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Call for Manuscripts. Special Issue on Land Change Modelling
Submission deadline: 12 December 2019

This Special Issue welcomes articles that present new approaches to spatially explicit modelling of land change, highlight novel contributions to land change modelling using historical approaches, compare and contrast different modelling approaches, and make other unique contributions to land change and land systems modelling, such as frameworks, methodologies, and model coupling approaches. 

Those intending to submit should consider including data, model code (via common repositories such as GitHub), and appendices to facilitate replication, reuse, and expansion upon their submitted work by others.

For more information, see https://www.mdpi.com/journal/land/special_issues/land_change_modelling

Call for papers on Vulnerability & Risk Mapping - Sustainability special issue
Submission deadline: 30 November 2019

Measuring, analyzing, and mapping the societal risks and vulnerabilities of climate change has become part of the standard toolkit of climate risk and vulnerability assessments. This Special Issue focuses on the spatial assessment of climate risks and related vulnerabilities and the use of spatial data and analysis in field-based assessments. Papers may cover a range of spatial scales–from local to global–and represent any world region, and may be produced by authors from any discipline. The deadline for submission is 30 November 2019.

Papers must:

•    Define the problem space–that is, the system of analysis (what is vulnerable or at risk?), the valued attributes of concern (why are they important?), the external hazard (to what is the system vulnerable and exposed?), and a temporal reference (when?)–and the purpose of the assessment;
•    Describe the analytical framework applied;
•    Provide adequate detail regarding the data and methods used;
•    Address the uncertainty in underlying data and methods;
•    Present one or more maps portraying results;
•    Address the policy relevance of the mapping/spatial analysis.
Case studies and mapping projects are especially encouraged that:

•    were developed in conjunction with stakeholders (i.e., transdisciplinary science) and/or where mapping results were applied in planning and decision-making contexts;
•    utilize statistical techniques/novel methods to identify the drivers of risk and vulnerability;
•    use future scenarios for climate and/or socioeconomic systems;
•    integrate various streams of data (ranging from survey data and official statistics to Earth observation data);
•    seek to validate mapping results.

In addition to case study or location-specific applications, we invite papers that explore spatial methods as well as papers critically reflecting on climate risk and vulnerability mapping.

For further information or to submit a manuscript, please visit: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/special_issues/Climate_Risk_Mapping

Call for Papers on Climate Risk and Vulnerability Mapping
Submission deadline: 30 November 2019

Measuring, analyzing, and mapping the societal risks and vulnerabilities of climate change has become part of the standard toolkit of climate risk and vulnerability assessments. This Special Issue focuses on the spatial assessment of climate risks and related vulnerabilities and the use of spatial data and analysis in field-based assessments. Papers may cover a range of spatial scales–from local to global–and represent any world region, and may be produced by authors from any discipline. 

Papers must:

Define the problem space–that is, the system of analysis (what is vulnerable or at risk?), the valued attributes of concern (why are they important?), the external hazard (to what is the system vulnerable and exposed?), and a temporal reference (when?)–and the purpose of the assessment;

Describe the analytical framework applied;

Provide adequate detail regarding the data and methods used;

Address the uncertainty in underlying data and methods;

Present one or more maps portraying results;

Address the policy relevance of the mapping/spatial analysis.

Case studies and mapping projects are especially encouraged that:

were developed in conjunction with stakeholders (i.e., transdisciplinary science) and/or where mapping results were applied in planning and decision-making contexts;

utilize statistical techniques/novel methods to identify the drivers of risk and vulnerability;

use future scenarios for climate and/or socioeconomic systems;

integrate various streams of data (ranging from survey data and official statistics to Earth observation data);

seek to validate mapping results.

In addition to case study or location-specific applications, the editors invite papers that explore spatial methods as well as papers critically reflecting on climate risk and vulnerability mapping. 

For further information or to submit a manuscript, please visit: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/special_issues/Climate_Risk_Mapping

Call for Papers: Cadernos Metrópole nº 48: The Metropolis and the Environmental Question
Submission deadline: 30 October 2019

The Scientific Editors and Editorial Committee of the journal Cadernos Metrópole invite researchers from areas of knowledge that approach the urban and regional issue to send texts to the organization of volume 22, number 48, about the theme, “The metropolis and the environmental question”.

