Professor John Stillwell

Profile

Prof John Stillwell's research interests include internal and international population migration, planning support systems (PSS), and regional development and planning.

My research interests have always been in the general area of quantitative human geography with particular focus on the analysis and modelling of internal migration in different parts of the world.

As Director of the UK Data Service-Census Support (2011-2017), my responsibility was to coordinate the provision of online services delivering census data to the global user community.

As Director of the Centre for Interaction Data Estimation and Research CIDER (2006-2011), my responsibility was to provide an online interface for users to access and download Origin-Destination Statistics (ODS) and to understand patterns and processes of interaction behaviour, particularly internal migration, international migration, commuting to work and commuting to school.

As the national Coordinator of the ESRC’s Understanding Population Trends and Processes UPTAP programme (2005-2009), I oversaw a wide range of demographic projects by researchers in different disciplines across the UK and organise the dissemination of results within and beyond the academic community.

I am committed to demonstrating the relevance and practical importance of the research we do as geographers and that is why I am pleased to have edited the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Review for 20 years and the journal Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy since its launch in 2008.

PhD supervision: Current research students

  • Lili Xiang
  • Stephane Chatagnier

Current project

  • A Handbook of Planning Support Science (with Stan Geertman (Utrecht)r

Previous projects

  • IMAGE (Internal MIgration Around the GlobE) - ARC funded (including development of the IMAGE Studio with Kostas Daras)
  • Using Acxiom data for modelling migration - with Michael Thomas (Groningen) and Myles Gould
  • Planning Support Systems and Smart Cities: Book for CUPUM Confreence 2015 with Stan Geertman, Joe Ferreira and Rob Goodspeed
  • Planning Support Systems and Sustainable Cities: Book for CUPUM Conference 2013 with Stan Geertman and Fred Toppen (Utrecht)
  • CIDER: Centre for Interaction Data Estimation and Research ESRC funded - with Oliver Duke-Williams
  • The Provision and Development of a Census Interaction Data Service (CIDS) ESRC project with Oliver Duke-Williams (Leeds), Paul Boyle, and Zhiqiang Feng (St Andrews) (2001-2006)
  • Projection and scenario making for internal migration: models, methods and empirical applications Project with Nicole van de Gaag and Leo van Wissen (NIDI)
  • LIKNET: Leeds Initiative Knowledge Network and ‘Twenty-first Century Leeds' - Book with Rachael Unsworth (Leeds)
  • MicroMaPPAS: Micro-simulation modelling and predictive policy analysis system for Leeds Project with Dimitris Ballas (Sheffield) and Richard Kingston (Manchester) for Leeds City Council
  • Spatial effects of demographic trends and migration ESPON project with Phil Rees (Leeds) and others
  • Past and future interregional migration trends and patterns within EU countries: in search of a generally applicable explanatory model Project with Phil Rees (Leeds), Marek Kupiszewski (Warsaw) and NIDI for EUROSTAT
  • Applied GIS and spatial modelling - Book with Graham Clarke (Leeds)
  • Land use simulation for Europe - Book with Henk Scholten (Amsterdam)
  • Internal migration and population dynamics in Spain ESRC project with Arlinda Garcia Coll (Barcelona)
  • North Yorkshire in the twentieth century For Atlas of North Yorkshire with Robin Butlin (Leeds)
  • Migration in Australia and Britain: levels and trends in an age-period-cohort framework ESRC-ARC project with Phil Rees, Paul Boyle and Oliver Duke-Williams (Leeds) and Martin Bell, Graham Hugo and Marcus Blake (Adelaide)

Grants

  • Stillwell, J., Duke-Willimas, O., Hayes, J., Reid, J. and Wathan, J. (1 August 2012-30 September) UK Data Service-Census Support.  ESRC
  • Bell, M., Stillwell, J., Kupiszewski, M. and Zhu, Y. (2013-2016) Internal Migrtaion Across the GlobeE (IMAGE). Australian Research Council (ARC)
  • Journey to learn: geographical mobility and education provision ESRC CASE award commencing in October 2005
  • Stillwell, J. C. H and Duke Williams, O (August 06-July 11) Centre for Interaction Data Estimation and Research (CIDER) ESRC RES-348-25-0005
  • Stillwell, J.C.H (Nov 05 - Oct 09) Co-ordination of Understanding Population trends and processes (UPTAP) ESRC RES-16303401001
  • Stillwell J.C. H (June 07 - Jul 08) migration of Britain's ethnic groups with Sarena Hussain

