Annual Conference

The British Society for Population Studies holds an annual conference in a different venue each September. Programmes, abstracts, and reports of previous conferences can be accessed from the archive link at the bottom of the page. 

Call for innovative session proposals for the 2023 BSPS 50th anniversary Conference

11 – 13 September 2023 – University of Keele 

BSPS is 50 years old in 2023. Events are planned earlier in the year, which will culminate in the 50th anniversary in-person Conference. The plenary theme will be: BSPS at 50: looking backwards, looking forwards

BSPS welcomes suggestions and proposals from members and non-members for innovative and inclusive sessions suitable for an in-person event. Usually, sessions last 90 minutes, but shorter sessions of 60 minutes would be viable. Council is keen to widen participation in the Conference so policy-relevant suggestions would be very welcome. Feedback from 2022 indicates more workshops & discussion session would be welcome. Proposals might include (but are not restricted to): 

  • Sessions themed around the past 50 years in demography in the UK or looking forward to the next 50 years
  • Demographic challenges for the 21st century
  • Demography & contemporary challenges (eg cost of living & demographic outcomes)
  • Population & the environment
  • Engaging with data
  • Workshops or panel sessions: which would need a convenor.  
  • Sessions with discussant (discussions with a convenor and moderator or with invited discussants)
  • Conversation formats – which have proved popular as a plenary & could be extended to session formats.  
  • Networking options
  • Training sessions
  • Sessions aimed at early-career researchers or other specific constituencies where BSPS looks to increase & widen participation, such as local authority/NGO participants /policy makers
  • Qualitative work
  • Suggestions are also welcome for innovative strands or sessions, outside the regular strands which run at Conference (see Conference page on website). With an in-person format, sessions are usually 90 minutes, with 3-4 presentations per session, but could be shorter. A strand is a series of themed sessions. Session suggestions can be submitted as stand-alone or as part of a strand with a specific focus in mind: a single session could focus on a particular methodological or substantive topic or a specific data set but would need to attract 3 to 4 high-quality submissions to be viable. Potential organizers of strands and sessions should be willing to actively solicit papers outside of the regular call for papers and from as far afield as possible, with European and international perspectives in mind.

Strand and session organizers will be expected to assess submissions and allocate accepted papers into a coherent session or sessions, as well as taking on other organizational responsibilities, including allocating Chairs for sessions.   

For proposed workshops or training sessions, please indicate who would organize and lead the session and confirm that they have been approached and are willing to do so. 

All suggestions will be considered by BSPS Council at their mid-January meeting, after which BSPS will let you know the outcome. The call for papers will be issued in late January or early February 2023. 

Please submit suggestions online by Monday 16 January 2023 at: 

or contact in the event of any difficulties. 


 General and administrative queries: BSPS Secretariat –





BSPS Annual Conference 2022

BSPS Annual Conference 2022 

5-7 September 2022, University of Winchester

BSPS Programme 2022


Ageing abstracts 2022

Critical demography and qualitative research abstracts

Data Science 2022 Abstracts

Demographic consequences of environment risks abstracts

Developments in official statistics abstracts

Ethnicity abstracts 2022

Families and households abstracts 2022

Fertility abstracts 2022

Health & mortality abstracts 2022

Historical demography abstracts 2022

 Migration abstracts 2022

Population processes & data in crisis & conflict settings abstracts

Poster abstracts 2022

Regional and local demography abstracts

UK Census Longitudinal Studies abstracts

Strands and sessions with organisers  

Ageing and the life course:

Strand organiser: Professor Athina Vlachantoni (University of Southampton) –    

Critical demography and qualitative research:

Strand organisers: Professor Ernestina Coast (LSE) –; Dr. Rishita Nandagiri (LSE) –; Dr. Sarah Walters (LSHTM) –

Data science: Innovative data, methods and models:

Strand organiser: Dr. Jason Hilton (University of Southampton) ‐ 

Innovation in fertility forecasting:  

Session organiser: Dr. Joanne Ellison (University of Southampton) – 

Synthetic data & simulations:

Session organiser: Dr. Paul Norman (University of Leeds) –

Environment and demography

Session organiser: Dr. Dermot Grenham –

Sociodemographic disparities in environmental risks

Strand organisers: Risto Conte Keivabu (European University Institute), Dr. Tobias Rüttenauer (University of Oxford) -