The field of planning, territorial organization and governance has witnessed the exponential growth in the number of research studies, articles, theses and dissertations that not only interact with the environmental issue, but, on the contrary, view the politicization of the relationship between nature and the capitalist production of space as the central locus of their analyses and reflections. Therefore, their point of departure is the premise that society and nature are inseparable and that humankind and nature transform each other, in a constant process of production and reproduction of space.

Large cities, metropolises and macro-regions have tensioned the conflicting relationship between natural resources, capital and the increasing demand for the consumption of their resources, like energy, food and water. The effects can already be felt in different parts of the planet, with the intensification of water shortageperiods, which tend to become more and more frequent in a scenario of climate changes. This movement does not produce crises, conflicts and uncertainties only in large cities or urban spaces, but in the entire complex system of production and reproduction of these natural resources, in rural spaces, and in medium and small cities.            

In a dialectical sense, if the process of capitalist production of space has been changing based on a new relationship with the natural resources, practices and reflections in the sphere of planning and governance also require new paradigms, new meanings, new actions and research agendas. The present issue of Cadernos Metrópole aims to contribute to the construction of the field of praxis and theory in environmental planning and governance from the perspective that does not dissociate the transformation of nature from the production of space in capitalism, that is, from the perspective that does not separate the environmental question from the social question.

For more information, see http://revistas.pucsp.br/metropole/announcement/view/323

Call for abstracts: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability special issue on “Slow Onset Events related to Climate Change”
Submission deadline: 15 October 2019

Authors are invited to respond to a call for abstracts for a special journal edition on emerging understanding about slow onset events, climate change impacts, and loss and damage.

The editors of Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (COSUST) and the UNFCCC Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism are soliciting contributions for a special journal issue on environmental sustainability in relation to slow onset events. The overall aim of the special issue is to bring together literature review and synthesis articles that: (a) evaluate the nature of slow onset events and highlight emerging topics in the scientific literature on slow onset events; and (b) identify the gaps and challenges in understanding slow onset events and their local, national, and regional impacts, and possible approaches to manage these

Accepted papers will enhance the knowledge base and highlight potential approaches to assess and address slow onset events at the local, national and regional levels. Through concise review articles of recent literature, authors should provide scientific information that can support the development and accessibility of tools, which inform national planning and policymaking processes in assessing and addressing the impacts and risks associated with slow onset events and response options.

More information: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/current-opinion-in-environmental-sustainability/call-for-abstracts/call-for-abstracts-slow-onset-events 

Webinar on "Application of Gridded Population and Settlement Products in Geospatial Population-Environment Research" (http://zoom.us/j/200143159)
Event date(s): 14 October 2019
The webinar on the topic of "Application of Gridded Population and Settlement Products in Geospatial Population-Environment Research" will serve to introduce the topic to PERN cyberseminar participants. It will take place at 10am US EDT (UTC -4) on 14 October 2019.
For more information about the cyberseminar, see https://www.populationenvironmentresearch.org/cyberseminars
European Forum for Geography and Statistics (EFGS)
Conference date(s): 09 October 2019 to 11 October 2019

This 12th conference on the integration of geography and statistics will be held at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel in Manchester, England. The conference will bring together geospatial and statistical experts to exchange ideas to further enhance the development of spatial statistics for Europe. The motto of this year’s conference is Statistics + Location –> Insight + Impact, which aims to highlight how our insights into the population and the world in general are greatly enhanced through the integration of statistics and place. The conference will be investigating the following themes:

Visualisation for impact 

Better geodata, better policy

Leaving no one behind

The geospatial census

GeoData science

Future geospatial thinking

Geospatial architecture

For more information and to register, visit https://www.efgs.info/efgs-2019-conference-manchester-uk/

Call for Papers. Environmental Justice. Special Issue: Chronic Disease and Climate Change
Submission deadline: 01 October 2019

Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington, Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Justice, invites you to submit a manuscript to a Special Issue on Chronic Disease and Climate Change.

Scientific and observational evidence documents the adverse and potentially irreversible population health outcomes associated with environmental health risks attributed to climate change. Acute health problems associated with climate change may lead to long-lasting chronic conditions in affected individuals. Increasing heat exposure can also worsen the clinical condition of people with pre-existing chronic diseases and those with mental health disorders.

Climate change is characterized by weather extremes, such as drought, wildfires, poor air quality, sea level rise, flooding, severe storms, extreme heat, and water security. Many vulnerable environmental justice populations such as the poor, communities of color, indigenous peoples, women, and the elderly, also suffer from higher incidence of chronic diseases. These can include, but are not limited to, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, primary and secondary lymphedema, lipedema, obesity, asthma and COPD, and mental health.