Previous grants

  • Stillwell, J., Boyle, P. and Duke-Williams, O. (February 2000 to 31 January 2001) 'Web-based Interface to Census Interaction Data (WICID)', ESRC Award H507255162, University of Leeds Account 442370
  • Boyle, P., Stillwell, J. and Turton, I. (January 2000 to 31 December 2000) 'Integrating 1981, 1991 and 2001 Census Interaction Data
  • Stillwell, J. 'A Pilot Flexible Census Output System', ESRC Award
  • Rees, P. Stillwell, J. and Boyle, P. 'Migration in Australia and Britain: levels and trends in an age-period-cohort framework', ESRC.
  • Stillwell, J. 'Schools performance in Yorkshire and Humberside' Government Office for Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Rees, P. and Stillwell, J. 'Regional international migration and interregional migration within the European Union: A Feasibility Study, European Commission'
  • Stillwell, J. 'Deprivation-weighted regional population index to Support RSPCA resources planning', RSPCA.

Current teaching

  • GEOG 2042: Montpellier: Urban and Rural DEvelopment

Present position

  • Professor of Migration and Regional Development

Previous posts

  • 1997- 2003 Reader in Migration and Regional Development, School of Geography, University of Leeds
  • 1995-98 Chairman, School of Geography, University of Leeds
  • 1992-97 Senior Lecturer, School of Geography, University of Leeds
  • 1998 Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Guelph
  • 1984-88 Assistant Sub-Dean of Arts, University of Leeds
  • 1977-92 Lecturer, School of Geography, University of Leeds
  • 1976-77 Temporary Lecturer, School of Geography, University of Leeds

Qualifications & education

  • 1979 PhD, Leeds
  • 1973 BA Geography and Economics, Leeds

Membership of learned societies

  • 1976-present Member, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Population Geography Research Group
    (1998-2000 Chairman)
  • 1976-present Member, Regional Studies Association
  • 1976-present Member British Regional Science Association

Other details

Other posts

  • Director, Centre for Interaction Data Estimation and Research (CIDER)
  • Coordinator, Understanding Population Trends and Processes, (UPTAP) Initiative
  • Editor, Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy
  • Director of Postgraduate Studies, School of Geography, University of Leeds
  • Editor, The Yorkshire and Humber Regional Review

Outside activities

  • Squash
  • Rugby
  • Cricket
  • Golf

Conferences

2009

  • Stillwell, J.C.H. (2009) Understanding population trends and processes(UPTAP): the programme and its projects, Presentation at the UPTAP/GRO Scotland/Scottish Government Workshop on ‘Understanding Population Trends and Processes, Edinburgh, 12 February.
  • Stillwell, J.C.H. (2009) The ethnic dimension of Britain’s internal migration, Presentation in Human Geography Seminar Series, Department of Geography, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, 10 March.
  • Stillwell, J.C.H. (2009) The ethnic dimension of London’s internal migration, Presentation at the UPTAP Annual Conference, University of Leeds, Leeds, 23-25 March.

2008

  • Stillwell, J.C.H. (2008) Sources of interaction data in the UK, Presentation at the session on ‘handling Migration and Commuting data at ESRC Research Methods Festival, St Catherine’s Colleges, University of Oxford, 1-3 July.
  • Stillwell, J.C.H. (2008) Measuring ethnic migration using commissioned data, Presentation at the session on ‘Handling Migration and Commuting data at ESRC Research Methods Festival, St Catherine’s Colleges, University of Oxford, 1-3 July.
  • Stillwell, J.C.H., Hussain, S. and Norman, P. (2008) The internal migration of ethnic groups in Britain: a study using census macro and micro data, Paper presented at the European Association for Population Studies, Hotel Alimara, Barcelona, 9-12 July.
  • Stillwell, J.C.H. (2008) Internal migration by ethnicity: a London ward-level study, Paper presented at the UPTAP/BURISA Workshop on ‘Migration and Ethnicity’, City Hall, London, 26 September.
  • Stillwell, J.C.H. (2008) Understanding population trends and processes, Presentation at the UPTAP/BURISA Workshop on ‘Migration and Ethnicity’, City Hall, London, 26 September.
  • Norman, P., Boden, P. and Stillwell, J.C.H. (2008) Ethnic populations: the components for projection, Presentation to the Social Statistics Section, Royal Statistical Society, at the RSS, London, 2 December.

