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CFP: PopFest 2012 (PG population studies conference), Loughborough, 21-23 June

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Another PG-organised conference, this time on the theme of Population Studies.

Second Call for papers – PopFest 2012, Loughborough University – 21st-23rd June 2012

PopFest is an annual population studies conference for postgraduate students organised by fellow postgraduates. To celebrate the 20th annual PopFest, the conference in 2012 will reflect on the past 20 years of population studies and look forward to the challenges facing population studies in the next 20 years. PopFest welcomes representatives from various disciplines such as Social Sciences, Demography, Human Geography, Social Anthropology, Social Statistics, Health, Development, Social Policy, Energy and other related fields.  All research projects, completed or in progress, relating to population studies will be welcomed.

Professor John Stillwell from the University of Leeds will be the keynote speaker for the event reflecting on increasing ethnic diversity of the UK population over the last 20 years. Professor John Stillwell’s research interests include internal and international population migration, geographical information systems (GIS), and regional development and planning.

Sir Jonathon Porritt, founder director of “Forum for the Future” and former chairman of the Sustainable Development Commission will deliver a plenary exploring the “next 20 years”, considering  future challenges to populations.  Sir Jonathon is an environmentalist and writer, dedicating his time to advising, campaigning, broadcasting and lecturing.

Potential themes are as follows:

    • Migration/mobility and integration
    • Population policies
    • Social participation and active citizenship
    • Fertility, contraception, sexual and reproductive behaviour and rights
    • Childhood and youth
    • Data uses and methodological approaches in population studies (inc. innovative methods)
    • Demography
    • Sustainable development
    • Historical population studies
    • The future of population studies
    • Future challenges to populations and population studies

There will also be a poster session during the conference to allow researchers to present their work in this format. PopFest also gives postgraduates the opportunity to chair sessions, if you are interested in chairing a session please contact us and we can try to find the best session for you to chair.

Abstracts (500 words max) and proposals for poster presentations should be submitted to by 20th March 2012.