Strand organisers: Professor Nissa Finney (University of St. Andrews) – ; Dr. Gemma Catney (Queens University Belfast) – 

Families and households strand:

Strand organisers: Dr. Jenny Chanfreau (UCL) –; Dr. Kathrin Morosow (University of Manchester) – 

Fertility and reproductive health:

Strand organisers: Dr. Alina Pelikh (UCL) – ; Dr. Alyce Raybould (UCL) – 

Fertility trends & patterns in low fertility countries over the past decades: 

Session organiser: Dr. Bernice Kuang (University of Southampton) – 

Food systems & food (in)security

Strand organiser: Dr. Jasmine Fledderjohann (Lancaster University) –

Health and mortality:

Strand organiser: Dr. José-Manuel Aburto –

How the Covid-19 pandemic has affected population health & mortality from an international perspective. There is particular interest in having a session with this theme. 

Historical demography:

Strand organisers: Professor Alice Reid (University of Cambridge) -; Dr. Eilidh Garrett (University of Edinburgh) – 

Internal and international migration:

Strand organisers: Dr. Júlia Mikolai (University of St Andrews) –;  Dr. Ben Wilson (Stockholm University) – 

Population processes and data in crisis & conflict settings (Panel session with discussant)

Session organisers:  Rosanna Le Voir and Orsola Torrisi (LSE) -


Strand organiser: TBC

Regional, subnational and local demography: its impact on policy‐making for places:

Strand organiser: Dr. Mark Fransham (University of Oxford) –


UK Census Longitudinal Studies

Strand organiser: Dr. Ian Shuttleworth (Queens University Belfast) –

 Semi-closed sessions not included in online submission form: 

Developments in official population statistics. With contributors expected to be from the public sector, primarily ONS who will lead these sessions. All topics are welcome but there is particular interest in papers relating to Census releases, Census QA, COVID mortality, COVID impacts on data and official population statistics transformation. 

If you would be interested in contributing, please contact co-ordinator directly:

Phil Humby (ONS) –

 General and administrative queries: BSPS Secretariat –

BSPS virtual conference 2021

BSPS virtual Annual Conference 2021 

13-15 September 2021 

The 2021 Conference was again virtual, building on the experience of the 2020 virtual Conference. 

BSPS Programme 2021

Posters - this link takes you to the posters themselves, accessed via the hyperlink in the title. 

Abstracts can be accessed below. 

Ageing & the life course abstracts

Climate change abstracts

Covid-19 - How demographic analysis can contribute to monitoring of the Covid-19 pandemic & formation of policy abstracts

Data science & data quality abstracts

Developments in official population statistics abstracts

Ethnicity abstracts

Families and households abstracts

Fertility & reproductive health abstracts

Food insecurity abstracts

Health & mortality abstracts

Historical demography abstracts

Migration abstracts

Qualitative demographic research abstracts

Telling the story in statistics abstracts 

Strand organisers

Ageing and the life course:
This strand welcomes submissions of papers relating to ageing over the life course; intergenerational relations and exchange of support; the consequences of ageing for the (e.g. physical, mental, emotional, financial) wellbeing of individuals and their families; qualitative and/or quantitative research methodologies. 

Strand organiser: Professor Athina Vlachantoni (University of Southampton) –   

COVID-19 and older people in low and middle-income countries: Submissions are invited which will explore a range of related issues, including the robustness and availability of relevant data and the social determinants of COVID-19 mortality among older populations. 

Convenor: Professor Peter Lloyd-Sherlock (University of East Anglia) – 

Effects of chronic conditions, co-morbidities and multimorbidity on the elderly: The session will focus on the effects of chronic conditions, co-morbidities, and multimorbidity on the daily lives and well-being of the elderly in the UK and internationally. Well-being will be understood broadly. Submissions are welcome on the topics of well-being, elderly time-use, the burden of treatment, or, generally, on the demographic, sociological, medical, and interdisciplinary scholarship of the chronic conditions among the elderly. 

