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Call for papers: Workshop on the One-Belt-One-Road strategy and its implications for international migration and socio-ecological changes (Shanghai University)
Conference date(s):
10 October 2017 to 11 October 2017

The implementation of the One-Belt-One-Road (OBOR) strategy initiated by the Chinese government in 2013 and the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in 2015 to back the initiative have attracted enormous attention from academic scholars and the public arena. The OBOR strategy is indeed likely to generate an important impact in the regions along the land based Silk Road Economic Belt on the Eurasian continent and the ocean-going Maritime Silk Road linking Asia, Europe and Africa.  The OBOR initiative will enhance international and internal migration, contribute to changes in population growth and population compositions (by age, education, rural/urban residence, religion, nationality), as well as in the spatial distribution. It will in turn lead to changes in labor productivity, consumption patterns and lifestyles, and consequently generate opportunities and challenges to economic growth, social integration, resource use and environmental protection.

The Asian Population Association  scientific group  (APA SG) on “OBOR Strategy: Implications on Population Dynamics and Socio-ecological Impacts”  in collaboration with Asian Demographic Research Institute (ADRI) at Shanghai University and the Asian Meta Centre for Population and Sustainable Development Analysis, will hold the first workshop.  The workshop will focus on the countries and regions along the OBOR and the themes include, but are not limited to the following:

• Estimation and projection of international migration along OBOR at regional, national, and subnational levels
• Investigating and modeling the socio-demographic profiles of international migrants
• Effects of international migration on population dynamics and spatial distribution in the origin and destination
• Economic, social, demographic, and environmental drivers of international migration
• Social and economic integration of international migrants and the impacts of increased migration on countries of origin and destination
• Effects of international migration on national and regional economic growth, technological development, and environmental/climate change

Please send your extended abstract (2-4 pages containing research questions/hypotheses, data sources, methods, and key findings) or full paper (5,000 to 6,000 words) to Yu Zhang zhang.yu.sh @qq.com. Please also include a short biography of a maximum of 100 words. The deadline for submission is 15 May 2017. For more information, see http://adri.shu.edu.cn/Default.aspx?tabid=35376&ctl=Detail&mid=67693&Id=206057&SkinSrc=%5BL%5DSkins/adrie/ADRIe2.

International Population Geography Conference (University of Washington)
Conference date(s):
29 June 2017 to 01 July 2017

The International Conference on Population Geographies is a biennial gathering of population geographers, spatial demographers and others interested in presenting papers and sharing ideas on spatial population issues. Please explore the programs of previous IPCG conferences to get a sense of the subject matter of presentations and sessions at these events. Register now to secure your place at the conference. Abstract submission for participation in a session requires payment of a registration fee. Partial support for this conference is provided by UW’s Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology.  For more information, see https://depts.washington.edu/icpg2017/index.html.

Call for Papers: Workshop on Climate, Migration & Health, with a focus on refugee movements
Conference date(s):
25 May 2017 to 26 May 2017

The University of Colorado Population Center (CUPC), CU’s Institute of Behavioral Science, and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP), are hosting the 3rd annual workshop on Climate, Migration and Health. This year's sub‐theme is focused on refugee movements. The two‐day workshop, held in Boulder, Colorado, will bring together approximately 10 researchers and policy communicators to discuss, and move forward, research on this important intersection. Key is that researchers need only possess expertise in at least one aspect of the workshop. The organizers aim to introduce scholars of migration‐climate, to scholars of climate‐health, and refugee scholars to each other. Applicants must have a current research project related to the workshop theme. ParWe will spend much of the workshop brainstorming about knowledge gaps and beginning papers/proposals designed to fill those gaps. Researchers from social and natural sciences are encouraged to apply. Funds are available for partial reimbursement for domestic (US) travel and lodging. Applicants must be post‐PhD and organizers aim for an interdisciplinary mix of junior and senior scholars. To be considered for this workshop, please send a CV and a complete paper, working draft, or an extended abstract (including data description, methods, and preliminary results) by 17 March 2017. Decisions will be made by 24 March. The conference organizers are Lori Hunter and Fernando Riosmena from the Institute of Behavioral Science, CU Population Center, CU Boulder. Please address questions to Lori.Hunter @colorado.edu. Please submit papers to Cheryl.Graham @colorado.edu.

