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Call for papers. 28th International Population Conference
Conference date(s):
29 October 2017 to 04 November 2017

The IUSSP calls to submit proposals for an oral or poster communication (3 maximum per person) before 15 December 2016, the deadline for the call for submissions. The submission website will be soon available from the IUSSP home page and Conference website. Those submitting papers will be asked to login with their IUSSP identification (email address) and password. Non-IUSSP members can also submit after they create an IUSSP user account. IUSSP We will send out an announcement as soon as the submission website is open. You can, however, begin to consult the list of themes and topics. The Theme conveners and session organizers will select papers to include in the programme before 15 April 2017.They will be assisted in their task by the advice of over 100 reviewers we have recruited to help in the review and evaluation of all submissions.

For more information, visit http://ipc2017capetown.iussp.org/.

Future Earth Initial Urban Research Activities: Request for Participation
Closing date: 28 October 2016

Project leads of the Future Earth Initial Urban Research Activities are seeking interested participants to attend a workshop focusing on fine-tuning content and proposal development for the upcoming Belmont Forum Sustainable Urban Global Initiative (SUGI): Food-Water-Energy Nexus call and to explore other funding sources for two projects associated with the Future Earth Livable Urban Futures (LUF) initiative.

To be as inclusive as possible of the large, diverse urban research networks, wide participation in these projects are encouraged and welcome.  Project leads of Urbanization, Food-Energy-Water Nexus Security and Extreme Hazard Risks (UNMASK) and Alternative Urban Futures within Planetary Boundaries (AUF) are currently seeking to build teams of interested participants from relevant urban communities and stakeholders, regions and disciplines to a) fine-tune the project ideas towards fully-developed proposals; b) identify funding mechanisms and solicit those sources; and, c) actively engage and carry forward the goals and objectives of the projects.  For more detailed project descriptions, visit website: https://ugec.org/luf-rfp/.

Selected participants will be invited to join a small workshop to develop a funding proposal(s) for UNMASK and AUF. Those selected will be fully funded for the duration of the workshop including lodging, travel and meals. The workshop will tentatively take place between January 9-13, 2017 and potentially in London, UK; Boston, MA, USA; or New York City, USA.

Project leads seek applicants who have a strong commitment to working on assignments that will emerge at the end of the workshop until completion of the proposal (ca. 2-3 months). UNMASK seeks participants with expertise in urban ecology, climate and hydrology, urban studies, sociology, geography and social sciences, and participatory approaches to knowledge co-production. AUF seeks participants with background in social sciences and humanities and an expertise in urban planning, urban studies, scenario backcasting, participatory/co-production approaches, governance of sustainability transitions, and urban resilience.

Interested parties are asked to:
• Prepare a brief statement (no more than one page) describing the nature of your interest. This must include the relevant expertise and qualities they possess, the project (UNMASK, AUF or potentially both) of interest, and the proposal development components to which you can specifically contribute.
• CV (no more than 2 pages)

Successful applicants will be able to communicate a clear interest in the objectives outlined in this request for participation; demonstrate that their experience and disciplinary expertize best fits the needs of the project of interest; and clearly show how their participation will provide a substantial contribution. Regional and gender diversity is desirable and will be factors for consideration during the review process.

Please email the requested materials to Mark Watkins, UGEC Project Coordinator: mark.watkins @asu.edu

Deadline for submission is Friday, 28 October.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent by mid-November. If not selected specifically for this opportunity of the workshop there will be future opportunities for wider participation in the projects.

Report of the 5th Climate Change and Population Conference on Africa (CCPOP), Accra, Ghana
28 October 2016

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The 2016 conference took place at University of Ghana, and was organized by the Regional Institute of Population Studies and the Climate Change Resource Centre. It aimed to facilitate 3 major goals:

• Enhance leadership that raises the profile of climate change through intervention research excellence, stakeholder engagement, knowledge sharing and impact on policy and practice;

• Enhance leadership that fosters a shared vision amongst researchers, stakeholders in development from different sectors, disciplines and levels of interest (local to international), and identifies pathways towards adaptation to climate change; and

• Enhance leadership that builds momentum and synergies to institutionalize sustainable development goals and adaptation strategies in creating space for innovation and research into use (RIU) and new pathways for scaling up adaptation practices

The book of abstracts is available at http://ccpopghana.org/images/stories/rips/BOOKOF_ABSTRACTS.pdf.