Convenor: Dr. Kamila Kolpashnikova (University of Oxford) -

Climate, the environment and demographic issues:
Climate and environmental change has already had, and threatens to continue to have, a major impact on societies and economies. Demography will not be immune, and we could see significant changes in mortality, health and migration patterns. This session is therefore looking for papers which cover the impact of existing levels of climate change and environmental threats as well as papers which look at the potential future demographic impact of climate change and other environmental issues. 

Strand organiser: Dr Dermot Grenham –

Covid-19 and demography:
How demographic analysis can contribute to monitoring of the COVID-19 pandemic, the formulation of policy and understanding of the effects. Papers are welcome from both UK-based and international researchers, given the world-wide impact of COVID-19. 

Strand organiser: Professor Emeritus Philip Rees (University of Leeds) –

Data quality:
This strand welcomes submissions relating to the quality of data inputs and/or outputs and how assurance can be provided of their fitness for purpose: from paradata and metadata to measures of uncertainty. Papers on how COVID-19 has influenced data quality or data quality of COVID-19 surveys are welcome. 

Strand organiser: Phil Humby (Office for National Statistics) –

Data science: Innovative data, methods and models: 
The combination of new sources of data and the increased availability of cheap computing power have opened up exciting new avenues for research in population science. Methodological advances and new statistical modelling approaches allow these new resources to be exploited to create new scientific knowledge and forecast our demographic futures. This strand welcomes papers that demonstrate the application of innovative methods and models to problems in the population sciences. 

Demographic applications falling under the following headings are particularly encouraged:

• big data

• innovative statistical modelling and forecasting

• Bayesian methods and uncertainty quantification

• simulation

• machine learning

• ethical issues in data science research 

Strand organiser: Dr. Jason Hilton (University of Southampton) ‐

In a year that has seen much discussion of ethnicity, inequalities and Black Lives Matter, the Ethnicity Strand returns to BSPS. Papers are invited on any aspect of ethnicity and population studies. ‘Ethnicity’ is broadly conceived and may include work concerned with ethnicity, race, religion, language, migrant generations. Theoretical and methodological papers are welcome with the intention that the Strand will incorporate work from academic and non-academic researchers, from postgraduates and early career scholars to esteemed colleagues. Our intention is to showcase contemporary population scholarship concerning ethnicity and to stimulate lively debate and connections for our research agendas. 

Strand organiser: Dr. Nissa Finney (University of St. Andrews) – 

Ethnicity and Covid-19. Evidence is emerging, in the UK and elsewhere, about the differential effects of the Covid-19 pandemic across ethnic groups. Papers are invited that demonstrate population scholars’ contribution to this evidence and the associated discussions. Papers may include, but are not limited to, concerns with: health outcomes of ethnic groups, socio-economic experiences of ethnic groups, demographic associates of differential experiences (e.g. age, family context), contextual/structural drivers of Covid-19 ethnic inequalities, spatial variations in experiences of ethnic groups, conceptualisation/theorisation of ethnicity for understanding the impacts of the pandemic, methodological challenges for identifying patters, causes and consequences of ethnic inequalities. Submissions from postgraduates and early career researchers are welcome. 

Convenor: Dr. Nissa Finney (University of St Andrews) – 

Ethnicity and the UK Census: Lessons learnt and prospects for future research. This session welcomes papers from researchers who have utilised ethnicity data from UK or international Censuses. Research should focus on ethnic group (and/or migrant) experiences within population studies fields including (but not limited to): labour markets, education, housing, family/household, partnership, health, ageing, segregation, residential mobility, social mobility. Potential papers may include Census data at any geographical scale (multi-country/national/local), focussing on a single time-point or measuring change over time. Submissions are welcomed that focus on a) insight gained from ethnicity analyses (including policy recommendations); b) possibilities and priorities for future research (e.g. following the release of 2021/2022 UK Census data); c) methodological challenges for ethnicity-Census researchers. 

Convenor: Sarah Garlick (University of Liverpool) – 

Complexities of white ethnic identities: White ethnicity is often neglected as an ethnicity on its own and mostly used as an allegedly neutral reference category, thus normalising majority experiences, overlooking white immigrant experiences, and ‘othering’ ethnic minorities. This session calls for papers that study the complexity of white identities, perceptions and experiences across life domains.

