News & Outputs

1 May, 2008

Patrick Sturgis has become Professor of Research Methods

UPTAP researcher, Patrick Sturgis, has recently been given the title of Professor of Research Methods at the University of Southampton. We would like to wish our congratulations to him on his new post. His UPTAP project is entitled ‘Social and Political Trust: A Longitudinal and Comparative Perspective’. The project which is based at the Universities of Surrey and Essex was continue until it’s completion date at the end of August.

2 October, 2007

Successful applications in 2nd round of UPTAP funding

Successful applications in UPTAP Round 2 are the following (* indicates that the award is conditional):
Sylvia Dubuc (University of Oxford)
Small grant
Demographic characteristics and projections of ethnic minority and religious groups

Zhiqiang Feng (University of St Andrews)
Small grant
Neighbourhoods and the creation, stability and success of mixed ethnic unions*

Nissa Finney (University of Manchester)
Research Fellowship
Ethnic Group Population Change and Integration: A Demographic Approach to Small Area Ethnic Geographies

Vanessa Higgins (University of Manchester)
Small grant
Ethnic differences in diet, physical activity and obesity

Paula Kautt (Cambridge University)
Small grant
Ethnic Variation in Criminological Experiences: A Single and Multilevel Statistical Analysis of British Crime Survey Data, 2001-2006 *

Lavinia Mitton (University of Kent)
Small grant
‘Black Africans’ in Britain: Integration or Segregation

Phil Rees (University of Leeds)
Large grant
What happens when international migrants settle? Ethnic group population trends and projections for UK local areas under alternative scenarios

Albert Sabater (University of Manchester)
Postdoctoral Fellowship
Estimating segregation and diversity of ethnic groups over time in England and Wales, 1991-2001 *

Marina Shapira (University of Edinburgh)
Small grant
Understanding the Labour Market Impact of Immigration in Britain

Antonia Simon (Institute of Education)
Small grant
Exploring the movement of people from different ethnic groups into or out of wards with high or low density of their own ethnic group *

Xuan-Mai Stafford (UCL, University of Manchester)

Large grant
Racial Discrimination and Health: exploring the possible protective effects of ethnic identity *

Liz Twigg (University of Portsmouth, University of Southampton)
Small grant
Exploring the Goodhart thesis at the local scale: neighbourhood social heterogeneity and perceptions of quality of life in the British Crime Survey

14 March, 2007

Press coverage for Dimitris Ballas

Dimitris Ballas has recently been interviewed by the Yorkshire Post newspaper on his UPTAP project, ‘Exploring geographies of happiness and well-being in Britain.’ To read the full article, please click on the link below:

1 March, 2007

User Fellowships

Three UPTAP User Fellowships have been awarded. The following projects and researchers will now be joining the initiative:

1. Demographic indicators of cultural consumption

Orian Brook (Audiences London) and Paul Boyle (University of St Andrews)

2. Decomposition of changes in disability-free life expectancy by cause: England, 1991-2001

Dominica Rasulo (Office of National Statistics) and Ben Rickayzen (City University)

3. Understanding the unmet needs of families with severely disabled children

Mark Wooley (Family Fund) and Seraphim Alvanides (Newcastle University)

27 January, 2007

Yaojun Li

Congratulations to Yaojun Li, who has been offered a chair in Sociology at the University of Manchester. As of 1st April 2007, Yaojun’s new job will be that of a Professor of Sociology at the Institute for Social Change (ISC), which is a Harvard-Manchester joint project studying social capital and immigration.

2 November, 2006

Eric Kaufmann’s work on the cover of ‘Prospects’ magazine

Eric Kaufmann’s work on religion and demography went into an article that made the cover of this month’s Prospect magazine.

1 November, 2006

Daniel Guinea-Martin’s work in ‘Labour Market Trends’ :Occupational differences between the sexes declined faster in the 1990s

The tendency for men and women to work in separate occupations declined during the 1990s to a larger extent than in earlier decades, according to an article in the December issue of Labour Market Trends. This fall took place across all ethnic groups. Occupational differences between ethnic groups also fell. The article, which looks at England and Wales, primarily uses data from the 1991 and 2001 Censuses to examine occupational segregation and inequality by sex and by ethnic group. The Census, with its almost universal coverage, is the only data source that can support analysis at this level of detail. The article notes that earlier researchers found a broadly stable situation in the level of occupational sex segregation in Britain during the 20th century, with only a slightly declining trend. The fall became more pronounced following changes in the labour market and the introduction of equal opportunities legislation in the 1970s. The decline was greater between 1991 and 2001 than it had been between 1981 and 1991, partly because of the increase in the number of men and women working in service-related occupations (in which larger proportions of women have traditionally been employed). The research also found that in each ethnic group, other than Bangladeshis, men tended to work in better-paid occupations than women. However, the degree of male advantage decreased for most ethnic groups between 1991 and 2001, as did the relative advantage of White people compared with ethnic minority groups. By 2001 Indian men and women and Black Caribbean and Chinese women tended to be in better-paid occupations than their White counterparts.

Reference: Blackwell, L. and Guinea-Martin, D. (2005) Occupational segregation by sex and ethnicity in England and Wales, 1991 to 2001, An analysis of trends in occupational difference and inequality, Labour Market Trends, 113(12): 501-516–discontinued-/volume-113–no–12/occupational-segregation-by-sex-and-ethnicity-in-england-and-wales–1991-to-2001.pdf

19 September, 2006

Eric Kaufmann

Eric Kaufmann is organizing the following conference:

Political Demography: Ethnic, National and Religious Dimensions
29-30 September, 2006, at London School of Economics

Sponsored by the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN), in association with the Economic and Social Research Council
(ESRC) and British Academy

Demography - chiefly in the form of international migration and differential fertility rates - has enormous socio-political implications and is soaring in importance. Below replacement fertility in developed countries, increased global migration and differential fertility rates between groups within states are altering population balances. In addition, growing state reflexivity and democratisation - censuses, border controls and elections - magnify demographic changes.

In addition to three renowned scholars in the field, there will be seventeen panels with fifty papers addressing a range of issues involving demography, politics, ethnicity, religion, and nationalism. We welcome conference attendance from all interested members of the community.

Plenary Speakers:
Jack Goldstone - George Mason University
Michael Hout - University of California Berkeley
Monica Duffy Toft - Harvard University

For Further Information on the conference programme, and to register, please see the conference website at:

13 July, 2006

James Nazroo

James Nazroo is moving from Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at UCL to the Department of Sociology at the University of Manchester in October 2006.

6 June, 2006

Alison Smith

Alison Smith (Nuffield College, Oxford) has been appointed to a Lectureship in Social Policy at the University of Edinburgh from 1 March 2006 and has been allowed to transfer her UPTAP Post-doctoral Fellowship to Edinburgh for commencement on 1 August 2006.

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