2007

  • Stillwell, J.C.H. (2007) WICID, CIDER and interaction data in the UK, Presentation at the School of Geography, Archaeology and Paleoecology, Queens University Belfast, 24 January.
  • Stillwell, J.C. H. and Harland, K. (2007) Commuting to school: spatial analysis and modelling for strategic education planning, Paper presented at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Hilton Hotel, San Francisco, 17-21 April.
  • Stillwell, J.C.H. (2007) Understanding population trends and processes, Presentation at the BURISA Conference in conjunction with the Royal Statistical Society, Royal Society, 18 May.
  • Stillwell, J.C.H. (2007) ESRC population change research challenge and UPTAP,  Presentation at plenary session, British Society for Population Studies, University of St Andrews, 11-13 September.
  • Dennett, A., Duke-Williams, O. and Stillwell, J.C.H. (2007) Towards an enhanced UK spatial interaction data service, Presentation for British Society for Population Studies, University of St Andrews, 11-13 September.
  • Stillwell, J.C.H. (2007) The impact of developments in geoinformation and geotechnology on the discipline of demography,  Presentation at the International Workshop on Geo-ICT and the Role of Location within Science, Amsterdam, 25-26 September.

2006

  • Harland, K. and Stillwell, J.C.H. 2006. Commuting to school: using PLASC for spatial analysis in Leeds, RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, RGS-IBG, Kensington Gore, London, 30 August-1 September.
  • Stillwell, J.C.H. and Harland, K. 2006. Support for planning in the education sector, 36th Annual Conference Regional Science Association International British and Irish Section, The Royal Hotel, Jersey, Channel Islands, 16-18 August..
  • Jali, R., Rees, P. and Stillwell, J. 2006. Changing patterns of internal migration in Malaysia, Paper to be presented at the Third International Population Geographies Conference, University of Liverpool, 19-21 June.
  • Harland, K., Duke-Williams, O. and Stillwell, J.C.H. 2006. Commuting to school: an investigation of 2001 Census STS and PLASC data, Presentation at GISRUK’06, University of Nottingham, 10 April.

2005

  • Stillwell, J.C.H. 2005. Ethnic distribution, immigration and internal migration in Britain: what evidence of linkage at the district scale?, Paper presented at the British Society for Population Studies Annual Conference, University of Kent at Canterbury, 12-14 September.
  • Stillwell, J.C.H. 2005. Census-based migration in the UK: That’s WICID, Paper presented at the 45th Congress of the European Regional Science Association, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 23-27 August.
  • Van Wissen, L., van der Gaag, N., Rees, P. and Stillwell, J.C.H. 2005. In search of a modelling strategy for projecting internal migration in European countries. Demographic versus economic-geographical approaches, Paper presented at the 45th Congress of the European Regional Science Association, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 23-27 August.
  • Stillwell, J.C.H. 2005. Inter-regional migration modelling: a review and assessment, Paper presented at the 45th Congress of the European Regional Science Association, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 23-27 August.
  • Stillwell, J.C.H. 2005. Providing access to census-based interaction data in the UK: that’s WICID, Presentation at the Third International Conference on Computing, Communications and Control Technologies (CCCT’05), Austin, Texas, 24-27 July.
  • Stillwell, J.C.H. 2005. Using WICID (Web-based Interface to Census Interaction Data) in the classroom, Presentation at the Third International Conference on Education and Information Systems: Technologies and Applications (EISTA’05), Orlando, Florida, 14-17 July.
  • Stillwell, J.C.H. and Duke-Williams, O. 2005. WICID and the 2001 census interaction data, Paper presented at the 9th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management (CUPUM05), University College London, 14-15 June.
  • Ballas, D., Clarke, G., Feldman, O., Gibson, P., Jin, J., Simmonds, D. and Stillwell, J.C.H. 2005. A spatial microsimulation approach to land-use modelling, Paper presented at the 9th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management (CUPUM05), University College London, 14-15 July.

2004

  • Phillips, D., Stillwell, J.C.H. and Burrage, A. 2004. Integration or isolation? The geographies of ethnic minorities in Leeds, Paper prepared for the British Society of Population Studies Conference, University of Leicester, 13-15 September.
  • Rees, P., Stillwell, J.C.H. and Tyler-Jones, A. 2004. Population structure and life expectancy: community area dynamics in Leeds, 1991-2001, Paper presented at the Second International Conference on ‘Population Geographies’, RGS (with IBG) Population Geography Research Group, University of St. Andrews, 11-14 August.
  • Ballas, D., Kingston, R. and Stillwell, J.C.H. 2004. Using a spatial microsimulation decision support system for policy scenario analysis, Paper presented at the Seventh International Conference on Design and Decision Support Systems in Architecture and Urban Planning, De Ruwenberg, The Netherlands, 2-5 July.

2003

  • Stillwell, J.C.H., van Wissen, L., van der Gaag, N. and Rees, P.H. 2003. In search of a generally applicable explanatory model of interregional migration, Paper presented at the 13th European Colloquium on Theoretical and Quantitative Geography, Lucca, 5-9 September.