Launch and Call for Articles: African Review of Migration and Environment (ARME)
Posted: 13 March 2017

The African Review of Migration and Environment (ARME) is a bilingual international journal, published twice annually in French and English. It is a collaborative publication by two leading African Universities: Peleforo Gon Coulibaly University, Ivory Coast and Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria.

The new journal aims at consolidating the epistemological foundations of social science in Africa, while also ensuring its continuous relations with the general history of Migration and Environment in which Africa contributes new knowledge with a high level of originality. ARME initiative encompasses all subjects focusing on interposition of Migration and Environment irrespective of disciplinary approach. As such, the journal is multidisciplinary.

Articles to be considered for publication in ARME should fall within the prism of the following broader areas:

• Critical epistemological reflections on research procedures and techniques in Migration and Environment issues;
• Interpositions between fields and theories in Migration and Environment research;
• Problems pertaining to research pedagogy (highlighting the complementarities that exist between abstraction and concrete engagement in data collection in Migration and Environment research);
• Reflections on issues pertaining to ethics of Migration and Environment research in Africa;
• Identification and critical review of field research and books on scientific studies of Migration and Environment from an African perspective;
• Elaboration of African remedies to African situation.

The first issue will be published in June 2017. Its theme is: “Migration and Environment, Many Theories, Many Data: the look of history to question the present”. Deadline: 30 April 2017.

For more information and paper submission, please write to the following address: djanekabran @gmail.com and othniel.adebusuyi @gmail.com.  Also, see https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/168197/launch-and-call-articles-african-review-migration-and

Call for articles -The Forced Migration Review
Posted: 13 March 2017

The Latin American and Caribbean region has a long history of solidarity with those fleeing persecution, conflict and other forms of violence. It has been reinforcing its commitment to strengthening international protection since the Cartagena Declaration on Refugees of 1984 and with the Brazil Declaration and Plan of Action signed in 2014. Several states have become resettlement states too or have set up other forms of humanitarian admission.

Large-scale displacements in Latin America and the Caribbean were – until fairly recently and with the notable exception of Colombia – a feature of the past, of the era of dictatorships and civil wars. This has been changing, however, in particular with displacement due to criminal violence in the Northern Triangle of Central America and after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

This issue of FMR will look at what can be learned from the region’s experience, and at the current and potential future challenges in the region that need to be addressed in order to protect internally displaced people, refugees, asylum seekers and stateless people. It will also discuss how the region has been attempting to implement durable solutions.

FMR will provide a forum for practitioners, policymakers, researchers and those directly affected by the issues to share experience, debate perspectives and offer recommendations. In particular, the FMR Editors are looking for practice-oriented submissions, reflecting a diverse range of experience and opinions.

Deadline for submission of articles: 5 June 2017.  For more information, see http://www.fmreview.org/latinamerica-caribbean.html.

Special Issue of Australian Geographer ‘Labour and Environmental Migration in the Asia-Pacific: in memory of Graeme Hugo’
Posted: 13 March 2017

This issue follows on from the first special issue, ‘Population, Migration and Settlement in Australia’ (vol. 47, no. 4). Together, these two issues of Australian Geographer mark the broad coverage of many of Hugo’s key areas of research focus. Pleasure and honour stem from the privilege of observing the vast extent of Hugo’s influence through the sound intellectual contributions made in essays and articles contributed by 36 special issue authors. Sadness stems from missing out on the opportunity to know how Hugo himself may have engaged with these works.  The issue is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cage20/current.

The Brazilian Journal of Population Studies
Posted: 13 March 2017

Founded in 1984, The Brazilian Journal of Population Studies (REBEP) is a publication of the Brazilian Association of Population Studies. It is the only scientific journal published in Brazil with the objective of encouraging and communicating Brazilian production in the area of demography and population and sustainable development. It is also an instrument for guaranteeing dialogue between these fields and related areas.

Although it is a Demography journal in Brazil, it accepts and welcomes research based on cross-national comparisons addressing population issues. In the last years, the REBEP journal has increased its outreach in other Latin American countries. The journal aims at increasing the international outreach both within and beyond Latin America, so English or Spanish written manuscripts are encouraged during the submission process. Authors can publish their scientific communications, if accepted, in any of the three languages: Portuguese, Spanish, or English. Although mostly oriented towards empirical and quantitatively oriented research, qualitative or mixed-methods contributions are welcome.

