Annual Conference

The British Society for Population Studies holds an annual conference in a different venue each September. Programmes, abstracts, and reports of previous conferences can be accessed from the archive link at the bottom of the page.  

BSPS Annual Conference 2018  

Monday 10 – Wednesday 12 September, University of Winchester 


In 2018, BSPS welcomes the participation in the Conference of The Netherland Demographic Society (NVD). There will be at least two sessions organized by NVD members, and Dutch and UK comparative papers will be particularly welcome across all strands.  

All Conference sessions will be on site, where Conference catering & high-standard accommodation will also be available. Booking forms will be available from May, together with a provisional timetable. The plenary theme of the Conference will be Demography, inequality & social policy.  

There will be a full programme of simultaneous strand sessions of submitted papers: proposals and abstracts for papers & posters are invited across the entire demographic & population studies spectrum. (Submissions should have a demographic or population studies focus.) Whilst submissions for oral presentation should include some results, it is appreciated that these may be preliminary at the time of submission.

For organizational purposes, strand organisers have been allocated to specific themes. Individual sessions have also been suggested, some of which fit naturally under an existing strand heading & some of which are stand-alone. In most cases, these will be organized by the person named, in conjunction with the most appropriate strand organizer. Viability of strands & sessions will depend on number of submissions received. 

Information updates on the Conference will be posted on this site as available.

Submissions should be made online by midnight on Wednesday 25 April 2018.

A short abstract of up to 250 words is required, which should cover research question, methods, data, preliminary results & potential applications. Extended abstracts can be sent separately & are optional, but will help in the final selection of papers: up to 4 double-spaced A4 sheets in PDF format only may be emailed to with ‘BSPS extended abstract’ and the intended strand or session in the title line. Extended abstracts are not a substitute for formal online submissions: this process should still be completed. Strand or session organizers may request further details of a submission before final decisions are made. Short abstracts will appear on the Conference website. Extended abstracts are for information purposes only. 

Choose an appropriate strand or session and submit online at: 

If you are unable to submit online, please contact for alternative arrangements. 

Oral & poster submissions are given equal weight. Final decisions on papers & posters accepted for presentation will be emailed to submitting authors by mid-May. 

In addition to strands and sessions which solicit submissions, there will also be a couple of closed sessions, for which submissions are not being sought, plus training sessions: these will be advised on the preliminary timetable, when published. Offers of training sessions would also be very welcome. Please contact

Before submitting, you are strongly advised to read the Notes at the end of this call for papers.  

Strands & sessions, with organizers (who may be contacted with queries): 

Ageing & the life course:This strand welcomes submissions of papers relating to different aspects of ageing and the life course. We welcome papers considering intergenerational relations and the exchange of support; individuals’ circumstances at different stages of the life course; the consequences of ageing for the (physical, mental, emotional, financial) wellbeing of individuals and their families; the examination of life histories and their impact on different stages of the life course; and papers using qualitative/quantitative/mixed research methodology. 

Strand organizer: Athina Vlachantoni (University of Southampton) –

Data quality (session):This session welcomes submissions relating to the quality of data inputs and/or outputs and how assurance can be provided of their fitness for purpose: from paradata and metadata to measures of uncertainty. 

Session organizer: Phil Humby (Office for National Statistics) –

The demographic consequences of Brexit (session): The debate leading up to the Brexit vote highlighted the need for more academic research into the consequences of Brexit from a demographic perspective. This session welcomes papers examining such consequences, for example questions around the characteristics of non-UK-born individuals in the UK; the medium- and long-term demographic composition of the UK population post-Brexit; and the impact of Brexit on the labour market (e.g. health and social care workforce). 

Session organizer: Athina Vlachantoni (University of Southampton) -

Demography, inequality & social policy: This strand welcomes papers which address issues located at the interface of demography, inequality, and social policy.  Examples of relevant topics include, for example, investigations of the policy challenges that arise from demographic change (or lack of change),  analyses which document, assess, or critically evaluate policy responses related to the challenges of demographic change, examinations of inequality as a cause or consequence of demographic outcomes/trends, or explorations of the policy backdrops which support different demographic regimes.  

Strand organizer: Wendy Sigle (London School of Economics) –

Elections & electoral geographies: This strand welcomes analyses of election outcomes which incorporate spatial geographies. Given three recent ‘surprises’: Brexit, Trump and the 2017 General Election results, analyses might include socio-demographic and attitudinal bases to turnout or party allegiance including the rise and fall of UKIP. Of interest too are papers focusing on the appropriateness of geographical areas for elections at national (e.g. constituencies) and local (e.g. wards) levels and the challenges posed by boundary changes to analyses of socio-demographic time-trends. 

