About the Population and Environment Research Network
Mission and Organization
Mission and Organization
PERN's mission is to facilitate scientific analysis and dialogue about population environment relationships. It is an Internet-based network that is open and free to all who are interested in population environment research. PERN's activities include the collection and annotation of relevant web-links, recent publications, and syllabi in an online database, hosting cyberseminars, and the provision of information on meetings, grant and job opportunities and member research.
The Population Environment Research Network was launched
in 2001 by the International Union for the Scientific Study
of Population (IUSSP)
and is co-sponsored by the International Human Dimensions
on Global Environmental Change. PERN has received
in-kind support from the Center for International Earth
Science Information Network (CIESIN)
at Columbia University, which hosts the website.
PERN is managed by a senior population environment scientist, the Coordinator, whose work is guided by a Steering Committee of internationally recognized experts and liaisons from the sponsoring institutions.
PERN is fully Internet based, which promotes efficiency and inclusiveness. Via the Internet, PERN does the following:
- PERN collects
and disseminates ongoing, new, and classic work in the
population-environment field in an online eLibrary, which includes short abstracts and special keyword search terms. Of particular note within the eLibrary is the Population
Environment Collection, which provides
links to the latest P-E articles in more than 60 journals.
- PERN facilitates global dialogue between scientists by holding regular cyberseminars on selected topics, and by promoting and archiving (on the Internet) real-time workshops and conference sessions.
- PERN collects syllabi on population-environment courses from around the world and makes them easily available.
- PERN provides member services such as a regular What's New with upcoming conferences, workshops, job and grant opportunities, and a keyword-driven searchable member database. Members sign up free online.
In January 2007, after six years in existence, PERN conducted a survey of
its membership to determine how they were using PERN's services, what they
liked, and what they thought could be improved. Download the survey results
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- Dr. Diana Hummel, Researcher, Institute for Social-Ecological Research, Germany (Chairperson)
- Dr. Rimjhim Aggarwal, Assistant Professor, Arizona State University, USA
- Dr. Jason Bremner, Program Director, Population, Health and Environment, Population Reference Bureau, USA
- Dr. Roberto do Carmo, Professor, Dept of Demography and Population Studies Unit, University of Campinas, Brazil
- Dr. Stephanie Dos Santos, Researcher, Laboratory for Population, Environment, and Development, Institute for Development Research, France
- Dr. Maano Ramutsindela, Associate Professor, Environmental and Geographical Science Department of the University of Cape Town, South Africa
- Dr. Yan Tan, Queen Elizabeth II Fellow, Geography, Environment and Population, University of Adelaide, Australia
- Mr. Hamdou-Rabby Wane, Economic Affairs Officer, UN Economic Commission for Africa, Ethiopia
- Dr. Yongyuan Yin, Research Scientist, Adaptation and Impacts Research Group, Environment Canada and the UBC School of Forestry, Canada
Former Members: Dr. Alisson Barbieri (Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil), Dr. Simon Batterbury (University of Melbourne, Australia),
Dr. David Carr (University of California at Santa Barbara, USA), Dr. Sara Curran (Univ. of Washington, USA), Dr. Christophe Guilmoto (CICRED, France), Dr. Sabine Henry (Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix, Belgium), Dr. Daniel Hogan (NEPO, Univ. of Campinas, Brazil), Dr. Lori Hunter (University of Colorado at Boulder, USA), Dr. Haydea Izazola (Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco, Mexico), Dr. Jack Liu (Michigan State Univ., USA), Dr. Wolfgang Lutz (IIASA, Austria), Dr. Landis MacKellar (Vienna Demographic Institute and IIASA, Austria), Dr. Robin Marsh (University of California at Berkeley, USA), Dr. Vinod Mishra (Macro Inc., USA), Dr. Kwasi Nsiah-Gyabaah (Sunyani Polytechnic, Ghana), Dr. Brian O'Neill (IIASA, Austria, and Brown University, USA), Dr. Xizhe Peng (Fudan Univ., China), Dr. Atiqur Rahman (Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi, India), Dr. Ronald Rindfuss (Univ. of North Carolina and Carolina Population Center, USA), and Dr. Michael Teitelbaum (Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, USA), Dr. Wayne Twine (University of the Witwatersrand,
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- Mr. Alex de Sherbinin,
Senior Staff Associate for Research, Center for International
Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), Columbia
University, Palisades, New York.
- Dr. Susana Beatriz Adamo, Associate Research Scientist, Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), Columbia University, Palisades, New York.
Other Network Staff:
- Network Assistant: Ms.
Lisa Lukang, Information Specialist, CIESIN, Columbia University.
- Webmaster: Mr. Al Pinto,
Senior Web Designer, CIESIN, Columbia University.
Former PERN Staff:
- Dr. Catherine Marquette (co-Coordinator 2000-2002)
- Dr. Laura Murphy (co-Coordinator 2000-2002)
- Dr. Annababette Wils (Coordinator 2002-2003)
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PERN was launched in February 2001 with initial funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur foundation. Since 2003, the Network has been supported by a number of sponsors (listed in alphabetical order):
In addition, the following Population Centers underwrite PERN's work through a special subscription to the IUSSP. To learn ut how to subscribe to PERN, please contact the Coordinator.