Open online course on Impacts of the global and climate change in Latin America – Inter American Institute for Global Change Research
28 October 2016

The IAI will launch a free massive open online course (MOOC) “Impactos del Cambio Climatico y Global en America Latina” on November 7th, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakesh (COP-22). The course is taught in Spanish by 21 speakers from 22 institutions in 8 countries. It was co-funded by the Development Bank for Latin America (CAF), developed with the Tropi-Dry Network and the University of Alberta, in collaboration with the UN Secretariat to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Secretariat of the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

This unique MOOC on the Impacts of Climate Change in Latin America includes background information, frameworks and real case studies in the social, biological and economic dimensions, which are required to promote sustainability in Latin America. It aims to provide users with a good understanding of current climate change science as well as analytical abilities in the following areas: impact of climate change on biodiversity and ecosystem services, impact of environmental global changes, international mechanisms to cope with impacts on biodiversity and the economics of climate change. The goal is to raise awareness and communicate knowledge while promoting UN Sustainable Development Goals #4 (education), #13 (climate change) and #17 (partnerships for the goals). Pre-registration is available at www.cclatam.org.

More information available at:  English: http://www.iai.int/?p=15632, Spanish: http://www.iai.int/?p=15635.

Funding/Study/Work Opportunities

Post Doctoral Fellowships (Centre for Demographic Research (DEMO) of the Université Catholique de Louvain)
Application deadline: 10 November 2016

The Centre for Demographic Research (DEMO) of the Université catholique de Louvain – Belgium (www.uclouvain.be/demo) informs you of the launch of the "MOVE-IN Louvain" call for postdoc fellowships by the Université catholique de Louvain (www.uclouvain.be). These fellowships – for a period of 12 to 24 months – are aimed at researchers who have not stayed or worked in Belgium for more than 12 months over the last 3 years, and with maximum 6 years of postdoctoral experience. The call is also open to people completing their PhD in the coming months.

Information on this call and application forms are available at:
https://www.uclouvain.be/en-movein.html (English version).

The application for a postdoctoral fellowship needs to be supported by the Research Centre in which the applicant intends to work. Interested candidates are invited to follow this procedure:

Deadline for applications 10 November 2016: send a CV (first three pages of the application form) and a preliminary project (1-2 pages). This should be sent by email to hierry.eggerickx @uclouvain.be.

By  Friday, November 18, shortlisted candidates will be informed by the research centre. The period of November 18 to December 23, preparation of the application, with the support of the research centre.and should be sent by 4 January 4, 2017.

ECSP Winter/Spring 2017 Internship (Wilson Center)
Application deadline: 31 October 2016

The Environmental Change and Security Program is seeking interns to:

    Write for our award-winning blog, New Security Beat
    Network with leading experts in the environment, development, and security
    Work closely with the friendly, dynamic “Green Team” at the Wilson Center

Potential interns should be students and/or recent graduates with an interest in, coursework related to, and/or experience working on environmental and human security.

In addition, applicants should:

    Possess strong research, writing, and/or administrative skills
    Be detail-oriented
    Be able to work both independently and as part of a group
    Be enrolled in a degree program, recently graduated (within the last year), and/or have been accepted to enter an advanced degree program within the next year

ECSP currently offers unpaid internships. We are looking for candidates who are willing to devote at least 20 hours per week, up to a maximum of 35 hours per week.

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and short writing sample (between two and five pages in length).

Please submit application via e-mail to ecsp @wilsoncenter.org with “[Season] [Year] Internship” in the subject line (e.g., “Spring 2017 Internship”).

The deadline is rolling. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Due to the high volume of resumes ECSP receives, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Deadline: 31 Oct. 2016.

For information, please visit http://go.wilsoncenter.org/o00e800cR00GbM00VUVV4D0.

Graduate Assistantships/Fellowships (Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS) at Michigan State University)
Posted: 28 October 2016

Graduate assistantships/fellowships are available for outstanding self-motivated students to conduct innovative and high-impact research at the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS) at Michigan State University (http://csis.msu.edu).

Research topics may include  sustainability science, coupled human and natural systems, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, human well-being, land change science, forest and landscape ecology, global change, systems integration (integration of ecology with demography, economics, sociology, technology, and policy; integration of land, water, and/or energy such as food-energy-water nexus),  wildlife ecology and conservation (e.g., giant pandas in China and polar bears in Alaska), systems modeling and simulation (e.g., agent-based modeling), and telecoupling (socioeconomic and environmental interactions over distances,  through means such as globalization, human and animal migration, species dispersal, species invasion, disease spread, spread of pollutants and wastes, trade of goods and products, flows of ecosystem services, environmental and hydrological flows, foreign investment, technology transfer, water transfer, and tourism, telecoupling.org).  Papers on these topics by CSIS faculty and students have been published in journals such as Science, Nature, and PNAS (see http://csis.msu.edu/research/publications).