The journal currently publishes different kinds of scientific communications:

- Research Article
- Research Brief / Technical Notes
- Point of View
- Book Review
- Literature Review
- Debates

The submission and the open access are free of charge, following the SciELO spirit of free scientific communication and diffusion. The submission process is online, using the Journal website.  For more information, see https://www.rebep.org.br/revista/index.

In case the Portuguese version pops up, go to "IDIOMA" (Language) section in the right panel and choose the language of interest.

Latin American Population Review (Revista Latinoamericana de Población (RELAP))
Posted: 13 March 2017

The editors of RELAP announce that manuscripts that wish to be considered for issue number 20, for the first semester of 2017, should be sent by 4 April 2017. RELAP receives articles continuously, but articles received after that date will be included in later issues. RELAP receives articles in Spanish, Portuguese and English on topics related to demographic research and population studies. Manuscripts should be sent to alap.revista @alapop.org and must comply with the guidelines of the journal: http://revistarelap.org/ojs/index.php/relap/about/submissions#authorGuidelines.

Funding/Study/Work Opportunities

Call for applications: Research course: Adding the Geographic Context to Demographic Analysis (Lund University)
Event date(s):
11 September 2017 to 15 September 2017

The Centre for Economic Demography at Lund University will hold the research course “Adding the Geographic Context to Demographic Analysis” on September 11-15, 2017. The course will cover methods and theories in historical demography and GIS and will be fully hands on.

Application is competitive and the deadline for submission is 15 April 2017.

For more information please consult: http://www.ed.lu.se/media/ed/documents/Adding%20the%20Geographic%20Context%20to%20Demographic%20Analysis.pdf.

PhD Summer School 'Research on Sustainable Development’ (University of Basel)
Event date(s):
10 July 2017 to 14 July 2017

The University of Basel invites PhDstudents to the 4th international and interdisciplinary PhD Summer School 'Research on Sustainable Development'. The school will take place from 10 – 14 July 2017 at the University of Basel, Switzerland.

This year's Summer School examines the interlinkages between sustainability and risk issues throughout all disciplines. In an inspiring interdisciplinary setting we will discuss and analyse approaches that conceptually and empirically link questions of sustainability and risks. The School will be highly interactive.

Outstanding experts from social and natural sciences as well as economics will enrich the discussions and comment on the participants' presentations:

    Prof. Dr. Ortwin Renn, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, Germany
    Prof. Dr. Alexander Zehnder, visiting professor, Nanyang Technological University NTU, Singapore
    Prof. Dr. Stefan Baumgärtner, University of Freiburg, Germany

The School is open to advanced PhD students who research in the field of sustainability and risks and who are passionate about furthering the interdisciplinary discourse on sustainability.

The closing date for applications is 30 April 2017. The number of participants is limited. There will be no attendance fee. For further information, see https://msd.unibas.ch/en/home/studies/phdschool.html.

São Paulo School of Advanced Science on Climate Change: Scientific basis, adaptation, vulnerability and mitigation
Event date(s):
03 July 2017 to 15 July 2017

The São Paulo School of Advanced Science on Climate Change: Scientific basis, adaptation, vulnerability and mitigation will take place at the University de São Paulo (USP), São Paulo, Brazil. The School is organized by the INterdisciplinary CLimate INvestigation cEnter (INCLINE)  and the Inter-­American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI), and sponsored by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Pró Reitoria de Pesquisa/University of São Paulo (PRP/USP), IAI and Santander.

The IAI is an intergovernmental organization established by 19 countries of the Americas that pursues the principles of scientific excellence, multinational collaboration in global change research, and the full and open exchange of scientific information.

The goal of the school is to provide graduate students with advanced knowledge on climate change science and related topics: Observations and future projections; impacts; vulnerability; adaptation and mitigation; and the Paris Agreement: How to reach the 1.5°C target, including aspects of public policy. Participants will discuss with renowned scientists important themes of the three IPCC Assessment Report 5 Working Groups, in a multidisciplinary and multicultural context. The program will include theoretical classes, work in groups, a poster session, science-policy discussions, and visits to key institutions in the State of São Paulo conducting climate change research with policy applications.

This School is for graduate students and early career scientists. Priority will be given to candidates currently enrolled in graduate programs (Masters/MSc and Doctoral/PhD courses). About 100 students, 50 from Brazil and 50 from other countries, will be selected to participate in the School. A limited number of travel grants is available. 

