Special Announcements

Friday, 25 June 2021

  • The Population-Environment Research Network (PERN) held a successful cyberseminar on “Refugee and internally displaced populations, environmental impacts and climate risks”. Read the background paper, expert papers and postings, and watch the kick-off webinar. PERN wishes to thank the co-organizers, Jamon van den Hoek and David Wrathall, and the panel of experts for thought provoking contributions. Visit: https://www.populationenvironmentresearch.org/cyberseminars/10800
  • Save the date for IUSSP’s next webinar on “Climate Change and Population Dynamics” to be organized by PERN in collaboration with IUSSP and the European Association for Population Studies (EAPS) on 16 September (10:00 New York | 16:00 Paris | 19:30 New Delhi). Details to follow through the PERN discussion list.
  • The Columbia Climate School has organized a virtual conference, At What Point Managed Retreat? Resilience, Relocation and Climate Justice, from 22-25 June. The conference convened 850 participants for 53 sessions over 4 days, addressing managed retreat issues related to sea level rise and other climate impacts such as wildfire and major stormes in the US and around the world. Most session recordings will be made available free of charge online in the near future. Visit https://adaptation.ei.columbia.edu/content/2021-conference-homepage.

Thursday, 18 February 2021

  • In collaboration with colleagues at Oregon State University and with co-sponsorship from the GEO Human Planet Initiative, PERN is organizing a cyberseminar on Refugee and Internally Displaced Populations, Environmental Impacts and Climate Risks, 10-18 May 2021. For more details visit:  https://www.populationenvironmentresearch.org/cyberseminars.   The list of panelists will be added soon.
  • PERN is pleased to announce that Dr. Kathryn Grace will chair the Scientific Committee until January 2023. Dr. Grace is an Associate Professor of Geography, Environment and Society at the University of Minnesota where her research and teaching focus on topics related to population geography, demography and health. For more information visit https://kathryn-grace.dash.umn.edu/ and https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=qgKdJWMAAAAJ. 
  • PERN wishes to thank the following Scientific Committee members who rotated off at the beginning of this year for their contributions to the network:  Raya Muttarak (chair), Andres Ignacio, Leiwen Jiang, Elma Montaña, David Rain, Brooke Wilmsen, and David Wrathall.


Tuesday, 18 August 2020

  • PERN is pleased to announce the availability of online training modules in English and Spanish entitled “Introduction to Spatial Data Integration for Demographic Research / Introducción a la Integración Espacial de Datos para la Investigación Demográfica”, led by PERN coordinator Susana Adamo and former PERN scientific committee chair Landy Sanchez. The training module is a series of videos and exercises with prepackaged data using open source GIS and web-based tools. PERN is grateful to IUSSP for covering the costs of video production.  Please visit https://www.populationenvironmentresearch.org/Workshops#W2020
  • PERN coordinator Alex de Sherbinin is planning to chair an online panel of the Columbia Forced Migration Initiative’s series “Forced Migration in a Post-Pandemic World" on Thursday, 22 October at 10am US Eastern time.  The panel is entitled "Climate, Conflict and Coronavirus: A Perfect Storm for Migrants and Displaced Persons" and will include brief presentations and discussions by Columbia-affiliated experts.  
  • PERN is planning to organize a cyberseminar on the topic of Mapping the Missing Millions: Remote Sensing of Informality, Precarity, and Protraction in early 2021. The focus will be on mapping displaced and refugee populations around the world, and understanding their relationship to the environment. Please contact pernadmin@ciesin.columbia.edu if you have suggestions for panelists or how to shape this cyberseminar so that it is of greatest use to the PERN community.

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.