2011 Conference - University of York

The BSPS Conference 2011 was held at the University of York from 7-9 September 2011.

The programme and abstracts of presentations can be accessed from the menu on the left.

Where presentations or papers have been made available by the authors, these can be accessed from the hyperlink in the abstract title line. All papers and presentations are copyright the authors, to whom any permissions requests should be made. All presentations and papers represent the views of the authors, not those of BSPS.

Plenary speakers were Professor John Hobcraft (University of York) and Professor Ken Hill (Harvard). 

Training Session for Local Authority users of Demographic information. 

The spreadsheets used in the training session can now also be accessed from the mernu on the left. See 'Training session material'.

2011 BSPS Conference poster prize

The poster competition was judged by the invited plenary speakers, Professor Ken Hill and Professor John Hobcraft.

The winner was announced as Emily Freeman, London School of Economics, for her poster Sex that gives and takes away: sexuality in older age in rural Malawi Congratulations to Emily.

2011 BSPS Prize

Each year, BSPS gives a prize for the best Masters dissertation on a demographic topic from the previous academic year. The winner of each year's Prize is announced at the BSPS Conference.

The standard was again very high, but the judges agreed that this year's BSPS Prize should be awarded to Michelle Weinberger from LSE for her dissertation Making Sense of Tanzania's Fertility: The Role of Contraceptive Use

From the judges' comments: 

Judge A: Quite impressive work and very enjoyable to read. The paper addresses an important demographic phenomenon – stall in fertility decline – applicable to a number of developing countries, besides Tanzania. Good publication potential. 

Judge B: Elegant and effective exploration of the proximate determinants of fertility in Tanzania using hypothetical models to explore the contribution of contraceptive use (both prevalence and mix) to levels and trends in fertility, and prospects for future fertility decline. Very enjoyable to read (despite the flicking forward and back entailed by the structure). Quite possibly publishable




BSPS Conference 2011- University of York