Author Archives: Jason

The Rostock Retreat on Visualisation

Retreating from conferences Picture it. You’ve been working on your presentation for a big conference for months. Last night, insomnia took hold and you were running through your slides in a sweat. You’re there, ready to present, and you look around the room and you see a sparse sea of faces, most of whom look […]

Forecasting the outcome of the World Cup

The World Cup begins this week, in the face of controversy over corruption and venality in FIFA and continuing protests in the host nation Brazil against the incredible cost of the tournament and the harsh¬†crackdowns on favela residents. Apart from the obvious moral and political debates, there are interesting demographic angles that could be taken […]

Open Access and Demographic Research

Open access has been a hot topic¬†in academic communities recently. In the UK, recent changes in policy by the government and Research Councils have led to concerns that the revenues of publishing companies are being protected at the expense of the publicly-funded science budget. Elsewhere, the quality of some open access journals has been put […]

Modelling Demographic Processes using Agent-Based Simulation

Agent-Based Simulation (ABS) is not yet a common-place term in demographic circles: a quick search of some of the major demographic journals yields not more than a handful of articles that use this or similar terms, and fewer still that have tackled research questions from this perspective. Despite this, it is a methodology which has […]