 Convenor: Ivelina Hristova (London School of Economics) –

Families and households strand: 
This stream invites theory-driven conceptual or empirical papers that investigate the diversity of family or household compositions and outcomes. Comparative papers and case studies are welcome, as are submissions that challenge conventional assumptions and/or contribute to new conceptual and methodological frameworks for household and/or family. For instance, papers that assess the role of selection in known relationships in more detail are invited.

Examples of possible contributions include, but are not limited to:

· Trends, determinants and consequences of demographic events

· Union formation

· Union dissolution

· Care and unpaid work

· Family and work

· Policy related to families and households

· Heterogeneous effects by e.g. gender, class, income, race/ethnicity, age/cohort, region 

Two related sessions are also inviting submissions on Kinship approaches in demography and Family complexity and child outcomes, as shown below 

Strand organisers: Dr. Kathrin Morosow (University of Bath),Dr. Jenny Chanfreau (University College London) – 

Family complexity and child outcomes: We invite papers that focus on the link between family complexity and child outcomes, such as physical or mental health, well-being, education, and/or behaviour.

Convenors: Dr. Julia Mikolai and Dr. Katherine Keenan (University of St Andrews) – 

Kinship approaches in demography:

This session lies at the intersection of demography and kinship studies. Potential topics include kin availability and loss, family demography, marriage formation, assortative mating, genealogical studies, simulation studies, etc.

Convenor: Dr.Diego Alburez-Gutierrez -

Fertility and reproductive health: 

This strand welcomes papers covering any aspect of fertility and reproductive health. Papers can examine any substantive topic and/or methodological aspect related to fertility or reproductive health in high, middle- or low-income countries. We particularly encourage the submission of papers which incorporate cross‐national comparisons, which are policy relevant or use innovative methodological and theoretical approaches. Reproductive health includes a variety of issues which include, but are not limited to, assisted reproductive technology, pregnancy loss, sexual and reproductive health and rights or contraceptive use. 

Strand organisers: Dr. Alice Goisis, Dr. Alina Pelikh (University College London) – 

Abortion and abortion-related care. This session invites theoretical contributions on abortion and abortion-related care within demographic scholarship. This can be critical reflections on the conceptualisations and framing of abortions, or methodological or theoretical innovations in research. [Note: this session aims to invite theoretical and not empirical proposals] 

Convenor: Joe Strong (LSE) –

Food insecurity 
Food insecurity is associated with a range of negative outcomes across the lifecourse, with serious implications for health, well-being, and economic development. The highest rates of food insecurity globally are found in the Global South--a situation which climate change will continue to exacerbate in the coming years. Moreover, Covid-19 has cast a light on the instability of food systems and has contributed to growing food insecurity globally. The proposed strand would explore topics broadly related to food systems and food insecurity. Proposals focused on the Global South, global food systems, and comparative perspectives would be particularly welcomed. Specific sessions within the strand could include:

Food Insecurity, Food Systems, and Covid-19

Modelling Food Insecurity: Data and Methods

Food Insecurity and Health Across the Lifecourse

Food Insecurity, Inequalities, and Social Policy

Determinants of Food Insecurity

Food Insecurity, Food Systems, and the Environment 

Strand organiser: Dr. Jasmine Fledderjohann (Lancaster University) –

Health and mortality: 
This strand welcomes papers on health and mortality in high and low income country contexts using quantitative, qualitative and mixed method approaches. Papers can examine any substantive topic and/or methodological aspect related to health and mortality including Covid-19 

Strand organiser: Dr. Stephen Jivraj (University College London) –

Historical demography: 
This strand welcomes submissions addressing any aspect of historical demography, or the history of demography as an academic discipline. Papers may focus on any of a broad range of themes, such as fertility, mortality, migration, household formation, social mobility, urbanization, public health, social inequality or other related fields in the context of historical populations. Contributions may focus on any part of the world, and at any scale, from local studies to international comparisons. 

Strand organisers: Dr. Hanna Jaadla and Dr. Alice Reid (University of Cambridge) –;

Internal and international migration: 
We invite papers in the following research areas:

1. The analysis of the patterns, processes, impacts, and determinants of international and internal migration. The results of empirical analysis are especially welcome, but topics may also include discussions of conceptual challenges, migration terminologies, data sources and methodological issues.  

2. The study of fertility, family, employment, health, and mortality of migrants and their descendants across countries or in different national settings.