Strand organizer: Paul Norman (University of Leeds) –

Ethnicity & religion: This strand welcomes papers with a focus on ethnicity and/or religion in any geographical setting.  Papers that are innovative in their approach, whether quantitative or qualitative, and/or are policy relevant are particularly encouraged. Examples of relevant topics include, but are not limited to: changing religious or ethnic identities; ethnic inequalities in health, education, housing etc.; ethnic or religious (de)segregation; attitudes towards ethnicity and religion. 

Strand organizer: Fran Darlington-Pollock (University of Liverpool) –

Families & households: This strand welcomes papers which measure and/or explore the effects of the diversity of family or household structures. Examples of relevant topics include, but are not limited to: trends, causes and/or consequences of patterns of union formation & dissolution; intergenerational and/or kin relationships; the determinants and consequences of the timing of demographic events; family processes and outcomes and how they vary according to gender, age and/or cohorts.  

Including session: Partnerships & sexuality: Papers exploring couple formation, maintenance and dissolution (including online dating), and various aspects of sexual behaviour and intimacy, such as sexual frequency, sexual satisfaction, sexual attitudes would be welcomed. Comparative studies on sexual and relationship well-being would also be considered. 

Strand organizer: Alice Goisis (London School of Economics) –
Partnerships & sexuality - Alexandra Ciritel (University of Southampton) -

Fertility & reproductive health: This strand welcomes papers covering any aspect of fertility and reproductive health in any geographical setting.  Papers can examine any substantive topic and/or methodological aspect related to fertility or reproductive health.  We particularly encourage papers that are innovative in their approach, are policy relevant, incorporate cross-national comparisons, and which can make causal connections.  Reproductive health can include issues related to sexual and reproductive health, contraception and assisted reproductive technology.

Including session: Gender and Fertility: papers exploring the relationship between gender processes and fertility ideals and/or intentions and outcomes. Multi-disciplinary, comparative or longitudinal studies are particularly encouraged.

Strand organizers: Rachel Scott, Alyce Raybould (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) –; 

Health & mortality: Submissions to this strand can address any aspect of health and mortality across the life course. Both quantitative and qualitative methodological approaches are welcome. This strand hopes to provide a global approach to understanding health and mortality by welcoming papers based on data from a variety of settings as well as multi-country comparative studies. Papers that focus on aspects of health inequalities, on any dimension, are specifically encouraged.

Including session: The demographic correlates of HIV: papers that explore any the demographic correlates of any aspect of HIV, including infection, testing, stigma, discrimination, care, health and mortality are welcomed.

Strand organizer: Amos Channon (University of Southampton) –

Demographic correlates of HIV – Basia Zaba (LSHTM) –

Historical demography: This strand welcomes submissions addressing any aspect of global historical demography, or the history of demography as an academic discipline. Papers may focus on any of a broad range of themes, such as fertility, mortality, migration, household formation, social mobility, urbanization, public health, social inequality or other related fields in the context of historical populations. 

Strand organizer: Hanna Jaadla (University of Cambridge) –

Innovative data, methods and models: This strand welcomes high-quality papers on innovative data, models and methods of analysis, and their applications in population studies. Particularly encouraged are original submissions related to mathematical, statistical, and computational demography, and those which utilise novel sources of data.

Including session: Administrative Data Research Network:This session will focus on new uses of administrative data, linking methodology and its applications based on the wide range of research being led by the Administrative Data Research Network.

Including theme: Feminist approaches to demography and quantitative social science: We look for papers addressing gender equality and/or feminist theory using quantitative methods. The papers might discuss, for instance, intersectionality, material aspects of gender inequality, innovative methodological approaches to feminist research, or other feminist topics of interest in population studies (e.g. gender based violence, reproductive rights)

Strand organizers: General session: Jason Hilton (University of Southampton) -

Administrative data: Peter W F Smith (University of Southampton) -

Feminist approaches to demography & quantitative social science: Heini Väisänen (University of Southampton) –

Local demography and its impact on local policy : Presentations are invited which look at trends in all aspects of demography and how they have been and are being used to inform local policy decisions and service planning, especially in light of ongoing cuts to local budgets.  Sessions might include:

  • Use of demographic data and its use in identifying areas in most need both now      and in the coming years for key service deliveries
  • How has both the requirement for, and presentation of data changed over time in local government
  • Demographic data for neighbourhood planning
  • Planning for the uncertainty of Brexit at the local level - use of variant projections
  • What are the main demographic changes affecting policy? Ethnicity, Age profile,      Students, International Migration, Population Churn, Housing availability etc?
  • Strand organizers: Piers Elias (Demographic Support), Gemma Quarendon (Hampshire County Council) –

 Migration & mobilities: We invite papers in the following research areas:

1. The analysis of the patterns, processes and impacts of migration, both international and intra-national movement. The results of empirical analysis are especially welcome, but topics may also include discussions of conceptual challenges, migration terminologies, data sources and methodological issues.