2002

  • Stillwell, J.C.H. and Ballas, D. 2002. Neighbourhood classification and microsimulation modelling, Paper at the Leeds Futures Group Meeting, Leeds University Business School, 3 September.
  • Debenham, J., Clarke, G. and Stillwell, J.C.H. 2002. Extending geodemographic classifications, Paper presented at the 32nd Annual Conference of the Regional Science International (British and Irish Section), Dudley Hotel, Brighton and Hove, 21-23 August.
  • Stillwell, J.C.H. and Duke-Williams, O. 2002. Internet access to census migration and journey-to-work data, Paper presented at the 32nd Annual Conference of the Regional Science International (British and Irish Section), Dudley Hotel, Brighton and Hove, 21-23 August.
  • Stillwell, J.C.H. and Duke-Williams, O. 2002. Web-based information service providing access to Great Britains census interaction data sets, Paper presented at the Population Geographies Conference, (Session 5B: Methodological Innovations), University of St Andrews, St Andrews, 19-22 July
  • Debenham, J., Stillwell, J. and Clarke, G. 2002. Extending geodemographic classification using supply side and dynamic variables, Paper presented at the XVI AESOP Congress (Track 15 Urban Modelling), University of Thessaly, Volos, 12-15 July, 2002.
  • Stillwell, J.C.H. and Duke-Williams, O. 2002. Web access to census interaction data sets, Paper presented at the XVI AESOP Congress (Track 6: Information Technology in Planning), University of Thessaly, Volos, 12-15 July.
  • Karikari, I., Stillwell, J. and Carver, S. 2002. The application of GIS to support land administration services in Ghana, Paper presented at GISRUK 2002, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, 3-5 April

2001

  • Stillwell, J. and Duke-Williams, O. 2001. A new interface for accessing census interaction data on the web, Paper presented at Geocomputation 2001, University of Queensland, 24-26 September.
  • Stillwell, J.C.H. and Duke-Williams, O. 2001. 2001 and the future of census interaction data, Paper presented at the Conference on ‘Census: Present and Future, University of Leicester, 16-17 November.
  • Debenham, J., Clarke, G. and Stillwell, J.C.H. 2001. Improving geodemographics for business: adding supply-side variables, Paper presented at the 12th European Colloquium on Theoretical and Quantitative Geography, Saint Valery-en-Caux, 7-11 September.
  • Stillwell, J.C.H., Eyre, H. and Rees, P.H. 2001. Incorporating international migration flows into the DETR migration model, Paper presented at the 31st Annual Conference of the Regional Science Association International British and Irish Section, Durham Castle, 5-7 September.
  • Stillwell, J.C.H. and Garcia Coll, A. 2001. Internal migration and population dynamics in Europe: Spain case study, Paper presented at the session on Internal Migration and Regional Population: Studies across European Countries, European Population Conference 2001, Haaga Hotel, Helsinki, 7-9 June.
  • Stillwell, J.C.H. and Duke-Williams, O. 2001. Web-based Interface to Census Interaction Data (WICID): Final Report and Demonstration, Paper presented at Fourth Workshop of the ESRC/JISC 2001 Census Development Programme, University of Leeds, 15-16 May.
  • Champion, A., Fotheringham, S., Coombes, M., Rees, P., Eyre, H., Macgill, J., Stillwell, J., Bramley, G., Hollis, J. and Wilson, T. with Ford, T., Alvanides, S., Charlton, M., Bailey, A., Duke-Williams, O. and Anderson, H. 2001. Development of a migration model for the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions, Paper presented at the session on Applied Spatial Modelling and Decision Support Systems organised by the QMRG, RGS-IBG Annual Conference, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, 3-5 January.
  • Duke-Williams, O. and Stillwell, J.C.H. 2001. Accessing census interaction data on the web, Plenary poster session, GISRUK 2001, 9th Annual Conference, Glamorgan Business Centre, University of Glamorgan, (awarded the £100 best poster prize).

