Events and Activities

Activities in St Andrews

Events beyond St Andrews

Activities in St Andrews

Population and Health Research Cluster meetings

  • The Research Cluster meets twice a month (Tuesday afternoons). All welcome!
  • All meetings are held from 3.30 (for 3.45)-4.45pm
  • Meetings begin with conversation and coffee (bring-your-own drink, biscuits provided!)
  • For a full list of the next few months click here

Upcoming sessions

Tuesday 16th May from 1-2pm in the George Cumming Room
Guest Research Presentation – Dr Andreas Stenling, Umeå University, Sweden on ‘Longitudinal data analysis: Promises, pitfalls, and challenges’

This presentation will focus on important issues related to analyses of longitudinal data, such as theories of change and time and disaggregation of between- and within-person processes. It will be a non-technical discussion about key concepts related to longitudinal data analysis with a special emphasis on within-person change.

Example recent papers:

Stenling, A., & Tafvelin, S. (2016). Transfer of training after an organizational intervention in Swedish sports clubs: A self-determination theory perspective. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 38, 493-504. doi:10.1123/jsep.2016-0084 [IF = 2.379]

 Stenling, A., Ivarsson, A., & Lindwall, M. (2017). The only constant is change: Analyzing and understanding change in sport and exercise psychology research. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 10, 230-251. doi:10.1080/1750984X.2016.1216150 [IF = 3.682]

Tuesday 16th May, 3.30-5pm, Seminar room 310 (Irvine) Dr Timothy Riffe (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research)

‘Extensions and applications of the Lexis diagram’


The Lexis diagram is a Cartesian plane defined by calendar time (P) and age (A). Birth cohorts (C) are a third and redundant alternate coordinate also defining this plane. Demographic quantities may be patterned along any of these three time measures, and such patterns may be useful for either predicting or understanding demographic processes. The APC relationship is familiar to most population scientists and considered fundamental. This temporal plane instrument may be defined on the basis of other time measures. For example, time in the labour market, time until retirement, and length of working life form an identity, and these can be used as Lexis-like Cartesian coordinates to reveal patterns over the working life course. The instrument is therefore general. I will give a condensed introduction to these concepts and a variety of suggested applications in different domains of research.


Previous meetings

Tuesday 4th April: Research Presentation – Helen Packwood

Helen will present her work on educational transitions and trajectories.

Tuesday 21st March: Guest Research Presentation – Dr Gemma Catney and Professor Chris Lloyd (Liverpool)

Tuesday 7th March: Guest Research Presentation – Dr Theodora Lam (National University of Singapore)

Tuesday 21st February: Elspeth, Albert and Nissa

Tuesday 7th February: Research Presentation – Hill Kulu and Julia Mikolai

Tuesday 24th January: Research Presentation – Paula Duffy

Tuesday 10th January: Research Presentation: Inequalities in wellbeing

Tuesday 6th December – Guest Research Presentation: Prof Vernon Gayle

Tuesday 22nd November – Reading Group: Migrant times beyond the lifecourse

Tuesday 8th November – Research Update: Migration within Scotland

Tuesday 4th October: Research Presentation – Albert Sabater and Elspeth Graham

Tuesday 20th September: Seminar with Tom Slater

Tuesday 6th September: Cluster meeting – Roundtable update

Tuesday 23rd August: Research Presentation – Nissa Finney

Tuesday 9th August: Cluster meeting

Tuesday 26th July: Research Presentation – Benet Reid

Tuesday 12th July: Presentations from Research Visitors

Tuesday 28th June: Research Presentation – David McCollum

Tuesday 14th June: Student Mobility Research Presentations – Glenna Nightingale and Laura Prazeres


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Events beyond St Andrews

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.

Researchers from the Population and Health Research Group presented and discussed new research in presentations (2) and poster sessions (5) at this important event of the year (see below a full list of presentations and posters with our staff). In addition, the following poster contributions by members of our staff and/or in collaboration with St Andrews received poster awards at PAA 2017:

Parental Support and Transition to Second Birth in a Low-Fertility Setting: The Case of Andalusia in Spain; Albert Sabater, Elspeth Graham, Francisco J. Viciana, Diego Ramiro-Fariñas. Best PAA poster in the poster session 8: Fertility, Family Planning, Sexual Behavior, and Reproductive Health.

Make Up or Break Up? Union Histories of Young Adults in England and Wales; Alina Pelikh, Hill Kulu, Julia Mikolai. Best PAA poster in the poster session 2: Family Demography.


  1. Redundancy and the Great Depression in the Metropolitan Region of Barcelona: Philanthropic Records as a New Source for the Study of Poverty; Juan Galeano,Albert Sabater, Andreu Domingo
  2. Fertility by Birth Order Among the Descendants of Immigrants in Selected European Countries; Hill Kulu, Tina Hannemann, Ariane Pailhe, Karel Neels, Allan Puur, Amparo Gonzalez-Ferrer, Gunnar Andersson, Laura Bernardi, Sandra Krapf


  1. Parental Support and Transition to Second Birth in a Low-Fertility Setting: The Case of Andalusia in Spain;; Albert Sabater, Elspeth Graham, Francisco J. Viciana, Diego Ramiro-Fariñas
  2. Short- and Long-Term Effects of Separation on Housing Tenure in England and Wales; Julia Mikolai, Hill Kulu
  3. Separation and Spatial Mobility: A Cross-National Comparison; Hill Kulu, Julia Mikolai, Sergi Vidal, Christine Schnor, Didier Willaert, Fieke H. L. Visser, Clara H. Mulder, Michael J. Thomas
  4. Make Up or Break Up? Union Histories of Young Adults in England and Wales; Alina Pelikh, Hill Kulu, Julia Mikolai
  5. Unravelling Urban-Rural Health Disparities in England: Context or Composition? Rebecca Allan, Paul Williamson, Hill Kulu


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


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