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Ridhi Kashyap

Ridhi Kashyap is a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Oxford and the new BSPS postgraduate student rep. She attends BSPS Council meetings to represent the views of BSPS student members. She is interested in the fertility transition in contexts with strong son preference, the demographic causes and implications of sex ratio at birth and child sex ratio imbalances, and agent-based modelling and computational methods in demography. 

Ridhi is happy to hear ideas on how the BSPS can better engage with postgraduate student concerns. If you have suggestions for events, day meetings or socials that the BSPS could organise and student members could all benefit from, please be in touch at:

Ridhi is responsible for the BSPS Student Members’ Facebook group which aims at initiating more engagement between student members and providing a forum for anyone to bring issues forward. Have you already joined the group?! If not, click on the link below and send a request to join the group.

How to join

Joining the BSPS could not be easier. Simply download and complete the membership form and return it to the BSPS Secretariat.


POPFEST is a population studies conference organised by postgraduates for postgraduates with the aim of providing a relaxed, supportive environment for students to come together to present work and discuss ideas. This is a great opportunity to meet other students studying in the same area, practice your presentation skills and get some useful feedback from your peers.

The conference provides a forum for postgraduate students studying any aspect of population in disciplines including Social Sciences, Demography, Human Geography, Social Anthropology, Social Statistics, Health, Development, Social Policy and other related fields. Presenters have an excellent opportunity to discuss their work in front of their peers and have a chance to get feedback and ideas from fellow researchers. Those not wishing to present can get an idea of the sort of research being conducted by their peers and make valuable contacts for the future.

POPFEST is an ideal spring-board for all postgraduates regardless of their stage of research providing an opportunity to practice ones presentation skills, whether as a paper or poster display, before facing more demanding academic conferences.

PopFest has survived over the past 24 years due to the support and good will of the postgraduate community and BSPS & other population-related groups. For PopFest to continue this support and enthusiasm is essential. The BSPS is very keen to ensure the development of postgraduate population research through PopFest and has confirmed its continuing support to the conference.

PopFest 2017

The call for papers is now open.

The 25th Annual Postgraduate Population Studies Conference (PopFest) will take place in Stockholm May 31st - June 2nd 2017.

PopFest is an annual Population Studies conference for PhD students organized by fellow PhDs. It aims to provide a relaxed and supportive environment for students to come together to present their work and provides an excellent opportunity to bring together researchers from various Social Science disciplines. 

Submission Deadline: February 3rd, 2017. Follow this Link to submit an abstract to PopFest 2017.

More information on our webpage:

In case of any questions feel free to contact us at: 

We look forward to welcoming you to Stockholm in May 2017!

PopFest 2017 Organizing Committee

The annual BSPS conference

The BSPS conference is held in September. Each year the venue changes, moving around the country.

Why go

The conference is an opportunity to present work in front of a knowledgeable but friendly audience or just come along and soak up the atmosphere.

You can present either an oral presentation (with results) or a poster presentation.

Bursaries are available for postgraduate student members who present at the conference. Contact the BSPS Secretariat for more details.

It's a great place to meet people - not just other postgraduates, but you can build up contacts with academics throughout the country.

The BSPS also holds several subject specific day meetings during the year. If they are in your subject area they are worth a visit.

Read more about the BSPS annual conference.

Funding sources

Find out more in our funding for demographers page.