This week, Dr. Stewart Fotheringham (University of St. Andrews) joins us as part of the Geography Seminar Series. He will be presenting on "A New View of the Demographic Impacts of the Irish famine through Geographically Weighted Regression" on Friday, March 15 in SN 2025 at 3:00 p.m.
The Great Irish Famine (approx 1845-49) had a major impact not only on Irish demographics but on the demographics of several other countries such as Canada, the US, the UK and Australia due to the diaspora created by the Famine. This seminar produces a new and more spatially detailed view of the impacts of the famine on population across Ireland by mapping data on population change at the level of 3,400 Electoral Divisions for the first time. Explanations are then sought in terms of spatially varying processes for the large variations in the impacts of the famine on population across the country.This is achieved by the application of Geographically Weighted Regression (GWR) which demonstrates the spatially complex nature of the way in which the famine affected population.