Dr. Washington invites you to submit papers that will examine these key topics:

Short- and long-term impact of climate change on populations with cardiovascular and lymphatic disease

Emergency response justice for chronic disease patients with limited mobility

Health impact of extreme heat, flooding, and tornadoes/hurricanes on medical delivery systems and health care

Climate change impact on mental health in underserved and environmentally marginalized populations

Educating medical students, residents/fellows, and practicing clinicians about climate change as a risk factor for chronic illnesses, and their role as “change agents”

Please visit the Journal website for manuscript submission guidelines at https://home.liebertpub.com/publications/environmental-justice/259/for-authors

Open Call for Special Issues of Comparative Population Studies (CPoS)
Submission deadline: 30 September 2019

The editors intend to publish two Special Issues of the journal in 2020. This is an invitation to scholars who are interested in editing a Special Issue.

Articles in CPoS should compare populations or components of change across one or more of the following dimensions: Geographies, Groups and Times. By population is meant usually resident or temporary human population, for which information is collected by official agencies or researchers. Studies are characterised by innovation and rigour in knowledge of the field, research questions, arguments, data collection, analysis, findings, presentation, discussion, and policy implications. The editors welcome proposals for Special Issues of Comparative Population Studies on a suitable demographic theme.

The journal is a peer-reviewed Open Access, Online publication, free to download. The journal provides swift turnaround from editorial staff of submitted or revised papers. English language editing is available, if necessary. Papers are prepared for publication using high grade software. No fees are charged to authors.

Send a Proposal (~800 words) for a Special Issue to CPoS@bib.bund.de, for the attention of the Managing Editor. The proposal should include: (1) the title of the Special Issue, (2) a summary of the Special Issue topic, (3) reasons why the topic is important and timely, (4) the value added by a Special Issue, (5) a list of title and potential authors of 4 to 6 papers per Special Issue and (6) what the Editorial Overview paper will contain. For details of paper length and format, see http://www.comparativepopulationstudies.de/index.php/CPoS.

Editor: Nobert Schneider, Federal Institute for Population Research, 65185 Wiesbaden, Germany Managing Editor (2019): Philip Rees, School of Geography, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK E-Mail: p.h.rees@leeds.ac.uk

CPoS will publish papers as accepted with the overview paper published when the issue is complete.

International Sociology Association, 14-18 July 2020
Submission deadline: 30 September 2019

This year’s theme is Challenges of the 21st Century: Democracy, Environment, Inequalities, Intersectionality. Twenty years after the start of our century, the optimism of the Millennium has faded and the challenges we face for living together on a limited planet are even more urgent. The environmental crisis and climate change are now a worrying reality. How can we live together on a limited planet? Land and food have become again major objects of struggles. Environmental and socio-territorial conflicts have multiplied against extractivist industries. Who are the actors who bring innovative solutions to keep our societies thriving within the planetary boundaries?  How does the global environmental crisis lead us to re-think our world and our discipline?

For more information visit: https://www.isa-sociology.org/en/conferences/forum/porto-alegre-2020

GEO Human Planet Forum: Understanding Human Presence on Planet Earth (Lamont Campus, Columbia University)
Conference date(s): 30 September 2019 to 02 October 2019

Humans continue to change the surface of the Earth at a rapid pace, and in turn our settlements, infrastructure, and activities remain highly sensitive to environmental variability and change. Monitoring and prediction of urbanization, population movement, rural development, and related changes in the Human Planet are therefore vital. The Human Planet Initiative of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is working to harness new data sources, technologies and analytic approaches to address key needs for improved understanding and modeling and for better tools for decision making in support of sustainable development.

The second Human Planet Forum provides a unique venue for expert groups working on different aspects of these issues to meet together to share progress, assess areas of common interest, and coordinate activities and plans. Key topics include:

1. Advances in slum mapping

2. Downscaled future scenarios of population and economic activity

3. Global definition of cities and rural areas

4. Mapping of secondary and tertiary administrative boundaries

5. Validation and intercomparison strategies for human settlement and population data

6. Applications, decision support, and stakeholder engagement

7. Development of Human Planet Atlases in the 2020-2022 time frame

The program will include a mix of keynote talks, panel discussions, working meetings, and interactive sessions.

