Workshop on Population and Conflict

University of Southampton, England, 7–9 March 2024


Call for Papers:

Deadline for submission: extended to 3 December 2023

Conflict, ranging from peaceful protests and civil unrest to insurgencies, armed clashes, and full-blown wars, is haunting many regions across the world with often dramatic immediate and long-term societal consequences. Political science helps us to explain why such conflicts occur and who gets involved. It is the task of social demographers to assess their ramifications for people’s lives. Building on recent scholarly efforts to illuminate the demographic impact of conflict, this workshop is motivated by several overarching research questions: What are the challenges and solutions to collecting data in a conflict situation? How does conflict lead to demographic changes? Do these relationships vary by the type of conflict event and demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of the location where the conflict takes place? Considering recent conflicts across the globe, we hope to enter a conversation about the various ways in which conflict events can influence population dynamics and how to use novel data sources for studying these questions.


As part of the activities of the IUSSP Scientific Panel on Population Dynamics under Global Conflict and Climate Change, the workshop aims at establishing and strengthening interdisciplinary networks among scholars working in the field of conflict and demography. This in-person workshop will be held at the University of Southampton, 7–9 March 2024. We welcome applications for presentation from scholars at all stages of their careers in demography, economics, sociology, political science, geography and other relevant disciplines. Scholars who already work on various socio-economic consequences of conflict are particularly welcome to apply.

Research interests that fit the workshop's theme include:

  • Conflict and Population Dynamics 
  • Conflict and Reproductive Behaviour
  • Conflict and Mortality, Health, and Wellbeing
  • Conflict and (im)mobility
  • Demographic Impact of Social Movements
  • Data collection during conflicts
  • Research in conflict situations
  • Forced Displacement in Ukraine



Please submit your paper by 3 December 2023 using the IUSSP Abstract Submission Form


Please fill out the form and include:

•    a short abstract (150–200 words), 
•    an extended abstract (2–4 pages) or the full paper.

Please make sure your abstract includes the title, full name(s), affiliation, and e-mail address of each author. Corresponding authors will be notified of papers accepted by 7 December 2023.


The conference may be held in a hybrid format. However, we encourage in-person participation. A very limited number of travel grants is available to participants from low- and middle-income countries. If you are from a low- and middle-income country and you wish to be considered for a travel grant, please let us know when you submit your paper.



  • Liliana Andriano, University of Southampton
  • Brienna Perelli-Harris, University of Southampton
  • Raya Muttarak, University of Bologna
  • Mathis Ebbinghaus, University of Leipzig

If you have any questions regarding the workshop, please contact


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The workshop has received funding from the British Academy (BA/Leverhulme SRG21\210356), the John Fell Fund at the University of Oxford, and the Strategic Research Development Fund of the School of Economic, Social, and Political Science at the University of Southampton in collaboration with the IUSSP Scientific Panel on Population Dynamics under Global Conflict and Climate Change.