With flexible start dates (e.g., summer or fall of 2017), successful candidates can build on these previous studies and explore new frontiers of research.

Application materials include: (1) letter of application, (2) statement of professional goals, (3) CV or resume, (4) transcripts, (5) GRE scores, (6) TOEFL scores (for non-native English speakers only), (7) list of 3-4 references (names and contact information), and (8) up to three representative publications if any. Unofficial copies of GRE, TOEFL and transcripts are OK initially.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible, or until the positions are filled.  Applications and questions about these opportunities can also be emailed to:

Jianguo (Jack) Liu
Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability
Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48823-5243, USA
liuji @msu.edu

Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track, Geospatial Analysis of Environment and Society (Department of Environment and Society (EnvS) at Utah State University (USU) )
Posted: 28 October 2016

The Department of Environment and Society (EnvS) at Utah State University (USU) invites applications for the tenure-track position of Assistant Professor with expertise in geo-informatics and geospatial modeling of social-environmental systems. This position is part of a cluster of hires focusing on analysis of large data sets across multiple colleges at Utah State University. This is a permanent, full-time (nine-month) position based at the USU main campus in Logan. The relative emphasis for the position is 50% research, 40% teaching/advising, and 10% service. The position will start August 2017.

The successful candidate must have a strong conceptual and theoretical background in geospatial analytics, large data sets, social-environmental science, Geographic Information Systems, and associated quantitative methods. Quantitative, policy-relevant work concerning land use, natural resource management, environmental perceptions and conflict, ecosystem services, global change, energy, or transportation networks would interface well with the collaborative interests of EnvS faculty. Teaching would include up to three courses per academic year.  Courses would be taught at both undergraduate and graduate levels.  Topics may include Intro or Advanced GIS, Geovisualization, Geospatial analytics, and land change modeling. Courses may be delivered face-to-face, via distance learning, or in a blended format. Service includes participation in faculty duties on campus as well as professional involvement off-campus.

Candidates must have an earned doctorate at the date-of-hire in geography or a related field. They also should have a publication record consistent with their career stage, and be able to show the potential to build and maintain a productive research program, including the ability to secure competitive external funding. Candidates must also have the ability to effectively collaborate in an interdisciplinary academic setting that may include stakeholders such as government agencies and private sector entities.

Prior teaching experience is welcomed. Experience with or the desire to learn about distance-education course delivery is advantageous. The ideal candidate will have a proven record in geospatial analysis of large social-environmental data sets and a background in social science.

Review of applications begins December 5, 2016. Applicants should submit (a) a cover letter, which should also include your “Research Statement” and “Teaching Philosophy;” (b) a curriculum vitae; and (c) the names of three persons who can provide letters of reference. See http://usu.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobid=1749 for more information and to apply online.

For further information contact Dr. Joseph Tainter, Search Committee Chair at joseph.tainter @usu.edu.

Assistant Professor in Environmental/Energy Justice (Michigan Technological University)
Posted: 28 October 2016

The Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Technological University invites applications for an Assistant Professor to join an interdisciplinary social sciences faculty. We seek a scholar specializing in environmental and/or energy justice. Candidates with strengths in policy analysis and/or spatial methodologies are especially encouraged to apply.

Candidates must have PhD in Anthropology, Geography, History, Political Science, Sociology or a related interdisciplinary field is required by August 15, 2017. Strong research record and agenda, as well as high potential for securing external funding. Teaching experience is strongly desired

Applications will be reviewed starting November 15, 2016. Full consideration will be given to applications received by that date.

Required application materials:
• Letter of interest
• Curriculum vitae
• Research statement
• Teaching statement
• Writing sample(s)

Applicants will be asked to provide names and contact information for a minimum of 3 references (up to five names accepted). Letters of reference will be requested from those applicants making the short list. For more information, see https://www.jobs.mtu.edu/postings/4766.

Literature/New Additions to Database

Late Pleistocene climate drivers of early human migration
27 October 2016

Using a numerical reaction/diffusion human dispersal model, the study set out to quantify the effects of climate on human dispersal over the last glacial period.

Human migration: Climate and the peopling of the world
27 October 2016

The authors discussed the most comprehensive climate, vegetation and human-dispersal modelling study performed so far as presented Timmermann and Friedrich in a paper online in Nature.

One step forward, two steps back? The fading contours of (in)justice in competing discourses on climate migration
26 October 2016

In this article, the authors discussed the risks that the emerging narrative on ‘migration as adaptation’ entails, they question how the shift from climate refugees to climate migration could signal a marginalisation of the very problem of ‘climate justice’ in the debate on the climate change and migration nexus.