For more information and to register, see https://www.eventbrite.com/e/human-planet-forum-2019-understanding-human-presence-on-planet-earth-tickets-65420716123

Call for papers: Annual Meeting, Population Association of America, 22-25 April 2020
Submission deadline: 29 September 2019

The Population Association of America’s annual meeting is a premier conference of demographers and social and health scientists from the United States and abroad. Here senior, mid- and early-career demographers are afforded the opportunity to present their research in oral and poster sessions, hear of others’ findings, and network with their peers. Since PAA’s first conference in 1930, much important research has been presented on topics ranging from migration to sexual reproductive health to race and gender issues.

Topic 8, Population, Development, and the Environment, includes seven sessions: Health, Environment, and Development; Conflict Crisis and Demography; Population, Development, and Environment; Coastal Population and Demographic Change; Social Inequality in an Era of Environmental Change; Climate Change and Migration; and Innovative Data and Methods in Population and Environment. 

More information including how to submit: http://www.populationassociation.org/2019/07/29/paa2020-call-for-papers/ 

Call for Abstracts: INQUIMUS 2019, 26–28 November 2019 (UN Campus)
Submission deadline: 15 September 2019

Agenda for the INQUIMUS Workshop - Data, methods and tools for dynamic risk assessments: What are requirements, and how to tackle persisting challenges?

Understanding and reducing disaster risk are key priorities in international policy documents and agendas, and the need for improved knowledge and information on drivers, hotspots and dynamics of disaster risk has been repeatedly stressed by scientists, practitioners and policy makers. As a result we have witnessed a sharp increase in the number of risk assessments over the past decades aiming to inform the identification and planning of risk reduction and adaptation options. While the need for integrative, transdisciplinary approaches for understanding and assessing the inherent complexity and dynamic nature of risk (in all its dimensions of hazard, exposure and vulnerability) has been widely acknowledged, the development and application of methods and tools to better understand and assess that complexity has not kept pace yet. Today, the majority of risk assessments are still based on static (e.g. index-based) approaches and often do not represent the inherent complexities (e.g. feedbacks and coupling, inter-indicator relationships) and space-time dynamics of risk and its components adequately. Dynamic modelling approaches (e.g. agent-based models, Bayesian networks, system dynamics approaches, etc.) offer new opportunities not only for more dynamic risk assessments (e.g. human-environmental interaction, space-time dynamics), but also for simulating the potential effects of human behavior and risk reduction/adaptation options on risk patterns and trends.

The INQUIMUS workshop 2019 aims at:

Reviewing and discussing the state-of-the art (incl. data, methods and tools) regarding dynamic risk assessments, and the simulation of the effect of risk reduction and adaptation options

Identifying remaining challenges, and

Exploring opportunities for future research and transferring established approaches

Call for Abstracts

Participation is mainly by invitation. However, organizers would like to provide room for additional participants to share their insights and present their findings. Interested participants should send an abstract (max 400 words), discussing the following issues:

● Motivation for application and relevance to guiding questions listed on the previous page

● Methods for dynamic assessment/simulation of exposure, vulnerability or risk preferably applied by the applicant

● Achievements and challenges

Please submit your abstract to inquimus2019@ehs.unu.edu

For more information, see http://www.inquimus.org/.

Call for Papers: Conference on Climate Change and Food Security in West Africa, 18-19 November 2019
Submission deadline: 15 September 2019

Organized by the West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Land Cover (WASCAL) and Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (UCAD), this conference is intended to serve as a platform for exchanging and discussing latest research findings on the relationship between climate change and food security in Western Africa, particularly on innovative and cutting-edge solutions and insights related to the Conference themes. The conference seeks to bring together early career and experienced researchers from economics and other social sciences from the Western Africa region to promote mutual exchanges and collaborations on this crucial topic. 

Selected early career African presenters may be awarded a stipend to participate in the conference. Stipends will cover travel and accommodation costs, daily subsistence allowance, and a small honorarium. Selected papers will be considered for publication in the conference proceedings. 