2. The study of fertility, family, health and mortality of migrants and their descendants (‘migrant demography’).

3. The analysis of spatial aspects of population processes (‘spatial demography’). Studies analysing spatial patterns of population or investigating contextual effects on demographic processes are welcome. 

Strand organisers: Hill Kulu (University of St Andrews), Alan Marshall (University of Edinburgh) –;

NVD-organized sessions:  

1. Residential relocations in a family context: We invite papers that address residential mobility, internal or international migration in the context of the family both inside and outside the household. Examples of topics are family migration, relocations related to union formation or dissolution, staying close to family, and migration towards family 

Session organizer : Clara Mulder (University of Groningen) –

2. Regional population change : Ageing as well as selective migration processes have a differential impact on regions, with mostly rural regions facing population decline, and urban regions continuously growing. Papers are invited that provide more insight into the various aspects of this development, such as the demographic dimensions of the process, in terms of decomposition into natural growth, internal as well as external migration, as well as its causes and consequences; the selective nature of the process in terms of age, gender, socio-economic gradient; its causes and consequences; or regional projections and scenarios. 

Session organizer : Leo van Wissen (NIDI) –

Posters: Poster submissions are invited across the spectrum of population studies & methodological approaches to demography. We encourage researchers to present results from completed papers and also from research in progress. Papers without final results are particularly well-suited to this session. Presenters are welcome to submit more than one abstract for consideration as a poster, possibly in addition to a paper submission.

Strand organizers: Ginevra Floridi,Vicky Donnaloja(London School of Economics) –;

Telling the story in statistics: This strand invites sessions on how folk have made their data discoverable, and on how folk have attempted to communicate their statistics effectively to non-specialists. These could include examples of open data platforms or of how folk have found ways of making their messages accessible 

Strand organizers: Kirsty MacLachlan, Esther Roughsedge (National Records of Scotland) -;

General & administrative queries: BSPS Secretariat –


  • Submissions should be made online at: 
  • Confirmation is required on the submissions form that presenters will attend the conference at their own expense to present the papers or poster submitted, if accepted. Attendance at the BSPS conference cannot be subsidised by BSPS – this applies to BSPS members and non-members and there are NO exceptions. (Except for existing BSPS student and local government members fulfilling specific conditions. See under bursaries.)
  • Papers may be allocated to a different strand from that to which the submission was made.
  • A maximum of TWO submissions as first author and/or presenter for oral presentations, although additional poster submissions would be welcomed.
  •  Whilst submissions for oral presentation should include some results, it is appreciated that these may be preliminary at the time of submission.
  • Poster submissions have equal weight with oral presentations
  • Submissions from non-members are welcomed
  • Short abstracts may be changed up to the end of July, after which no changes will be possible
  • Registration for the conference by the presenting author will be required before the paper or poster is included in the final programme
  • Papers are organised into strand sessions. Each presenter will have 20-30 minutes in total, with 15-20 minutes for presentation & 5-10 minutes for questions & discussion. Strand organisers will advise if a different format for the session in question is planned.
  • Poster competition: a prize fund of £100 in book tokens is offered for the poster(s) judged the best on display. At least 50% of this prize will be awarded to the best student poster. All accepted posters are automatically entered for the poster prize. The invited judges will be announced later
  • BSPS student member bursaries & BSPS local government employee member bursaries 
  • Bursaries are available ONLY to BSPS student members and BSPS local government employee members whose employer will not cover their costs.
  • Bursaries are only available if presenting a paper or poster
  • BSPS 2018 membership dues must have been paid before submission. Memberships activated or reactivated after submission are NOT eligible for a bursary.
  • As the number of bursaries may be limited, application for a bursary does not guarantee that one will be awarded. Applications must be received by the submission deadline, not retrospectively after that date.
  • Bursaries usually cover the costs of on-site accommodation, meals during the conference, plus registration. Travel is not included.
  • Application for a bursary is via the online submissions form ONLY, which MUST have the relevant bursary application box checked
  • Recipients of bursaries may be asked to contribute to Conference preparation or assist on-site.
  • NVD participants only:  
  • The NVD has a limited number of travel bursaries available for participating Dutch NVD  members who are unable to find funding for the travel. Please contact Leo van Wissen ( ) for further details. Requests are being processed on a first-come first-serve basis
  • Bursaries are only available if presenting a paper or poster

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