2013 Conference - Swansea

 The 2013 BSPS Conference was held at the University of Swansea from 9 - 11 September 2013. Plenary speakers were Monica Das Gupta (World Bank), who spoke on demography, gender and kinship systems and Mary Daly (University of Oxford) on Family policy in the UK and Europe – does it respond to fertility and ageing?

Abstracts are available from the menu on the left. Full affiliations for authors appear with the abstract.

BSPS Conference poster prize 2013

This year’s Conference attracted a remarkable total of over 55 posters, the most that have ever been displayed at the Conference. In light of these numbers, a panel of three judges were invited to decide the winner(s) collaboratively. One of the judges noted:

Whilst reading through the final programme, I was very impressed to discover the number of posters submitted this year. One remark I would like to make is about the 'professionalism' of the BSPS conference organisation: in giving the poster session a real, valued status within the conference. I was only saying this to a colleague this afternoon, comparing the BSPS to other conferences (whose names I won't mention!) where the message sent out is "we can't fit you in for a paper but you can propose a poster".

With at least half the prize of £100 in book tokens reserved for a student poster, the judges had their work cut out to decide from an impressive array. Their final decision was to split the prize, with £50 in book tokens awarded to postgraduate student Eleanor Staniforth (Centre for Migration Policy Research, University of Swansea) for her poster A 'final destination'? Challenging the idea of settlement in sub-Saharan African 'transit' migration to Europe and £50 in book tokens to Dr. Ryuzaburo Sato and Miho Iwasawa, National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, Japan, for their poster Single, sexless and infertile: Sexuality aspects of very low fertility in Japan. Congratulations to both winners.

Copyright in the winning posters resides with the authors. Please do not reproduce without their permission. The winning posters can be accessed here:

Sato and Iwasawa poster|

Staniforth poster|