Conference Themes: 

• Climate Change Impacts on Agricultural Production: 

▪ crops, livestock and fisheries 

▪ pests and diseases 

• Climate Change and Food Prices: 

▪ incomes and livelihoods 

▪ food price volatility 

▪ income inequality 

▪ extreme weather events and food stability 

▪ risks and vulnerability 

• Climate Change and Health outcomes 

▪ food safety, nutrition, and human health 

▪ climate change related diseases 

• Adaptation to Climatic Change in Food Systems 

▪ sustainable and drought-smart land management 

▪ resilience of value chains 

▪ risk management tools and safety nets 

• Climate change mitigation, food security and sustainable land management 

▪ Trade-offs and synergies 

FORMAT: Proposed papers should include the following information: § Name, Title, Affiliation, languages spoken, address, email. Full paper submissions are expected to be in English and not more than 10 pages, using Times New Roman Font size 12, single-spaced.

Important Dates: 

• Full paper submission: 15 September 2019 

• Paper Acceptance Notification: 15 October 2019 

Please send your submissions to wascal.phd@ucad.edu.sn  

International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2019
Conference date(s): 10 September 2019 to 13 September 2019

Our societies are facing critical points in their development, where large challenges are becoming increasingly difficult to handle. Numerous conflicts and complexities are surfacing – to which we can see societies responding with fragmentation, intolerance and exclusion. One way to address such developments is through societal transformation processes that implicitly include a variety of interest groups, stakeholders and organisations. Transdisciplinary (TD) research is one approach that focuses specifically on co-producing and integrating knowledge and expertise from a variety of sources, including communities, research, cities and businesses. It is an approach that is driven by the need to create processes where values and transformations towards a more just and sustainable society are openly debated.

For more information visit: http://www.transdisciplinarity.ch/td-net/Veranstaltungen/ITD-2019.html

Call for papers: International Forum on Migration Statistics (IFMS), 20-21 January 2020
Submission deadline: 09 September 2019

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) are organizing the second International Forum on Migration Statistics (IFMS), in Cairo, Egypt, 20-21 January 2020. The Forum will be hosted by the Egyptian Government, which currently chairs the African Union (AU), under the auspices of the AU.

The second IFMS will bring together expertise from a wide range of disciplines – such as statistics, economics, demography, sociology, geospatial science, and information technology – to improve the collection and analysis of migration data worldwide. Two days of plenaries and parallel events will explore innovative ways to measure population mobility and to generate timely statistics, by bringing together a broad range of participants to share and to discuss new data initiatives and examples of success in the field of migration data.

The Forum will be organized around the following six themes:

1. Strengthening data for policy

2. Data collection and innovation

3. Cooperation and data governance

4. Capacity development and financing

5. Measuring progress on the SDGs and other global commitments

6. Improving the availability of data on migrants in vulnerable situations

Call for papers and parallel sessions

The IFMS will include between parallel sessions, in addition to plenary sessions with high-level experts. Organizers encourage you to submit proposals that fit within the above themes to:

Organize a parallel session as an individual expert, institution, or in partnership with others;

Submit a paper or a report to be incorporated into a workshop/panel.

You will be required to submit the abstract of your paper (or a short description of your proposed parallel session), as well as the CV of lead author(s) (or session organizer for parallel sessions). In case you propose a parallel session, you will also be asked to list all panel speakers, and clarify if any of them are interested in applying for a travel grant. For inquiries please write to IFMS2020@iom.int.

For more information, visit https://gmdac.iom.int/iom-oecd-undesa-organise-second-international-forum-migration-statistics

Call for Papers: International Conference on Migration, Diaspora and Development
Submission deadline: 01 September 2019

The conference is jointly organised by the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Nanjing University (China) and the Department of Geography, Environment and Population, School of Social Sciences, at the University of Adelaide (Australia). This conference, as part of the research project “Transnationalism and diaspora: Enhancing demography’s contribution to migration and development”, funded by the Australian Research Council under its Discovery program, aims to bring demographers, sociologists, economists, political scientists, and other social scientists together with policymakers and practitioners, as these two spheres – research and policy – usually remain separated from each other. Moreover, the conference aims to: (1) advance demographic understandings of population, migration and the implications of migration for development; (2) increase knowledge of the scale, characteristics and significance of diasporas in the Asia-Pacific; and (3) assess policies concerning diaspora and explore new directions.

Key highlights of the conference:

A major gathering of scholars, policymakers and civil society on issues of international migration, transnational linkages, diaspora engagement, and development.

Connecting researchers that work in the field of migration and development studies.

Numerous interactions with policymakers, practitioners and key diasporic organisations active in the domain of migration and development.

Opportunity to have your paper published in a journal’s special issue for the best papers.

