Special Announcements

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

  • PERN will continue its operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Given that many conferences have been canceled, cyberseminars present an opportunity for this community of researchers to remain engaged and exchange ideas with one another.
  • PERN plans to organize a cyberseminar on Population, Climate Change and Food Security from 18-25 May. Despite the central role demography plays in climate change and food security research, the topics remain understudied among demographers. The understanding of current and future population size, composition and spatial distribution as well as differentials in dietary patterns, vulnerability and adaptive capacity will help policy planning for future climate change.  This cyberseminar will focus on the applications of methodological tools and concepts in demography, geography, economics, systems analysis and other related fields in analyzing the population-climate change-food security nexus.
  • PERN co-coordinator Alex de Sherbinin will co-chair the Earth Institute at Columbia University’s second Managed Retreat conference in June 2021. This conference will focus on topics related to retreat from the coastal zone as well as areas at risk from other climate impacts, including floods, wildfires and prolonged droughts. Planning is at early stages, so suggestions on sessions and conference streams are welcome (email pernadmin@ ciesin.columbia.edu). Video recordings of sessions and selected presentations from the inaugural June 2019 conference, At What Point Managed Retreat?, are available at https://adaptation.ei.columbia.edu/content/what-point-managed-retreat-resilience-building-coastal-zone.

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

  • In collaboration with the POPGRID Data Collaborative, PERN will hold a cyberseminar on the topic of the Application of Gridded Population and Settlement Products in Geospatial Population-Environment Research from 14-18 October 2019. This cyberseminar will focus on the fitness-for-use aspect of various gridded population and settlement products and their suitability for different application areas in population-environment studies. We will explore issues of uncertainty, endogeneity, temporal-explicitness, and spatial conformity in these data products along with scale and projection considerations. We will also explore a number of application areas in research and development praxis. For more information visit https://www.populationenvironmentresearch.org/cyberseminars/10680
  • PERN welcomes a new cohort of scientific committee members for the 2019-2022 period:
    • Dr. Roberto Ariel Abeldaño, Full Professor, Demography, University of Sierra Sur, Oaxaca, Mexico
    • Dr. Kathryn Grace, Assistant Professor, Geography, Environment and Society, University of Minnesota, USA
    • Dr. Sabine Henry, Professor in Geography, University of Namur, Belgium
    • Dr. Bryan Jones, Assistant Professor, Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, CUNY Baruch, USA
    • Dr. Samir K.C., Professor, Asian Demographic Research Institute, Shanghai University; and Project Director, World Population, IIASA, Austria/China
    • Dr. César Augusto Marques, Graduate Studies Coordinator, Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE) - Escola Nacional de Ciências Estatísticas (ENCE), Brazil
    • Dr. Karen McNamara, Senior Lecturer, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Queensland, Australia
    • Dr. William Pan, Associate Professor of Global Environmental Health, Duke University, USA
    • Dr. Carl-Friedrich Schleussner, Head of Climate Science and Impacts and a Scientific Advisor, Climate Analytics, USA
    • Dr. Brooke Wilmsen, Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University, Australia
  • PERN invites proposals for new cyberseminar topics, especially in partnership with other organizations. Anyone desiring to propose a cyberseminar should send a 2-3 paragraph concept note along with a list of 3-4 panelists to pernadmin@ciesin.columbia.edu. Proposals will be reviewed by the scientific committee responses will be given within one month of receipt. 

Friday, 22 March 2019

•    PERN is pleased to announce that Raya Muttarak, Senior Lecturer at the University of East Anglia and a Research Scholar with the World Population program of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), has agreed to serve as the chairperson of the scientific committee for 2019-2020. In addition, the scientific committee has nine new members. We wish to thank the outgoing chairperson, Landy Lisbeth Sanchez, and members Richard Bilsborrow, Dominic Kniveton, and Leo C. Zulu for their service on the scientific committee over the past four years.

•    PERN co-sponsors the Population Dynamics and Environmental Change Seminar Series in New York City with the Population Council, UN Population Division, CIESIN at Columbia University, and the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research. Seminars occur approximately every two months in the fall and spring. Anyone is welcome to attend (see announcement for the 1 April seminar below). For more information visit: https://www.popcouncil.org/news/population-dynamics-and-environmental-change-seminar-series

•    If PERN members are planning to attend the annual meetings of the American Association of Geographers (3-7 April in Washington DC) or the Population Association of America (10-13 April in Auston TX), let us know by emailing pernadmin @ciesin.columbia.edu and we will organize a meet up or outing. Co-coordinator Alex de Sherbinin is presenting during the AAG session on “Environmental Migration” Thursday 4 April at 9:55am, and co-coordinator Susana Adamo is chair of PAA session 234 on Climate Change and Population Health, and is co-author of papers in PAA session 61 on Geographic Patterns of Morbidity and Mortality and session 156 on Environmental Factors Associated with Health and Mortality. PERN is also contributing to a pre-conference workshop on demographic and environmental data integration.

•    PERN co-coordinator Alex de Sherbinin is organizing a special issue of the journal Sustainability dedicated to Vulnerability & Risk Mapping. For more information see below.