine Cross, School of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of St Andrews, “If all your friends jumped off a bridge…” Sex differences in risky behaviour and response to social influence: evidence from meta-analyses and experiments.”

17 October 2017: Dr Thijs van den Broek, London School of Economics and Political Science, “Supporting ageing parents and changes in quality of life in Sweden and Denmark”

3 October 2017: Dr Joanna Inchley, School of Medicine, University of St Andrews, “Growing up unequal: International perspectives on adolescent health and wellbeing”

Previous Brown Bag Seminars

24 September 2019: Dr Jo Mhairi Hale shared her ongoing research on the health effects of postponing retirement before academic submission.

18 April 2019: Dr Albert Sabater discussed his ongoing work on generational geographies, housing inequalities, and migration in the UK context

4 April 2019: Nicholas Campisi discussed his ongoing PhD research on spatial variations in European fertility focusing on Nordic fertility declines

21 March 2019: Prof Hill Kulu discussed his ongoing research and outreach activity with the Scottish Government

14 March 2019: Dr Julia Mikolai hosted a discussion on early-career grant ideas

7 March 2019: Lewis Dowle presented on “Migration, Mobility and Borders: Exploring the Swedish/Danish Border during the European Migration Crisis”

21 February 2019: Dr Genevieve Cezard explained her end-of PhD plans pathways.

24 January 2019: Dr Julia Mikolai hosted an EndNote workshop.

13 December 2018: Kai Hu presented his data and approaches to linking and extrapolating data.

1 November 2018: Dr Nissa Finney discussed ideas she is developing for a grant application on a project considering how residential lifecourses can be made more equal.

18 October 2018: Prof Elspeth Graham discussed the mixed-methods workshop in the social sciences she is developing.

27 September 2018: Prof Hill Kulu presented preliminary results of his joint project with Julia Mikolai and Sebastian Franke on Partnership Status and Health: Selection or Protection?

6 September 2018: Nicholas Campisi presented his work on ‘Approaches to Subnational European Fertility’ and got feedback on this presentation to be delivered at the BSPS conference.

14 June 2018: Dr Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs discussed her research project on ‘Is bigger better? Comparing expectations and experiences of house size in the UK and Australia.’ and sought suggestions on literature and data concerning changes in domestic space per person over time.

24 May 2018: Research group members discussed Dr Genevieve Cezard’s findings on “Ethnic differences in subjective health and mortality in Scotland – The morbidity-mortality paradox”.

17 May 2018: Dr Albert Sabater shared findings from the working paper “Does Living Close to Kin Encourage Second Births? Evidence from Southern Europe”, accepted for presentation in the session Family Networks and Intergenerational Transmission Processes at the European Population Conference (EPC), 6-9 June, Brussels.

10 May 2018: Dr Jed Long presented “Jed Wants To GPS Track You: Testing Behaviour of Self-Employed and Home Workers and the WorkAndHome project”.

3 May 2018: Kai Hu presented a part of his PhD project which is titled “Understanding health inequality in China: the complex relationship between environmental pollution and socioeconomic status”.

5 April 2018: Dr Julia Mikolai and Prof Hill Kulu received feedback on their presentation “It’s about time: The interrelationship between partnership transitions, residential mobility and housing tenure”.

22 March 2018: Dr Genevieve Cezard received feedback on her PhD results chapter “Ethnic inequalities in self-assessed health in Scotland”.

8 March 2018: Research group members discussed ongoing research on “Homeownership after separation in Britain (and in Continental Europe?)” by Hill Kulu and Julia Mikolai.

15 February 2018: Dr Julia Mikolai received feedback on her research proposal.

18 January 2018: Dr David McCollum received feedback on his draft paper from members of the research group.

6 December 2017: PhD workshop on Editors’ view of the publishing process presented by Prof Allan Findlay (former Editor of Population, Space and Place) and Prof Hill Kulu (former Editor of European Journal of Population). The workshop was organised by Julia Mikolai.

23 November 2017: Dr Katherine Keenan presented her ongoing research titled “Working during retirement in Russia and subjective well-being”.

16 November 2017: Our invited guest speaker, Jacques-Antoine Gauthier, talked about sequence analysis and multi-channel sequence analysis in his talk titled: “Uncovering patterns of social trajectories using sequence analysis”.

9 November 2017: Dr Genevieve Cezard discussed her experience of accessing two data sources: The Scottish Health and Ethnicity Linkage Study (SHELS) and the Scottish Longitudinal Study (SLS).

2 November 2017: Dr Julia Mikolai discussed her draft proposal.

19 October 2017: PhD workshop on How to respond to reviewers’ comments by Katherine Keenan and Julia Mikolai.

5 October 2017: Prof Hill Kulu presented preliminary results of a joint study with Marika Jalovaara (University of Turku) on Separation and Homeownership in Finland using register data.