Application Deadline: 31 March 2017. Application Form: http://www.iag.usp.br/inscricoes/spsascc

For more information, see http://www.iai.int/?p=18544.

Call for applications: Summer School “Demography, Human Capital and Economic Growth” (Asian Demographic Research Institute (ADRI), Shanghai University)
Event date(s):
19 June 2017 to 23 June 2017

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in collaboration with Asian Demographic Research Institute (ADRI)  and the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, VID/ÖAW, WU) is hosting the first Asian summer school on how demographic trends and improving educational attainment impact on economic growth around the Asia region. This will also include discussions about the so-called first and second Demographic Dividends and on the role of human capital as a determinant of economic development. Leading international scholars from the US, Europe and Asia will give lectures providing overviews of the state of knowledge in these fields.

Participants in the summer school will typically be pre-docs or recent PhDs. Applications will be considered from around the world. The number of participants is limited to 20. Acceptance is highly competitive. A number of participants will receive bursaries for travel and living expenses in Shanghai (upon request). There is no tuition charge. 

Application deadline: 24 March 2017.  Contact: Samir KC kc @iiasa.ac.at or Yu Zhang zhang.yu.sh @qq.com.

Alpbach Scholarship Programme
Posted: 13 March 2017

The grant to participate in the Seminar Week and the Alpbach Symposia is available to young people up to 30 years of age. Applications from all countries (except Austria) and academic disciplines, are welcome and artists and non-graduates are encouraged to apply.

The basic scholarship covers the participation fee for all events at the European Forum Alpbach 2017. Should recipients not have sufficient funds to cover the costs of their stay in Alpbach, they can apply for an additional grant providing accommodation and a daily allowance for food and drink (please indicate this in the online application). Travel costs cannot be refunded.

Please note that the European Forum Alpbach Foundation and its partner organisations support international applicants. Austrian applicants should refer to one of the Austrian Clubs and Initiative Groups (Forum Alpbach Network).

The online registration will start on 20 February 2017. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2017.  For information on the application documents required, see https://www.alpbach.org/en/scholarships/application-process/.

Call for funding proposals: Transformations to Sustainability
Posted: 13 March 2017

Climate change, environmental degradation and resource pressures have created unprecedented challenges for societies worldwide, with Low- and Middle-income countries (LMICs) often the most affected.

The slow progress on responding to global environmental change and the need for global development has led to increasing emphasis, both in research and policy, on the need to go beyond the study and encouragement of incremental change.

There is a need for more fundamental transformations in the way societies interact with each other and with the natural environment. What's needed is a comprehensive and concerted research initiative that can boost research on transformations to sustainability, and catalyse new kinds of solutions to environmental and social challenges.

The Belmont Forum, NORFACE and the ISSC together as the Transformations to Sustainability funders, are therefore launching the new funding programme 'Transformations to Sustainability'(T2S).

The funding call includes a total pool of at least €13 million over a period of three years, for international projects led by the social sciences or humanities. Inter- and Trans- disciplinary approaches are strongly encouraged. Outline proposals are invited by 5 April 2017.  For more information, see http://www.worldsocialscience.org/2017/01/call-funding-proposals-transformations-sustainability/.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship – 2017/2018 (University of Witwatersrand)
Posted: 13 March 2017

Wits Demography and Population Studies Programme, an interdisciplinary initiative of the Schools of Public Health and Social Sciences University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, invites highly motivated early career individuals to apply for Postdoctoral Research Fellowship on New Methods for Understanding African Demography and Family Transition Research.

Applications will be open until the positions are filled.

For more information please see: http://uaps-uepa.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Demography-and-Population-Studies-Postdoc-2017.pdf.

Intern - Platform on Disaster Displacement
Posted: 13 March 2017

The Platform on Disaster Displacement (PDD) was established on 1 July 2016 to follow up on the work started by the Nansen Initiative and to implement the recommendations of the Protection of Cross-Border Displaced Persons in the Context of Disasters and Climate Change (Protection Agenda).

