PSG Student Paper Prize Winners!

The winners of this year’s PSG student paper prize are Maia Call, UNC Chapel Hill, and Emily Frazier, University of Tennessee. The title of Call’s paper is, “What drives environmental migrants? Longitudinal evidence from Uganda.” Frazier’s paper is titled, “Memory, Migration, and Religion: Syrian Refugee Integration in Bradford, UK.”

Congratulations to both winners!

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Research Excellence Award Goes to Clark Gray and David Lopez-Carr!

The 2017 PSG Research Excellence Award was given to Clark Gray, UNC Chapel Hill, and David Lopez-Carr, UC Santa Barbara at this year’s annual AAG meeting in Boston. The awards were commemorated with a special panel session on Population and Environment, a sub-field of population geography to which both Gray and Lopez-Carr have made notable contributions. Congratulations to both!IMG_2837

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Multiple Postdoctoral Associate Positions!

1. Brown University: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Spatial Analysis

The Research Associate will participate in a variety of research projects under the direction of Dr. John Logan and associated with the University’s initiative on Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences. The tentative starting date is 7/1/17. Major current studies are focused on the use of historical census data for the period 1880-1940 for which 100% population microdata are available. These projects have a major geographical component that includes drawing historically accurate GIS street maps of major cities, identifying enumeration district boundaries, and geocoding individual addresses. Projects include: 1) examination of Bayesian models to improve small area estimation, 2) identification of neighborhoods based on race, ethnicity, and class composition, 3) studies of neighborhood change and segregation trends over time, and 4) analyses of individuals’ recruitment into specific locations. These projects require familiarity with GIS and spatial analysis methods and experience working with census data and similar large-scale datasets.

QUALIFICATIONS

The position requires familiarity with GIS and spatial analysis methods and experience working with census data and similar large-scale datasets. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in hand or firmly expected in a relevant field by September 2017.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Apply online at http://apply.interfolio.com. Applications need to include (a) a cover letter describing expertise related to the position; (b) a curriculum vitae, (c) relevant manuscripts; and (d) names and addresses of three references who can be asked to write on behalf of the applicant. A review of applications will begin by January 15, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

Contact Ana Karina Wildman (ana_wildman@brown.edu) with any questions.

2. Brown University: Postdoctoral Research Associate

The Research Associate will participate in a recently funded National Science Foundation (NSF) project under the direction of Dr. Rachel Franklin and associated with the University’s initiative on Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4) and the Population Studies and Training Center (PSTC). The tentative starting date is 7/1/17.

The project addresses spatial and demographic patterns of decline at the city and county levels and emphasizes the importance of spatial context in characterizing loss. Meeting project objectives of developing county- and city-level typologies of decline and investigating demographic change and migration patterns associated with different types of areas will require a background in GIS and spatial analysis, as well as experience working with relatively large spatial datasets. Project components include the development of new measures of place-specific population change that incorporate spatial context and temporal scale. This typology of population change will identify various types of declining and growing places, according to recent population change, the growth trajectory of neighboring areas, and population change in previous decades; the identification of the demographic sources of population decline (fertility, mortality, and migration) associated with each category of population change and investigation of variations in migrant characteristics and destinations by decline type; the evaluation of the demographic burden of decline (i.e., differences in the characteristics of those exposed to population decline), with special focus on the characteristics of those living in areas declining at multiple spatial scales; and an assessment of the dynamics of decline in order to elucidate how age structure, residential segregation, population composition and distribution, and poverty levels change when places lose population.

QUALIFICATIONS

This project requires familiarity with GIS and spatial analysis methods and experience working with census data and similar large-scale datasets. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in hand or firmly expected in a relevant field by September 2017. Applications will be considered beginning January 15, 2017, and new applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Apply online at http://apply.interfolio.com. On-line applications need to include (a) a cover letter describing expertise related to the position; (b) a curriculum vitae, (c) relevant manuscripts; and (d) names and addresses of three references who can be asked to write on behalf of the applicant.

Contact Ana Karina Wildman (ana_wildman@brown.edu) with any questions.

3. Postdoctoral researcher at Centre for Demographic Research, Louvain-la Neuve

The Centre for Demographic Research of the Université catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium – www.uclouvain.be/demo) recruits a Postdoctoral researcher to work on the ARC-funded LIMA project.

“Personal Aspirations and Processes of Adaptation: How the Legal framework Impacts on Migrants’ Agency”

Description of tasks:

The postdoctoral researcher will work in collaboration with the lead researchers. He/she will participate in the following tasks:

– Analysis of large-scale longitudinal databases on migration, administrative status and employment (population register, crossroads bank for social security).

– Design, implementation and analysis of a quantitative biographic survey among Congolese, Indian and American migrants in Belgium.

