Recent events

Connecting and collaborating with other organisations and individuals is central to our research.

Members of the research group are frequently involved in activities and events beyond St Andrews.

Here are a few highlights –

Brexit means?

Wednesday 25 October, 4.00 – 5.30 pm in the Byre Threatre St Andrews. For more information see here

A roundtable conversation, moderated by a member of the Cultural Identity Studies Institute, with:  Ryan K Beasley, Jasmine Gani, David McCollum and Kieran McConaghy from the Schools of Geography and International Relations of the University

Internal Migration Event, National Records of Scotland

An event focusing on internal migration in Scotland will take place on Wednesday 4th October, 2:30-4:30pm, hosted by National Records of Scotland, Ladywell House, Ladywell Road, Edinburgh

This event will focus on the findings of a recent project led by Dr David McCollum and colleagues at the Universities of St Andrews and Edinburgh which focused on recent internal migration trends in Scotland. Fore more details about the event here and the project here

NRS demographic and POPGROUP training programme

Alan Marshall, Ludi Simpson and Sarah Christison recently ran a three day course on Demographic methods and population projections (30th August to 1st September) sponsored by National Records of Scotland. For more details see their separate page on this site.

Summer 2017 conference season

Members of the Population and Health Conference have been sharing their reseach at academic conferences throughout the summer. Most recently researchers attended the RGS-IBG Annual Conference in London and the British Society of Population Studies annual conference in Liverpool.

PHRG researcher champions new Gender, Diversity and Inclusion (GDI) agenda

Dr Julia Mikolai, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Population and Health Research Group, has been awarded a Gender, Diversity and Inclusion (GDI) research grant to facilitate her work on preparing a funding application and a review article. The award was announced by Professor Paul Hibbert, Dean of Arts and Divinity at the University of St Andrews, on behalf of the Athena SWAN Culture and Organization Working Group.

International Conference on Population Geographies, June 2017

Population and Health members, David McCollum and Helen Packwood presented papers at the ICPG Conference in Seattle at the end of June. The three day conference at the University of Washington attracted researchers from across the globe. For more information on the program and keynote speakers click here

International Research and Policy Symposium on Family Changes and Housing Transitions, May 2017

Hill Kulu and Julia Mikolai organised an International Research and Policy Symposium on Family Changes and Housing Transitions in the Life Course. Invited keynote speakers were Prof William A. V. Clark from the University of California, Los Angeles and Prof Gerda Neyer from the University of Stockholm.


Academic presentations were the focus of the first day whereas the second day provided the opportunity for academic researchers and non-academic decision-makers to discuss the key findings and their policy implications. Panel members included Dr Andres Vikat (UNECE), Brian Robson (Joseph Rowntree Foundation), and Piers Elias (British Society for Population Studies).

ADRN conference, May 2017

Alan Marshall and Fiona Cox hosted a CALLS Hub-sponsored strand at a recent ADRN conference in Edinburgh.

The lineup of speakers includes a keynote talk by Prof. Johan Mackenbach (Erasmus), at the invitation of CALLS Hub. Four sessions are being sponsored by CALLS Hub with the aim of promoting the value of an international perspective to understandings of health inequalities and patterns/processes of migration using longitudinal census studies and population register data.

For further information, please select the conference agenda.

The Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America (PAA)
April 2017

The Population and Health Research Group from the School of Geography & Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews had a significant and successful presence at the recent Population Association of America Annual Meeting 2017.

The Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America (PAA) provides a forum for demographers, geographers, sociologists, economists, public health professionals, and other individuals interested in research and education in the field of population studies. In 2017 the PAA conference took place in Chicago, Illinois (USA), April 27-29.


Radstats Conference

18th Feb 2017


Nissa Finney, Alan Marshall, Glenna Nightingale, Albert Sabater and Bozena Wielgoszewska (now at the University of Edinburgh) organised the 2017 Radical Statistics Conference in Edinburgh.

CALLS Hub Webinar

13th December 2016

calls-1Fiona Cox and Alan Marshall delivered the first CALLS Hub webinar this week on the use of census longitudinal studies for research on health inequalities. The webinar featured excellent presentations from researchers at the University of Liverpool, St Andrews and Queen Mary University of London. A recording is now available on the CALLS Hub website at

Urban Health Collaborative Research Seminar

17-22nd November

Dr Allan Marshall presents at the Gerontological Society of America Conference in New Orleans and visits Dornsife School of Public Health to give a talk.



AQMeN International Conference: Rediscovering inequalities

26-27th October 2016


British Society for Population Studies Conference 2016

12-14th September 2016


European Population Conference 2016

31st August – 3rd September 2016

RGS-IBG Conference 2016

30th August – 2nd Septemeber 2016

Photo of DGSD at RGS