The successful candidate will have the following responsibilities:

• Assist the Policy Officer with the implementation of the workplan and with information management.
• Assist the Policy Officer with relevant disaster displacement research, analysis and policy review.
• Assist the Communication Officer with the monitoring and development of content for the website and social media.
• Assist with the preparation of, and reporting from, meetings organized by the Coordination Unit (e.g. Steering Group meetings, meetings of the Advisory Committee, internal meetings, side events etc.).
• Attend relevant external meetings and report back by drafting minutes and summaries.
• Contribute to submissions, background notes and policy briefs of the Coordination Unit as appropriate.
• Support communication with Advisory Committee Members. Support dissemination of the Nansen Initiative Protection Agenda.
• Perform other research and administrative tasks as required.

The application deadline is 19 March 2017. For more information, see https://jobs.unops.org/Pages/ViewVacancy/VADetails.aspx?id=11885#1.

Call for applications: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) postdoctoral program
Posted: 13 March 2017

The Postdoctoral Program at IIASA offers fully funded research positions of up to two years to study topics related to the IIASA research agenda.

Eligibility criteria:

• Candidates should have their PhD at the time of taking up the appointment and are expected to have a proven record of research accomplishments, and a solid working knowledge of English
• Candidates should have held their PhD for less than five years at the application deadline
• The fellowship requires you to be present at IIASA (The typical period for IIASA-funded postdoctoral support is 12-24 months). Please do not apply if you need to be away from the institute to do your research or expect IIASA to fund field research overseas
• Preference will be given to applicants who are nationals of countries where IIASA has a National Member Organization
• IIASA does not do lab-type research and therefore has no labs

Application deadline: 1 April 2017. For more information, see http://www.iiasa.ac.at/web/home/education/postdocs.html.

Literature/New Additions to Database

Emplaced social vulnerability to technological disasters: Southeast Louisiana and the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill
08 March 2017

Through joint analysis of data from Community Oil Spill Survey and US Census Bureau products, a place-based index of social vulnerability is developed to examine the relationship between emplaced social vulnerability and impacts on mental health following the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Climate and marriage in the Netherlands, 1871–1937
08 March 2017

The study examines the effects of climate variability on marriage using longitudinal individual-level demographic data from the Historical Sample of the Netherlands (HSN) and climate and economic data from 1871 to 1937.

Climatic conditions and human mortality: spatial and regional variation in the United States
08 March 2017

The study answers threee three research questions: (1) Are the effects of climatic conditions on mortality independent from those of social conditions? (2) If yes, do these climatic effects vary spatially in the US? (3) If there are spatial variations of climatic associations in the US, how are they distributed?

Climate variability and migration in the Philippines
08 March 2017

Using panel data, the study investigates the effects of climatic variations and extremes captured by variability in temperature, precipitation, and incidents of typhoons on aggregate inter-provincial migration within the Philippines.

Exploring short-term and long-term time frames in Australian population carrying capacity assessment
08 March 2017

The author developed an Australian-orientated model, the Carrying Capacity Dashboard to explore temporal flexibility in resource-based carrying capacity modelling. The model offers users the ability to choose projected time frames of between one and 150 years for a variety of landscape scales and consumption patterns.

Ageing in remote and cyclone-prone communities: geography, policy, and disaster relief
07 March 2017

To explore how those in regional Australian coastal communities have coped with repeated natural disasters, focussing on the experience of independent-living older adults, the study used an exploratory, mixed-method, and phenomenological approach, an array of non-probability snowballing techniques to seek participation from residents aged 65 years or more, and from emergency services officers, disaster managers, and community health care providers located in regional communities affected by Cyclone Larry (2006) and Cyclone Yasi (2011).

Forecasting societies' adaptive capacities through a demographic metabolism model
06 March 2017

In seeking to understand how future societies will be affected by climate change, the authors propose that the concept of demographic metabolism and the associated methods of multi-dimensional population projections provide an effective analytical toolbox to forecast important aspects of societal change that affect adaptive capacity.

How can migration serve adaptation to climate change? Challenges to fleshing out a policy ideal
03 March 2017

This is a conceptual and methodological paper with the objective of identifying possible different options for research into the consequences of migration for adaptation.

Four decades of urban sprawl and population growth in Teresina, Brazil
03 March 2017

The paper seeks to discuss trends of urban expansion and population growth with their social and environmental implications in the city of Teresina, the capital and largest city of the Brazilian state of Piauí over the last four decades (1974–2014).  

Recent increases in human pressure and forest loss threaten many Natural World Heritage Sites
03 March 2017

In this study we quantify changes in spatial and temporal (1993 and 2009) patterns of human pressure and ecological state across the entire global network of Natural World Heritage Sites (NWHS)  and their surrounding landscapes using two newly available globally consistent data sets that assess changes in human pressure (Human Footprint) and forest loss (Global Forest Watch).