Opportunity to participate in discussions of a range of themes, including:

- Rethinking the migration–development nexus 

- Data and methods: Defining and measuring diaspora populations

- Identifying transnational linkages and mapping migration pathways

- Migration and diaspora policies: Whose development?

- Empirical studies in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond

- One Belt One Road: Exploring the role of diasporas

- Moving forward: Enhancing demography’s contribution to migration and development research.

Please submit your full paper or abstract to A/Prof. Wei Guo (weiguo@nju.edu.cn) or Dr Xuchun Liu (xuchun.liu@adelaide.edu.au). The abstract should be no more than 300 words and accompanied by a short biographical notice (100 words). Submissions from early-stage scholars are particularly encouraged.

Successful submissions will be notified by 8 September 2019.

Call for Proposals to form Scientific Groups. Asian Population Association (APA)
Posted: 27 August 2019

The APA Council is seeking proposals from APA members to form Scientific Groups on key or emerging issues in the population field in the Asian region. Scientific groups will be created for the period 2019-2021. 

Interested members should send a proposal (maximum two pages) including the name of the theme, the rationale for the topic, proposed chair for the scientific group, a list of three to five potential members, a tentative programme of activities that the group would like to pursue over the period from May 2019 through December 2021 and outputs anticipated from the group’s activities. The proposal should specify what resources would be needed for their activities, and the potential sources for funding and support.

Interested members should submit their proposal electronically to the SG Coordinators Professor Jean Yeung (ariywj@nus.edu.sg) and Professor Leiwen Jiang  (ljiang@shu.edu.cn) with copy to the APA President Professor Aris Ananta (arisananta@gmail.com).

Due to a great interest in creating Scientific Groups, we decide to make no deadline for submitting the proposals to create Scientific Groups, as long as all activities are conducted within 2019-2021. We will make the decision one by one. Yet, the sooner the proposals are submitted, the better are the prospect for quality proposals. 

More information: https://www.asianpa.org/images/Announcement/Call_for_proposals_to_form_SGs__2019.pdf  

SEDAC Invites Community Submissions of Human Dimensions Data
Posted: 27 August 2019

The NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) operated by CIESIN, which underwrites the work of PERN, has begun accepting submissions of scientific data related to human-environment interactions that are of high utility to the human dimensions research and applications communities. In light of increased recognition of the importance of open access to research data by universities, scientific publishers, funding organizations, and other organizations, SEDAC seeks to increase the accessibility and utilization of important global- or regional-scale spatial data, especially those derived from or complementary to remote sensing data from NASA or other sources. SEDAC will also consider other types of data that meet its acquisition criteria. Priority topics of interest for data acquisition and dissemination include administrative boundaries and other reference layers, population dynamics, human settlements and infrastructure, land use/land cover change, economic development, environmental health, and policy-relevant environmental and sustainable development indicators.

Submission of candidate data sets is a two-step process. In the first step, SEDAC requests basic information on the data (e.g., nature of the data set and its primary purpose) that will help evaluate suitability for SEDAC archiving and dissemination. If the data appear appropriate, a copy of the data will be requested along with additional information for review by the SEDAC User Working Group (UWG). If feasible and appropriate, SEDAC will work with data authors and journal publishers to coordinate data release with publication of a peer-reviewed article. SEDAC will also consider valuable older data sets that may be at risk of loss if not properly archived, as well as national or sub-national data for key countries or regions, on a case-by-case basis.

See:  https://sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/data-submission

Literature/New Additions to Database

Analysis of gender vulnerability to climate‐related hazards in a rural area of Ethiopia
27 August 2019

Using three Woredas (Siraro, Shalla, and Shashemene) of the Oromia Region in Ethiopia as study areas, this study analyses a population's vulnerability and resilience to climate‐related hazards, applying a sex‐disaggregated, quantitative methodology at household level.

Author(s): Elena Belcore, Alessandro Pezzoli, Angela Calvo
Global climate change and mental health
27 August 2019

This paper examines mental health impacts, both direct (i.e. heat stress) and indirect (i.e. economic loss, threats to health and well-being, displacement and forced migration, collective violence and civil conflict, and alienation from a degraded environment), of three types of climate-related events: (1) acute events such as hurricanes, floods, and wildfires; (2) subacute or long-term changes such as drought and heat stress; and (3) the existential threat of long-lasting changes, including higher temperatures, rising sea levels and a permanently altered and potentially uninhabitable physical environment.