3. The analysis of spatial aspects of population processes, for example, studies analysing spatial patterns of population or investigating contextual effects on demographic processes. 

Strand organisers: Dr. Júlia Mikolai (University of St Andrews); Dr. Matthew Wallace (Stockholm University) - julia.mikolai@st‐ 

Employment, occupation, and labour market integration of immigrants and their descendants across industrialised countries. We invite papers for this session that cover topics related to the labour market integration and/or the interplay between family and employment trajectories of first- and second-generation immigrants across industrialised countries 

Convenors: Dr. Julia Mikolai and Professor Hill Kulu (University of St Andrews) –

Poster submissions for virtual presentation are invited across the spectrum of population studies and demography. Researchers are encouraged to present results from completed studies or ongoing research not yet at the results stage (which is particularly well-suited to poster presentation). Presenters are welcome to submit more than one abstract for consideration as a poster, perhaps in addition to an oral submission. Posters will be presented as one PowerPoint slide or one PDF of the poster, which will be posted to the BSPS website in advance of the Conference. Each presenter will then have a five-minute slot during a Conference poster session to describe their work and to take questions. There will be a poster prize of £100 in book tokens or vouchers, at least half of which will be for a student poster. 

Strand organiser: TBC

Regional, subnational and local demography: its impact on policy‐making for places: 
This strand invites presentations that explore demographic themes at subnational, regional, and local level, particularly in the context of planning and policy-making. Topics might include: 

  • How local demographic trends and variations influence levels of poverty and deprivation, and the provision of local services.
  • How demographic estimates and projections inform planning, policy design and service delivery.
  • Gaps in local data and evidence; alternative sources and novel approaches used to supplement official statistics.
  • Shifting patterns of residential mobility and preferences, particularly in the context of COVID-19.

Strand organisers: Ben Corr (Greater London Authority), Dr. Mark Fransham (University of Oxford) –  

Qualitative demographic research: Challenging paradigms? 
This strand invites submissions on qualitative demographic research. This includes a focus on methodological and epistemological implications of qualitative approaches in (and for) demography, as well as contributions reporting/reflecting on the use of qualitative methods in their research. Submissions may grapple with the complexities of presenting such research, as well as confronting the tensions of conducting such research in a largely quantitative discipline. 

Strand organiser: Dr. Rishita Nandagiri (LSE) –

Telling the story in statistics. 
.This strand invites sessions on you have brought your data to life, made your data discoverable, and/or communicated your results to non-specialists. These could include examples of data visualisation, open data platforms, or of how you have found ways of making your messages accessible and reaching a wider audience. 

We’d also welcome short talks demonstrating/explaining how to do something which relates to data visualisation. 

Strand organiser: Dr. Esther Roughsedge (National Records of Scotland) ‐

BSPS Annual Conference 2020

The BSPS 2020 Conference was a virtual Conference, which took place on Tuesday & Wednesday 15 & 16 September. The priorities were:

  • Dissemination of research findings, most particularly for early-career researchers
  • Feedback on these findings
  • Opportunities to talk & make connections with other researchers

The programme can be downloaded here & abstracts are posted below:

BSPS 2020 programme

Tthere wiere 2 sets of simultaneous sessions each morning, each lasting one hour, with the same in the afternoon. These were a mix of 3-4 paper sessions, with discussion & questions, or flash sessions with shorter presentations (results only, no methods) plus discussion & questions. There wew also two early-career workshops on reviewing for academic journals & postgraduare careers out side academia, plus an early-career plenary & a discussion-based plenary. BSPS memebership was required to participate, but there were no further registration charges. 

