Australian National University


CIESIN-Columbia University
Shanghai University and Population Council
Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, OeAW, University of Vienna)

IUSSP Secretariat

International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP)

Council Liaison

El Colegio de Mexico

Population dynamics play important roles in the causes and consequences of climate change; these need to be better understood and taken into account when designing mitigation and adaptation strategies. By establishing a scientific panel on climate change the IUSSP recognizes the importance of this new field of research.

The overall aims of the panel are to (i) strengthen and expand the network of population researchers working in this field; (ii) encourage the development of a richer and deeper understanding of the ways population processes interact with climate change; and (iii) ensure this improved understanding is made available to a wide range of researchers and policymakers.

The panel will organize a number of meetings and other activities to achieve these objectives. Pursuing these aims will require some cross-disciplinary research and integrating insights from other disciplines including the earth sciences. Secondary aims therefore are to reflect on the conditions which foster fruitful engagement in such cross-disciplinary research, and whether these have implications for demographic training.


Programme of activities

International Seminar on Population Dynamics and the Human Dimensions of Climate Change

Canberra, Australia, 27-29 November 2012

International Seminar on Demographic Differential Vulnerability to Natural Disasters in the Context of Climate Change Adaptation

Kao Lak (Phang Nga), Thailand,  23 – 25 April 2014