Author(s): Lawrence A. Palinkas, Marleen Wong
Ekhayeni: Rural–Urban Migration, Belonging and Landscapes of Home in South Africa
27 August 2019

This is a multi-sited study aimed to explore the relationship that Xhosa-speaking migrants have who journey between Centane in the former Transkei homeland and Cape Town, with their family home (ekhayeni) .

Author(s): Njwambe, Avela; Cocks, Michelle; Vetter, Susanne
Empirical Evidence of Declining Global Vulnerability to Climate-Related Hazards
27 August 2019

In this paper, the temporal dynamics of socio-economic vulnerability, expressed as fatalities over exposed population and losses over exposed GDP, to climate-related hazards between 1980 and 2016 was quatified.

Author(s): Formetta, Giuseppe; Feyen, Luc
Movements of the future: environmental change, its affect on migration and policy responses
27 August 2019

In this paper, the author discusses the changing climate and environment and then looks at how this will, and already is, affecting migration patterns around the world. The paper then provides a number of guiding principles for policymakers, academics, and others to think about when dealing with the changing climate and environment.

Author(s): McFarland, Kelly
The demographic burden of population loss in US cities, 2000–2010
27 August 2019

This paper investigates the impact of shrinking cities - who is impacted by loss; the extent to which population loss is experienced disproportionately across urban space and demographic subgroups; and whether decline occurring at multiple spatial scales magnifies exposure for some groups more than others.

Author(s): Franklin, Rachel S.
Migration Influenced by Environmental Change in Africa: A Systematic Review of Empirical Evidence
27 August 2019

With a focus on Africa, the continent most vulnerable to climate change, this paper aims to systematise the existing empirical evidence on migration influenced by environmental change.

Author(s): Borderon, Marion; Patrick Sakdapolrak, Raya Muttarak, Endale Kebede, Raffaella Pagogna, Eva Sporer
Disarray in global governance and climate change chaos (Desordem na governança global e o caos nas mudanças climáticas)
27 August 2019

This paper reviews the trajectory of climate change and discusses the shortcomings of ongoing efforts to address it, specifically with governance on climate change.

Author(s): George Martine, José Eustáquio Diniz Alves
Subsistence migration: Smallholder food security and the maintenance of agriculture through mobility in Nicaragua
21 August 2019

Through a case study highlighting linked migration and small‐scale agriculture in six villages in the municipality of Somotillo, in the north‐western Nicaraguan department of Chinandega, this paper contributes to understandings both of south–south, or Central American regional, migration and of the relationship between migration and food security.

Author(s): Carte, Lindsey; Radel, Claudia; Schmook, Birgit
Using cluster analysis to explore mortality patterns associated with tropical cyclones
21 August 2019

The aim of this study is to show the value of binary correlation statistical methodology in pinpointing mortality patterns among multiple variables, uisng data on 1,575 typhoon‐related deaths in Taiwan between 2000 and 2015 to illustrate the method.

Author(s): Chang, Kai-Chun; Chang, Chiung-Ting
Recognition in urban climate justice: marginality and exclusion of migrants in Indian cities
21 August 2019

Through the lens of migrants in the Indian cities of Bengaluru and Surat, the paper explores the recognitional dimensions of urban climate change justice in a development context.

Author(s): Chu, Eric; Michael, Kavya
Allocating people to pixels: A review of large-scale gridded population data products and their fitness for use
21 August 2019

The paper compares and discusses a set of large-scale (global and continental) gridded datasets representing population counts or densities. 

Author(s): Leyk, S.; Gaughan, A. E.; Adamo, S. B.; de Sherbinin, A.; Balk, D.; Freire, S.; Rose, A.; Stevens, F. R.; Blankespoor, B.; Frye, C.; Comenetz, J.; Sorichetta, A.; MacManus, K.; Pistolesi, L.; Levy, M.; Tatem, A. J.
Listening to silences: Daniel Hogan, the rural world and nature
21 August 2019

In this paper, the auhtors discuss the importance of Daniel Hogan’s (1942/2010) academic production and attitudes in understanding the relationship between population and environment in rural Brazil, especially with regard to great migrations, accelerated urbanization and their effects on the environment. 