To join BSPS or renew your membership, complete one of the forms below: 

Membership application



Ageing in place abstracts 2020

Critical perspectives in demography and population studies abstracts 2020

Data, big data & statistical uncertainty strand abstracts 2020

Demography Inequality Social Policy abstracts

Developments in Official Population Statistics 2020 abstracts

Early career plenary abstract

Families and households abstracts 2020

Fertility abstracts 2020

Health and mortality abstracts 2020

Health & the environment abstracts 2020

Historical demography abstracts 2020

Migration and mobilities abstracts

Regional subnational & local demography abstracts 2020

Strands & sessions with organisers

Ageing in Place:

Strand Organisers: Dr. Yazhen Yang, Dr. Maja Palmer (University of Southampton) –

Critical perspectives in demography & population studies:

Strand Organiser: Dr Rishita Nandagiri (LSE) –

Data quality:

Strand Organiser: Phil Humby (Office for National Statistics) –

Data science: Innovative data, methods and models:

Strand Organiser:

    Dr. Jason Hilton (University of Southampton) -

Digital and computational demography:

Organiser: Diego Alburez-Gutierrez (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research) -

Understanding statistical uncertainty and error: applying new methods to blended population and migration estimates:

Organiser: Dr. Louisa Blackwell (office for National Statistics) –

Demographic impact of climate change:

Organiser: Dr. Dermot Grenham –

Demography, inequality & social policy:

Strand Organiser: Phil Humby (ONS) –

Unintended consequences of social policy:

Organiser: Dr. Kathrin Morosow (University of Bath) –

Families & households strand:

Strand Organisers: Dr. Jenny Chanfreau (UCL); Dr. Afshin Zilanawala (UCL) –

Families and work:

Organiser: Dr. Afshin Zilanawala (UCL) –  

East Asian families: 

Sexual activities in marital relationships in East Asia:

Organisers: Dr.Man-yee Kan and Dr. Muzhi Zhou (University ofxford) -,

Family and wellbeing in East Asia:

Organisers: Dr. Kamila Kolpashnikova and Dr. Ekaterina Hertog (University of Oxford) -

Fertility & reproductive health:

Strand Organiser: Dr.Heini Väisänen (University of Southampton) –

Later fertility in low fertility countries:

Organiser: Dr. Eva Beaujouan (Wittgenstein Centre for Demography & Global Human Capital) –

Health & mortality:

Strand Organiser: Dr.Tiziana Leone (London School of Economics) –

Life course neighbourhood effects:

Organiser: Dr. Stephen Jivraj (UCL) –

Historical demography:

Strand Organisers: Dr.Hanna Jaadla & Dr. Alice Reid  (University of Cambridge) –

Internal & international migration:

Strand Organisers: Dr. Júlia Mikolai (University of St Andrews), Dr. Michael J. Thomas (Statistics Norway)  –

Children of immigrants:

Organisers: Dr. Matthew Wallace, Dr. Ben Wilson (University of Stockholm) –

Immigrant integration across industrialised countries:

Organisers: Professor Hill Kulu, Dr. Júlia Mikolai (University of St. Andrews) –

Spatial mobility & immobility: what does moving or not moving mean for social & political attitudes:

Organiser: Dr. Ian Shuttleworth (Queen’s University Belfast) –

Regional, subnational and local demography: its impact on policy-making for places

Strand organisers: Ben Corr (Greater London Authority), Dr. Mark Fransham (LSE) –

 Telling the story in statistics:

Organiser: Dr.Esther Roughsedge (National Records of Scotland) -

UK Data Service presents data impact stories

IOrganiser: Neil Dymond-Green (UK Data Service, Jisc)

BSPS Annual Conference 2019

BSPS CONFERENCE 2019 - University Hall, Cardiff University 9-11 September 2019

The 2019 BSPS Conference was held at University Hall, Cardiff University, 9-11 September.

Final programme

The plenary theme of the Conference was ‘An ageing population: opportunities and challenges’.   

Plenary speakers were Professor Carol Jagger (Newcastle University, Institute of Ageing), who spoke on The health and care needs of future older populations: opportunity or challenge?

 & Dr. Brian Beach (International Longevity Centre, UK) who spoke on Longevity in research and policy: What happens next?

Slides from both plenary presentations are available here.

The health and care needs.of future older populations

Longevity in research & policy


Abstracts are presented by session within strands, in the order in which papers are to be presented.

Ageing across the globe abstracts

Data quality abstracts

Developments in official population statistics abstracts

Families and households abstracts

Feminist approaches abstracts

Fertility abstracts

Health and mortality abstracts

Historical abstracts

Innovative data abstracts

Local demography abstracts

Migration mobilities abstracts

Plenary abstracts

Poster abstracts

Telling the story in statistics

Workshops and training sessions 2019

BSPS Annual Conference 2018

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