29 November 2021 - 01 December 2021
Although global population is still growing, an ever larger number of regions and countries are experiencing a decline in population size, and the COVID-19 pandemic may have further accelerated the process. Undoubtedly, depopulation poses many challenges from economic, social, political, and strategic perspectives. In the public and policy discourse, negative views are often emphasized but may population decline also open up opportunities?
This conference aims to bring together researchers from around the world working on population decline and its consequences from demographic, economic, sociological, political, environmental, and geographical perspectives and will focus on the following topics:
Deadline for sending abstracts for contributed papers or posters: 15 June 2021
Paper submissions online including:
The authors of accepted papers will be informed in July 2021.
Title: The Causes and Consequences of Depopulation
Date: 29 November - 1 December 2021
Location: full distance mode via Zoom
For detailed information and registration please visit the event website.
About the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, OeAW, University of Vienna)
The Wittgenstein Centre is a collaboration between the Department of Demography at the University of Vienna, the World Population Program at IIASA, and the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW).
The Centre combines the partners’ strengths in the fields of demography, human capital formation and analysis of the returns to education. It builds on a highly successful collaboration that has already generated significant scientific advances. “Human capital” refers to the human resource base in terms of the number of people and their changing structure by age, gender, location, education, health status, cognitive skills and other relevant characteristics. Its intent is to provide a sound scientific foundation for decision-making at various levels.
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Program Director and Principal Research Scholar Population and Just Societies Program
Acting Research Group Leader and Principal Research Scholar Migration and Sustainable Development Research Group - Population and Just Societies Program
Research Scholar Multidimensional Demographic Modeling Research Group - Population and Just Societies Program
Call for papers
Research at IIASA Population and Just Societies Program
Lutz, W., Reiter, C. , Özdemir, C., Yildiz, D. , Guimaraes, R. , & Goujon, A. (2021). Skills-adjusted human capital shows rising global gap. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118 (7), e2015826118. 10.1073/pnas.2015826118.
Hoffmann, R., Dimitrova, A., Muttarak, R. , Crespo Cuaresma, J., & Peisker, J. (2020). A meta-analysis of country-level studies on environmental change and migration. Nature Climate Change 10 (9), 904-912. 10.1038/s41558-020-0898-6.
Lutz, W. (2020). Fertility will be determined by the changing ideal family size and the empowerment to reach these targets. In: Vienna Yearbook of Population Research 2020. pp. 1-8 Vienna, Austria: Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. ISBN 978-3-7001-8702-810.1553/populationyearbook2020.deb06.
Potančoková, M. & Marois, G. (2020). Projecting future births with fertility differentials reflecting women's educational and migrant characteristics. In: Vienna Yearbook of Population Research. Vienna, Austria: Vienna Institute of Demongraphy. 10.1553/populationyearbook2020.res02.
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