2012 Conference - Nottingham

The 2012 BSPS Conference was held at the University of Nottingham (Jubilee Campus) from 10-12 September.

Programme and abstracts are posted here and can be accessed from the menu on the left.  

Plenary sessions:  

Monday 10 September:

Professor Peter McDonald (Australian National University & President of the IUSSP), provisionally entitled A century of population studies, society and Population Studies' Societies.

Tuesday 11 September:

A  double plenary, 90 minute session on the 2011 Census and its quality with two speakers and 30 minutes for questions and discussion:

Professor Danny Dorling (University of Sheffield), on Can we trust the 2011 one number?

Glen Watson (ONS Census Director)

BSPS Conference Poster Prize 2012

2012 saw a vibrant and very successful poster session with 40 posters on display. These remained on dispaly throughout the Conference and attracted the attention of many visiotrs to the University who were not part of the Conference.

The Poster Prize was judged by Professor Peter McDonald and Professor Gu Baochang. The prize for the best student poster was awarded to Mafalda Moura Pereira, University of Cambridge, for:

Measuring the urban penalty: hospital mortality in Coimbra, Portugal, 1885-1910 

The poster explores how measurement of the “urban penalty” in nineteenth-century Coimbra is potentially skewed by the deaths in the city of non-residents. Over the period Coimbra’s University Hospital offered free medical care, attracting admissions, including of sufferers of chronic disease and unmarried pregnant women, from Coimbra’s rural hinterland. These hospital deaths must stripped out before the legitimate investigation of relationships between city environmental factors (including household- and individual-level features like access to piped water) and (disease-specific) mortality. The study behind my poster establishes the identities and places-of-residence of some 14,700 people buried in Coimbra’s cemeteries. Since about a third of these died in hospital (meaning the deceased might not be a resident), the study cross-referenced burial records with parish deaths and baptisms and with 60,500 hospital admissions (4,700 eventuating in death). Findings show a roughly 3:2 ratio of male to female admissions, a higher incidence of female hospital deaths (8.5% to 7.4%), and a relatively higher proportion of women (43.5% to 31.4%) checking in from urban parishes. 

A prize was also awarded for the best non-student poster. This went to Simona Korenjak-Černe, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics and colleagues for:

Symbolic data analysis approach to clustering population pyramids 

In the poster we present an approach based on symbolic data analysis to clustering of population pyramids. A population pyramid is represented with two frequency distributions over age groups, one for each gender. Such a representation with discrete distributions enables us to preserve information about real distribution and the size of the population of each gender. It is a special kind of symbolic data. For clustering units with variables described with discrete distributions we adapted well-known k-means and Ward’s hierarchical clustering methods such that the obtained optimal cluster’s representative is again population pyramid of all population in the regions, included in the cluster. Both methods are compatible (they are solving the same clustering optimization problem) and therefore can be used in combination. Properties and advantages of such an adaptation will be presented. The results of applications of the proposed approach on world countries and on US counties will be presented.

Congratulations to Mafalda and Simona.