Perceptions of environmental change and migration decisions
26 October 2016

The authors designed and conducted a new survey to collect both migration and environmental data in Vietnam in order to study the effects of individual perceptions of different types of environmental events (i.e., sudden/short-term vs. slow-onset/long-term) on migration decisions.

Land use as a mediating factor of fertility in the Amazon
26 October 2016

Using empirical data from Ecuadorian Amazon between 1980 and 1999, this study examines the relationship between factors associated with land-use/land-cover change (LUCC) and fertility in tropical environments.

Newcomers and oldtimers: Do classification methods matter in the study of amenity migration impacts in rural America?
26 October 2016

Drawing on household survey data from nine communities in north-central Colorado, this study applies five migrant–non-migrant classification methods to examine how the differences/similarities between the migrants and non-migrants (or ‘‘newcomers’’ and ‘‘oldtimers’’) may vary across different approaches.

The relative importance of climate change and population growth for exposure to future extreme droughts
26 October 2016

Results from this study show that at the national level, 129 countries will experience increase in drought exposure mainly due to climate change alone; 23 countries primarily due to population growth; and 38 countries primarily due to the interaction between climate change and population growth.

Local perceptions of climate change impacts and migration patterns in Malé, Maldives
26 October 2016

This study covers outcomes from our field research in Male, the capital of Maldives, in 2013, using quantitative questionnaires with local respondents (N=347). The results suggest that, besides a set of actually experienced environmental and climate challenges, slow-onset climate change impacts such as sea-level rise are perceived as being one of the key factors affecting Maldivian society and livelihoods.

Heterogeneous climate effects on human migration in Indonesia
26 October 2016

Using panel data from the Indonesian Family Life Survey and high-resolution climate data, the authors examined the effect of anomalous temperatures, rainfall levels, and monsoon timing on migration outcomes and assessed whether intra- and inter-province moves are used as a response to climatic shocks.

Who is concerned about and takes action on climate change? Gender and education divides among Thais
25 October 2016

Using data from 2010 Opinions about the Environment and Global Warming (OEGW), a nationally representative survey of 3900 adults, the study investigated the relationships between climate change perceptions and climate-relevant behaviors, i.e. the actions individuals take to minimize the problem of global warming (mitigation actions) in Thailand.

Future differential vulnerability to natural disasters by level of education
25 October 2016

Based on the estimation from cross-country time series of natural disaster mortality for the years 1970–2010 in 174 countries, the study showed that countries with a higher proportion of women with at least secondary education experienced far fewer deaths due to climate-related extreme natural events.

The demography of human development and climate change vulnerability: A projection exercise
25 October 2016

The authors projected how the Human Development Index (HDI) that assessed the degree of vulnerability of future societies to extreme climatic events.

A four-dimensional population module for the analysis of future adaptive capacity in the Phang Nga province of Thailand
25 October 2016

The paper presented a new DE analysis for the southern Thai province of Phang Nga (located north of Phuket), to assess future population-environment interactions, and in particular the vulnerability of coastal populations to environmental factors and their future adaptive capacity. The analysis assesses population changes in the four-dimensional space, as defined by age, sex, level of education, and labour force participation

Climate Change Indicators in the United States
25 October 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes this report to communicate information about the science and impacts of climate change, assess trends in environmental quality, and inform decision-making. The report presents 37 indicators, each describing trends related to the causes and effects of climate change. The report focuses primarily on the United States, but in some cases global trends are presented to provide context or a basis for comparison

By all measures: an examination of the relationship between segregation and health risk from air pollution
25 October 2016

The paper examines how the health risk from industrial toxins varies by the 19 most commonly used residential segregation measures using segregation measures for the 331 Metropolitan/Primary Metropolitan (M/PMSA) in the continental United States.

Climate shocks and migration: an agent-based modeling approach
25 October 2016

The authors constructed an agent-based model derived from qualitative and quantitative analyses of a well-studied demographic field site, Nang Rong district, northeast Thailand, to examine how climate shocks might affect migration in rural agricultural areas.

Climate shocks and the timing of migration from Mexico
25 October 2016

Using combined detailed migration histories and socio-demographic data from the Mexican Migration Project (MMP)2 with daily temperature and precipitation information from the Global Historical Climate Network–Daily (GHCN-D), the study explores the temporally lagged association between a climate shock and future migration and analyzed the risk of Mexico-US migration over a seven-year period after a climate shock

Cyclone Aila, livelihood stress, and migration: empirical evidence from coastal Bangladesh
25 October 2016

The paper examines the connection between environmental events and migration fousing on why households migrated as a unit from affected areas following Cyclone Aila in the Khulna District, Bangladesh.