– Contribution to multidisciplinary articles on migration and integration.

Profile
:

– PhD in demography, quantitative sociology or related discipline.

– Strong quantitative skills and experience individual longitudinal data.

– A good knowledge of STATA or R.

– Strong interest in international migration research.

– An experience in the organization of a quantitative survey is an asset.

– Good working knowledge of English and/or French.

– Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team.

Conditions
:

– Starting date: between October 2016 and January 2017.

– Duration: 18 months (possibility of renewal, conditional on availability of funds).

– Candidates should have completed their PhD in the past 5 years.

– Candidates should not have lived in Belgium for more than 12 months in the past 3 years.

– Net monthly allowance of 2,230 €.

Application
Applications will include a complete CV, a motivation letter and the names and addresses of two reference persons.

Applications should be sent (by e-mail) before September 30, 2016.
 Bruno SCHOUMAKER
, Centre de recherche en démographie, 
Université catholique de Louvain, 
bruno.schoumaker@uclouvain.be.

The LIMA Project: “Personal Aspirations and Processes of Adaptation: How the Legal framework Impacts on Migrants’ Agency”
The LIMA project examines how legal frameworks – Belgian and European – correlate with third country national migrants’ agency. The scientific aim is twofold: understand how legal frameworks shape migrants’ professional, family and migratory trajectories and life projects; and analyse if, and which strategies migrants develop to bend the rules and circumvent obstacles, and/or use the opportunities offered by legal systems to fulfil their professional and family aspirations.

This interdisciplinary project is conducted by researchers in migration law, demographers and sociologists.
 
www.uclouvain.be/771256.html.

4. Ined Postdoctoral Position

Ined is recruiting to fill one postdoctoral position for its project “Global-Race” funded by ANR, with an appointment term of two years. The position will be attached to the research unit “International Migration and Minorities”.and the activities will be performed with the project team (see here: http://global-race.site.ined.fr/).

Profile: Doctoral degree in Social science and an experience in research on one or more of the topics related to racism, discriminations, equality policies or statistical classifications. Oral and written command of English and French. Knowledge of other European languages will be appreciated.

Working conditions: Fixed-term contract of two years with effect on 1 November 2016. The gross salary will depend on previous experience and range between 2350€ and 2733€ monthly (gross).

Application procedure: The application, written in French or English, shall contain a letter of application explaining your interest for the position, a CV and the name, e-mail address and phone numbers of two references. The application should be sent by mail at simon@ined.fr before September 26, 2016.

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Call for Nominations: Research Excellence Award!

The board of the AAG Population Specialty Group (PSG) is seeking nominations for its Research Excellence Award. This award will be presented at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Boston in April 2017.

The Award will be given to an early- or mid-career scholar for research excellence in the field of population geography, either in the form of a single piece of published work or a continuing record of high accomplishment.

Nominations should include a letter that details the accomplishments of the nominee and a short biographical sketch. Please email your nominations to Fernando Riosmena, Vice President of the Population Specialty Group (Fernando.Riosmena@colorado.edu ).

Upon receipt of the nominations, the board members of the Population Specialty Group will select the award recipients. The deadline for submission of nominations is October 25, 2016.

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John Weeks Given PSG Lifetime Achievement Award!

IMG_2375John Weeks, San Diego State University, was given the PSG’s highest award last week at the AAG annual meeting in San Francisco: the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Professor Weeks’ scholarly and mentoring contributions to population geography were celebrated with a special session in his honor, along with a beautiful reception hosted by Cengage publishing.

Congratulations!

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Call for Nominations: PSG Lifetime Achievement Award

The board of the AAG Population Specialty Group (PSG) is seeking nominations for its Lifetime Achievement Award. This award will be presented at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers in San Francisco in March-April 2016.

Lifetime Achievement Award: This award recognizes an eminent geographer for his or her outstanding contributions to the field of population geography through research, teaching, professional services, and mentoring.

The winner’s achievements will be celebrated at a special session at the annual meeting in San Francisco.

Nominations should include a letter that details the accomplishments of the nominee and a short biographical sketch. Please email your nominations to Rachel Franklin, Chair of the Population Specialty Group (rachel_franklin@brown.edu).

Upon receipt of the nominations, the board members of the Population Specialty Group will select the award recipient. The deadline for submission of nominations is October 31, 2015. Please contact Rachel Franklin with any questions.

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PSG Sponsored Sessions and Business Meeting

Population Specialty Group is sponsoring a number of sessions this year.  Here is a pdf with the listing.  If you are interested in joining PSG, note that the business meeting is on Wednesday from 7:15 – 8:15 in the Grand Suite 3, Hyatt, East Tower.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

PSG Program AAG 2015 Chicago

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