Author(s): Flavia Maria Galizoni, Eduardo Magalhães Ribeiro
The evolution of the policy environment for climate change migration in Bangladesh: Competing narratives, coalitions and power
21 August 2019

This article seeks to clarify the potential approaches to extending the policy space regarding climate migration in Bangladesh through a political economy lens.

Author(s): Geun Ji, Hyeng
Regional analysis of indirect factors affecting the recovery, degradation and deforestation in the tropical dry forests of Oaxaca, Mexico
21 August 2019

Using the municipality of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, Mexico as study area, the paper evaluates the dynamics and identifies the indirect biophysical and socio‐economic factors related to the recovery, degradation and deforestation of the tropical dry forest (TDF) cover during the period 1993–2011.

Author(s): Guerra-Martínez, Francisco; García-Romero, Arturo; Cruz-Mendoza, Andrea; Osorio-Olvera, Laura
Gendered space and climate resilience in informal settlements in Khulna City, Bangladesh
21 August 2019

This is a  qualitative study that argues that gendered constraints in both inhabiting and shaping spaces is an underlying cause of differential climate resilience among the urban poor in Khulna, Bangladesh.

Author(s): Jabeen, Huraera
The 10 Countries Most Vulnerable to Climate Change Will Experience Population Booms in the Coming Decades
21 August 2019
Author(s): Ciara Nugent

Funding/Study/Work Opportunities

NIA T32 Postdocs (Department of Geography, University of California Berkeley)
Posted: 27 August 2019

The UC Berkeley Department of Demography seeks applicants for two postdoctoral research positions to study demography of aging and population sciences, broadly defined. The two T32 postdoctoral positions are funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), complementing UC Berkeley’s NIA-funded Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging (CEDA, http://www.populationsciences.berkeley.edu/ceda). The postdoctoral fellow’s research focus could include areas of Berkeley faculty research including CEDA signature areas such as mortality measurement, policy and behavioral determinants of adult health, biodemography of aging, and macro consequences of global aging.

The Fellow will be expected to work part of their time independently developing their own research portfolio in the demography of aging, and to work part of their time on collaborative mentored research with a Berkeley faculty member.

Minimum/Basic Qualifications required:

PhD or equivalent international degree by the time of application.

Preferred Qualifications (by start date):

Experience in working with large data sets

Knowledge of one or two statistical analysis packages or programming (e.g., R, SAS, and/or Stata)

Qualitative and mixed methods skills

No more than five years of research experience since receipt of PhD

Appointment: The initial appointment will be made at 100% time for 1 year with a start date of September 15, 2019 through spring 2020. Thereafter, with the possibility of renewal based on satisfactory performance and availability of extramural funding and support.

To Apply: please go to the following link: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF02266

Interested individuals should submit application with contact information for 3 individuals who have agreed to provide a reference for this specific position. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.

This position will remain open until filled.

Assistant Professor, Human Geographer Studying Health and Climate Change (Department of Geography in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington )
Posted: 27 August 2019

The Department of Geography in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington (Seattle) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position. The department seeks a human geographer studying health and climate change, with emphasis on socio-spatial disparities and/or environmental justice. Any regional specialty welcome. They welcome, but do not require, candidates whose work engages with intersectional approaches (including decolonial, feminist, and/or Indigenous) or computational approaches, or demonstrates commitments to public engagement and community-based research. Anticipated start date is September 16, 2020.

The successful candidate’s record will include human geography, health and climate change and demonstrate theoretically innovative and creative research directions and methodologies. A PhD in geography or related field, or foreign equivalent, is required by the date of the appointment.

Applicants should submit a letter of application addressing research and teaching qualifications and experience, a curriculum vitae, name and contact information for 3 references, and a 1- page statement describing past and/or potential contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To apply, and for more information, please visit http://apply.interfolio.com/66250. Review of applications will begin on 1 October 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Internship Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
Posted: 27 August 2019

Two new opportunities to intern with the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data:

Communications Intern - Fall 2020, based in New York, to support outreach and advocacy through research, writing, social media production, event logistics, and other digital media tasks.  See https://unitednationsfoundation.applytojob.com/apply/dG2RWefgRR/Intern-Communications-GPSDD?source=TWIT

Data for Development Policy Intern - Fall 2020, based in New York, to help map and monitor cross-cutting policy issues in relation to implementation and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals.  See https://unitednationsfoundation.applytojob.com/apply/fLPcBG1Uno/Intern-Data-For-Development-Policy-GPSDD