I graduated with an MA (Hons) in Geography and Economics from the University of St Andrews and a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Durham before taking up a temporary post as Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA. In 1980 I returned to a permanent lectureship at the University of St Andrews where I am now Professor in Geography. From 2004 to 2007, I served as Head of the School of Geography and Geosciences at St Andrews. I have also held appointments, in 2004, 2008 and 2012, as Senior Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore.
My research interests are in population and health geography. I have a particular interest in issues related to low fertility populations, both in Europe and Asia, and in the health of children who are left behind when their parents migrate to work in another country. I have recently completed a project on Housing Transitions and Changing Living Arrangements for Young and Older Adults in Scotland. My current research includes two large, collaborative, mixed-methods projects:
1. Child Health and Migrant Parents in South-East Asia (CHAMPSEA) II is following up children and their families in Indonesia and the Philippines who were first interviewed in 2008.
2. Fertility Change in the Context of Economic Recession and International Migration is researching recent fertility trends in three European countries (Italy, Spain and the UK) as part of the research programme of the ESRC Centre for Population Change.
A third project is investigating intergenerational exchanges and the health of older adults in Europe. I also retain a broad interest in the philosophical underpinnings of Geography and have published on philosophy in human geography and on the nature of theory in both human and physical geography.