University of St Andrews

DGSD student wins national prize for her honours dissertation in Geography

Friday 14 November 2014

Caitlin Aylward, who graduated in May 2014, has won second place in the Joanna Stillwell Prize for the best undergraduate dissertation in population geography across the UK.

Caitlin was supervised by Professor Elspeth Graham and studied fertility variations and sex ratios at birth in China. She used data from the sixth National Population Census of the People’s Republic of China and statistical modelling to identify factors that account for province- level differences. She also demonstrated a spatial pattern that connects the provinces with the nation’s highest fertility levels to provinces with the nation’s most elevated sex ratios at birth. Caitlin will receive a cheque from the Population Geography Research Group of the RGS-IBG, which administers the Joanna Stillwell Prize.