The day after the disaster: forced migration and income loss after hurricanes Katrina and Rita
25 October 2016

Using data of households affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, extracted from the Public Use Microdata Samples (PUMS) of the 2006 ACS , the study presents a micro-level migration-income model for a disaster of catastrophic dimensions.

DHS Modeled Map Surfaces
25 October 2016

The DHS Program provides a standard set of spatially modeled map surfaces for recent population-based survey. Each modeled surfaces is produced using standardized geostatistical methods, publically available DHS data, and a standardized set of covariates across countries. Each map package contains a mean estimate surface, an uncertainty surface, and corresponding information on the model creation process and validation.

Human mortality in Cyprus: the role of temperature and particulate air pollution
25 October 2016

This study examines the effect of extreme weather on mortality in Cyprus. It investigates the individual effect of meteorological indicators on mortality, as well as the role of particulate air pollution (PM10).

Engagement of demographers in environmental issues from a historical perspective
24 October 2016

Using the 2015 meeting of the Population Association of America program, the author discussed the possible reason why demographers are reluctant to address population and environmental issues.

The next best time for demographers to contribute to climate change research
24 October 2016

The author lsited her arguments as to why population scientists should get involved in the climate change studies.

Will climate change shift demography’s ‘normal science’?
24 October 2016

The authors discussed why demographers and population scientists should now be involved in climate change research. They provided four key points: while environmental aspects of classic demographic theories have not been emphasized in population research, there is evidence of recent change; the data and the methodological challenges that have discouraged demographers from integrating environmental considerations are being addressed; there are demographers who are emphasizing climate change; and, there are opportunities for including climate change issues in population

Barriers to involvement of Chinese demographers in climate change research
24 October 2016

The authors discussed four reasons as to why only a few chinese demographers are invloved in climate change research: topics surrounding climate change are more directly related to other social science disciplines than demography; the lack of interdisciplinary collaboration, despite the interconnectedness of the issues of population and climate change; the discomfort with addressing population and environment issues; and, limitations in funding.

Population dynamics and climate change: A challenging frontier for the intrepid demographer
24 October 2016

The author outlines the challneges facing a demographer who wanted to venture into climate change research: the complexity of climate science and the limitations of data and methods for integrating the environmental and climate context into the microdata commonly used by demographers; the lack of interdisciplinary collaboration, despite the interconnectedness of the issues of population and climate change; and, the research topics surrounding climate change are more directly related to other social science disciplines than demography.

Two statements on population and sustainable development produced by global scientific panels in 2002 and 2012
24 October 2016

The author highlights the contributions demographers can make to research on sustainable development, especially by providing estimates and forecasts of population dynamics, which are fundamental to policy design.

Differential mortality patterns from hydro-meteorological disasters: Evidence from cause-of-death data by age and sex
24 October 2016

Using previously untapped cause-of-death data over the period 1995–2011 that were obtained from the WHO mortality database, and were based on the
civil registration records of 63 countries/territories, the study evaluates patterns of mortality among different population subgroups related to meteorological disasters in the spirit of model life tables.

Daily mortality changes in Taiwan in the 1970s: An examination of the relationship between temperature and mortality
24 October 2016

By examining the impact of extreme temperatures on mortality in Taiwan over the period 1971–1980, the study shows that variations in daily mortality were related to changes in temperature.

Assessing the effectiveness of a social vulnerability index in predicting heterogeneity in the impacts of natural hazards: Case study of the Tropical Storm Washi flood in the Philippines
24 October 2016

Using raw, individual-level census data for the Philippines, the authors developed social vulnerability indices at the most basic level of governance, the barangay, to establish relationships between the derived vulnerability measurements and flood exposure and the impacts of coastal flash floods triggered by Tropical Storm Washi in the southern Philippines in December 2011.

Social vulnerability to floods in two coastal megacities: New York City and Mumbai
24 October 2016

Using spatial methods to test the hypothesis that there are higher levels of social vulnerability in flood-prone areas of New York City and
Mumbai, the authors employed census data to develop social vulnerability indices of the cities, New York City and Mumbai, then overlaid the SoVI scores onto flood extent maps for Hurricane Sandy (New York, October 2012) and the Mumbai flash floods (July 2005).

Who perceives what? A demographic analysis of subjective perception in rural Thailand
24 October 2016

Using a unique panel surveys dataset from rural Thailand, the paper explores the causes cited by surveyed household members for why the respondent’s household had a bad income year, and the associated demographic characteristics across households in which the respondent reported that environmental and other economic problems represented risk factors.