2000

  • Duke-Williams, O.D. and Stillwell, J.C.H. 2000. The development of a web-based interface to census interaction data, Paper presented at the Fifth International Conference on Geocomputation, University of Greenwich, August, 2000.
  • Rees, P.H., Eyre, H. and Stillwell, J.C.H. 2000. Regional international migration and inter-regional migration in European countries, in the 1990s, Paper presented at the session on Migration in Europe in the 1990s, organised by the Population Geography Research Group at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference, University of Sussex, 4-7 January, 2000.
  • Stillwell, J.C.H. 2000. Applied research through partnership: the experience of the Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Research Observatory, Paper presented at a seminar on Los Observatorios Regionales de Políticas Públicas como Herramientas de Gestión de Información: Una Aproximación al Estudio del Rendimiento Autonómico, at the Centro de Estudios de Gestión, Análisis y Información, Campus de Somosaguas, La Universidad Complutense, Madrid, 23-24 November, 2000.
  • Stillwell, J.C.H. and Duke-Williams, O.D. 2000. WICID: A Web Interface to Census Interaction Data, Presentation at the Second Workshop on Project Deliverables and Results, ESRC/JISC 2001 Census Development Programme, Royal Statistical Society, London, 1 November, 2000.
  • Stillwell, J.C.H., Bell, M., Blake, M., Duke-Williams, O.D. and Rees, P.H. 2000. A comparison of net migration and migration effectiveness in Australia and the United Kingdom, 1976-96, Paper presented at international conference on The Census of Population: 2000 and Beyond at the University of Manchester, 22-23 June 2000.
  • Stillwell, J.C.H. and Duke-Williams, O.D. 2000. Web Interface to Census Interaction Data (WICID): Progress Report and Demonstration, Presentation at the Second Workshop, ESRC/JISC 2001 Census Development Programme, University of Leeds, Leeds, 3-4 May 2000.
  • Stillwell, J.C.H., Smith, D. and Clarke, G.P. 2000. Leeds as a regional employment centre, Paper presented at the seminar on Leeds in the Region, organised by Leeds Initiative, Cathedral Chambers, Leeds, 2 March 2000.
  • Stillwell, J.C.H. and García Coll, A. 2000. Population dynamics and internal migration in Spain, Paper presented at the session on Migration in Europe in the 1990s, organised by the Population Geography Study Group at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference, University of Sussex, 4-7 January, 2000.

1999

  • Bell, M., Blake, M., Hugo, G., Boyle, P., Duke-Williams, O., Rees, P. and Stillwell, J. 1999. Comparing internal migration between nations: migration intensity and concentration in Australia and Britain, Paper presented at the workshop on Cross-national Comparative Population Analysis organised by the Population Geography Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), University of Leeds, 20-21 May, 1999.
  • Champion, A., Fotheringham, S., Rees, P., Boyle, P. and Stillwell, J.C.H., 1999. The determinants of migration flows in England: a review of existing data and evidence, Paper presented at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference at Leicester, 4-7 January 1999.
  • Stillwell, J.C.H. and Duke-Williams, O. 1999. Web-based Interface to Census Interaction Data (WICID), Presentation at the Workshop on Project Proposals and Feedback, ERSC 2001 Census Development Programme, RGS, London, 27 October 1999.
  • Stillwell, J.C.H. and García Coll, A. 1999. Spatial patterns of working age inter-provincial migration in Spain, 1988-9a, Fifth International Conference of Regional Studies Association, University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, 18-20 September 1999.
  • Stillwell, J.C.H. and Eyre, H. 1999. RIM and IRM: is there a linkage?, Paper presented at the  workshop on Cross-national Comparative Population Analysis organised by the Population Geography Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), University of Leeds, 20-21 May, 1999.

Conferences

Organised

  • Understanding Population Trends and Processes: A Secondary Data Analysis Initiative, Workshop of the ESRC-funded UPTAP Initiative, University of Leeds, March 2007.
  • Pupil Mobility and Commuting to School, Session organised with Kirk Harland on behalf of the Population Geography Research Group (PGRG) at RGS-IBG Annual Conference, Royal Geographical Society, London, 29-21 August, 2007.
  • Understanding Population Trends and Processes: Session at the British Society for Population Studies Annual Conference, University of St Andrews, 11-13 September, 2007
  • Understanding Population Trends and Processes, Inaugural conference of the ESRC-funded UPTAP innitiive, University of Leeds, 30-31 March 2006.
  • Understanding Population Trends and Processes, Two Sessions at the RGS-IBG Annual Analysis, Seminar at Local Goverenment Association, London, 28 November, 2006.
  • Understanding Population Trends and Processes: Building Capacity for Secondary data Analysis, Seminar at Local Government Association, London, 28 November, 2006.
  • 'Applied Spatial Modelling and Decision Support Systems' on behalf of the Quantitative Methods Research Group at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference, University of Plymouth, January 2001
  • 'Migration in Europe in the 1990s', PGRG session, RGS-IBG Annual Conference, University of Sussex, 4-7 January, 2000
  • 'Cross-national comparative population analysis' PGRG Conference, University of Leeds, 20-21 May 1999
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