Syllabus: DEMO 8088: Population, Climate Change and Sustainable Development
02 March 2017

Course Syllabus. On completing the course the student will be able to:
1. Present a basic understanding of how population dynamics contribute to the causes and consequences of anthropogenic climate change, and to a population’s capacity to respond;
2. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of different ways in which the links between population dynamics and climate change – and more generally between population and environment – can be conceptualized and studied empirically;
3. Identify and use efficiently key relevant (open-access) data sets;
4. Identify opportunities for incorporating population-based policies in a country’s climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies;
5. Extend and apply the lessons learned from studying the links between population change and climate to the broader discussion of how population dynamics figure in a country’s chances of reaching the objectives of sustainable development, namely, sustained economic growth, environmental protection, and social equity.

Syllabus: ENVS 6900/7900 - Special Topics: Population & Environment
02 March 2017

Course Syllabus. This graduate-level seminar course will cover a wide breadth of research topics at the intersection of population dynamics and environmental change, examining both theoretical and empirical scholarly work. The course is designed in seminar format, with participants meeting once weekly to discuss readings. For the first section of the course, the focus is on classic intersections of population and environment, with particular focus on the relationship of population growth and migration to environmental change. The second section of the course will examine issues of population and environment within the framework of development theory and practice. This section we will emphasize poverty and women/gender as key topics integrating population and environment within the development framework. The semester will conclude with a final section tailored to the specific topical interests (e.g. sustainability, vulnerability) of students in the course. Students will provide input into the content of this final course section and will identify the readings and lead the in-class discussions.

Syllabus: Population, Resources & Environment
02 March 2017

Course Syllabus. Students who complete this course will be able to:
1. Use fundamental data sources and measures of population composition and distribution as well as the components of population change – fertility, mortality and migration to support ideas.
 * Data sources include the census, vital registration, surveys and historical/miscellaneous data
 * Errors of coverage and content
 * Measures include the Crude Birth and Death Rates, Total Fertility Rate, Life Expectancy, Infant Mortality Rate, Net    Migration Rate, Migration Efficiency, and many others
 * Composition includes ascribed characteristics - age, gender race, and ethnicity – and achieved characteristics –    religion, marital status, income, occupation, and education
 * Distribution includes % urban/rural, population density, and metropolitan areas
2. Apply key theoretical perspectives on the role of population in the world
 * Neo-Malthusian, Moderate, Marxist, High Tech viewpoints, and their development
 * Their respective strengths and weaknesses
3. Explain the relationship of population to problems and issues
 * Major focus on food, economic development, resources and environmental impact
 * Secondary focus on planning in such areas as education, social security, housing, etc.
 * Alternative policy possibilities in coping with continued population growth
 * Fostering analytical skills, particularly with regard to demographic information, but with carryover to other areas

Syllabus: SOC 4312.Population and Environment
02 March 2017

Course Syllabus.  This course focuses on the relationship between human population and the environment. Students will learn about diverse populations, recent dynamics of world population, their effects on the global environmental systems, and reciprocal effects of environment on population growth and spatial distribution. In order to understand the current patterns of population growth, students will study the history of human populations and how characteristics of humans led to increased abundance of resources and high population growth. The course will also include case studies of human groups/societies that thrived or disappeared when faced with specific environmental conditions.  Future changes in population and environmental conditions will be also studied so students will be able to understand and work with the idea of global, sustainable human society.

Syllabus: EVR 4415 Population and Environment
02 March 2017

Course Syllabus. The course is a study of the human population and the relationship between environmental conditions and changing human population dynamics. Students are introduced to recent patterns of human population dynamics, their consequences to ecological and global environmental systems, and subsequent uneven effects on the quality of life of diverse populations. To better understand how we arrived at this current status, students will study the origins of the human species and investigate how traits specific to humans enabled their eventual increased abundance and distribution throughout the planet. Students will also study how key historical events led to major demographic transitions across time. Case studies of ancient societies that either collapsed or continue to thrive will be analyzed to better understand the complexity of factors mitigating the relationships between population, environment, and well-being. Finally, in light of the projections of future changes in population growth and environmental conditions, students study recent approaches to developing a more sustainable and equitable quality of life for present and future generations around the world.