Call for papers – PopFest 2012, Loughborough University - 21st-23rd June 2012


PopFest is an annual population studies conference for postgraduate students organised by fellow postgraduates. To celebrate the 20th annual PopFest, the conference in 2012 will reflect on the past 20 years of population studies and look forward to the challenges facing population studies in the next 20 years. PopFest welcomes representatives from various disciplines such as Social Sciences, Demography, Human Geography, Social Anthropology, Social Statistics, Health, Development, Social Policy, Energy and other related fields. All research projects, completed or in progress, relating to population studies will be welcomed.

Professor John Stillwell from the University of Leeds will be the keynote speaker for the event reflecting on increasing ethnic diversity of the UK population over the last 20 years. Professor John Stillwell's research interests include internal and international population migration, geographical information systems (GIS), and regional development and planning. Jonathon Porritt, founder Director and Trustee of the forum for the future, is also due to speak at the event about future challenges facing populations in the coming years.

Potential themes are as follows:

  • Migration/mobility and integration
  • Population policies
  • Social participation and active citizenship
  • Fertility, contraception, sexual and reproductive behaviour and rights
  • Childhood and youth
  • Data uses and methodological approaches in population studies (inc. innovative methods)
  • Demography
  • Historical population studies
  • The future of population studies
  • Future challenges to populations and population studies

There will also be a poster session during the conference to allow researchers to present their work in this format. PopFest also gives postgraduates the opportunity to chair sessions, if you are interested in chairing a session please contact us and we can try to find the best session for you to chair.

Abstracts (500 words max) and proposals for poster presentations should be submitted to Popfest2012@lboro.ac.uk|  by 20th March 2012.        

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 14 years due to the support and good will of the postgraduate community and the BSPS. 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.