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PhD Studentship in Demography / Social Statistics
15/04/2015- News
PhD Studentship in Demography / Social Statistics
The University of Liverpool invites applications from qualified and highly motivated students for a three-year PhD studentship in Demography / Social Statistics. The PhD studentship is funded by the School of Environmental Sciences (SoES) and it will cover: 1) Tuition fee to the amount of a standard fee for UK/EU students (£4,052 in the 2015–16 academic year); 2) A maintenance grant of £14,210 per year; and 3) A research training support grant of £1,000 per year. The studentship is restricted to home/EU students.

We welcome applications in any substantive area of demography (health and mortality; family and fertility; internal and international migration). The methodology of the project should include the analysis of longitudinal data; priority might be given to applicants interested in extending longitudinal models to also measure contextual and spatial effects (e.g. multilevel survival / event history analysis; spatial multilevel models).

Students with a first class or an upper secondary master’s degree in social sciences or statistics / mathematics who are interested in this opportunity must submit an application to the SoES PGR office ( by 20th May 2015 for consideration. Please include ‘PhD Studentship in Demography/Social Statistics’ in the subject line of your email. The full application consists of: 1) A PhD proposal of (max) 1,500 words, which outlines research problem and objectives, describes data and methods and provides a brief timetable of the project; 2) An academic CV (max one page); 3) Copies of transcripts of undergraduate and master’s degrees; and 4) Two reference letters.

The successful applicant will become a member of the Population and Spatial Analysis research group at the School of Environmental Sciences, which combines expertise in advanced techniques of demographic, longitudinal and spatial analysis. S/he will be also involved in the activities of the newly launched Centre for Spatial Demographics Research. Current PhD students are working on various demographic topics including the analysis of health and mortality patterns, family and fertility dynamics, educational and other life course choices, migration and residential mobility; all projects apply advanced quantitative methods (e.g. survival analysis, random-effects / multilevel models, multistate models, geostatistical models).

For further details on the SoES PhD community and the Population and Spatial Analysis research group, please see: This is an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated PhD student to work on a research topic, which addresses an important demographic topic and applies / extends quantitative methodology. The student will be expected to prepare a PhD thesis as a collection of research articles.

The studentship is available from 1st October 2015. For informal inquiries, please contact Hill Kulu ( Please include ‘PhD Studentship in Demography/Social Statistics’ in the subject line of your email.

Call for papers: Quetelet Seminar 2015 – Local Demography. Relations between population, place of residence and public policy
01/06/2015- Call for papers
Call for papers: Quetelet Seminar 2015 – Local Demography. Relations between population, place of residence and public policy
Submissions, which may concern the demographic past, present or future, will refer to any of the following topics: Methods and techniques for observing local populations The diversity of demographic structures and behaviour, at a local and regional scale: from description to explanation To what extent do characteristics (economic, social, cultural, environmental...) of place of residence determine demographic behaviour? Submit your proposal to:
Equal Rights Linked to More Commitment
13/04/2015- Pop Digests
Equal Rights Linked to More Commitment
Relationship Preferences Among Gay and Lesbian Online Daters: Individual and Contextual Influences
Several studies have examined attractiveness standards and aspects of romantic relationships of gay men and lesbians. However, despite the growing popularity of digital dating markets among individuals with same-sex preferences, no studies have yet to examine their relationship intentions and values when searching for a partner online. In their current publication, Gina Potârcă, Melinda Mills and Wiebke Neberich explore two aspects of relationship preferences: long-term dating intentions (i.e., interest in starting a long-lasting relationship) and belief in monogamy.
Teenage Cohabitation, Marriage, and Childbearing
10/04/2015- News
Teenage Cohabitation, Marriage, and Childbearing
Cohabitation is an integral part of family research. However, little work examines cohabitation among teenagers or links between cohabitation and teenage childbearing. Researchers Wendy D. Manning and Jessica A. Cohen examined family formation activities of 3,945 15–19 year old women from the mid 1990s through 2010. With interesting results:

Teenage cohabitation and marriage are both positively associated with higher odds of having a child. The vast majority of single pregnant teenagers do not form a union before the birth of their child; only 22% cohabit and 5% marry. Yet most single pregnant teenagers eventually cohabit, 59 % did so by the child’s third birthday and about 9% marry. Cohabitation is an important part of the landscape of the adolescent years, and many teenage mothers described as “single mothers” are actually in cohabiting relationships.

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