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Special Issue of Population and Environment: Combining Remotely Sensed and Demographic Data to Investigate Population Processes

Submission deadline: 31 October 2018

In 1998, The National Academy of Sciences published People and Pixels, highlighting new approaches for integrating satellite-based remote sensing into key population-environment research areas.  Now, twenty years later, the increased availability of remotely sensed data and georeferenced population data has expanded empirical research on population-environment interactions and the potential for theoretical and methodological contributions to the field. 

For this special issue, we seek a range of empirical papers that examine the uses and applications of remotely sensed data in population research, particularly in population research using standard demographic data, that is, from household-level survey, census or demographic surveillance data.  We are primarily interested in research that combines remotely sensed data with population data to carefully and deliberately address the temporal and spatial complexities that accompany this type of analysis, or which demonstrate the value added of using satellite data to address demographic questions. Contributions at any geographic scale are welcome. Papers may include considerations of gender, social inequalities, environmental security, food security, land use land-cover change, and climate-change, among other social and environmental processes and characteristics.

More generally, the research should improve broader understanding, theory and methods regarding the association between population and environment and strategies for dealing with complex and diverse data. We encourage contributions based on quantitative as well as qualitative data, as well as those that focus on policy dimensions. Submissions will be reviewed by social science and remote-sensing/environmental data science experts.

Submission Deadline: 31 October 2018. Please submit questions prior to this deadline to Kathryn Grace or Deborah Balk, Editors of the special issue. Submitted manuscripts should be formatted in accordance with Population and Environment guidelines available in the journal or at Manuscripts should be uploaded to the journal’s website and authors should select the Special Issue: Remote data. For more information visit:


Call for papers: 8th Population Conference, ALAP

Conference date(s): 23 October 2018 - 26 October 2018

The Latin American Population Association invites proposals for oral presentations and posters for the 8th Population Conference. The theme of the conference is “Population and sustainable development: public policies and developments in socio demographic measurement”, and one of the topics in population and environment.

More information and guidelines for abstract submission (in Spanish, English and Portuguese) are available at

Deadlines for submissions: 5 March 2018.

Location: Mexico

Fourth World Social Science Forum

Conference date(s): 25 September 2018 - 28 September 2018

The series of World Social Science Forum is one of ISSC’s flagship activities. The WSS Forum gather researchers, funders, policymakers and other stakeholders from all over the world to discuss important societal challenges, take stock of social science contributions and capacities, and make recommendations for future research, practice and policy. The three Forum held in the past nine years have achieved great success, making this series highly prestigious and influential.

The World Social Science Forum2018 is dedicated to security, currently one of the most pressing concerns of societies worldwide. Over the course of four days, the participants will look into various dimensions of security, interrogating how the demand for security relates to societies’ quest for equality and sustainability. Presenters will look into approaches, trends, and responses from different sectors. The WSS Forum2018 will allow identifying critical research priorities on security, as well as data and knowledge gaps, globally and in specific regions

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Location: Japan

World Social Sciences Forum 2018 (WSSF2018)

Conference date(s): 25 September 2018 - 28 September 2018

The Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) and Comparative Research in Poverty (CROP) invite authors to submit a paper abstract for presentation at the session OP3-03 of the World Social Sciences Forum 2018 (WSSF 2018) on “Poverty, water and sustainable development in global change: exploring the nexus from a sustainability science and human security perspective” jointly chaired by Elma Montana (IAI / Uruguay) and Alberto Cimadamore (CROP / Norway). See:

Papers should aim to highlight the complex interrelationships between water and the search for a good life in times of global change, within the framework of the new agenda for sustainable development. They should contribute to research on the links between water and poverty from a thematic and methodological approach. The thematic focus must improve knowledge about poverty production processes resulting from the combination of ecological (climatic, hydrological, ecosystemic) and human (social, political, institutional, and cultural) factors.

Furthermore, contributions will explicitly present the theoretical/methodological frameworks and practices that enabled the production of such complex knowledge, including lessons learned from successful or failed interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary experiences. Selected presenters should be willing to work on their paper with a view to publication after the session. High quality papers not selected for presentation at the session might also be included in the publication.

Submission must be made through the WSSF 2018 Call for Papers page at

Call for Papers closes 17 March 2018.

Location: Kyushu University, Japan

Call for abstracts: Coupled Human-Earth Systems for Sustainability, 2018 IGU Regional Conference

Conference date(s): 06 August 2018 - 10 August 2018

As part of the 2018 IGU Regional Conference which will be held in the Québec City Convention Centre from August 6 to 10, 2018, the IGU commission on Geography for Future Earth: Coupled Human-Earth Systems for Sustainability (IGU-GFE) will organize the session “Coupled Human-Earth Systems for Sustainability”. They are inviting papers for presentation in the session which covers the following areas of interest (but are not limited to):

•    Fundamentals of Geography for Future Earth, and especially new theories and hypothesis on coupled human-earth systems for sustainability;
•    Open and inclusive platforms for Geospatial Big Data and observations of coupled human-earth systems;
•    Integrated Earth system models to deepen our understanding of complex Earth systems and human dynamics across different scales;
•    Linkages and dynamic analysis among ecological process, services, and human wellbeing;
•    Human Contributions and Responses to global climate/environmental changes and sustainability;
•    Evaluation tools for sustainable development, multi-scale sustainability evaluation, and sustainable scenarios for transformative development pathways.

All submitted abstracts will be accepted. The review process will determine the place in the program. Before submitting an abstract, author must register online, pay all fees and receive their abstract submission code at:
All abstract submissions must be made through the IGU-CAG- NCGE Online Submission Platform.  Abstracts must not exceed 250 words. The abstract should describe the object of study, research questions, methods, and conclusions.  All abstracts are due by 15 March 2018 at 11:59 pm EST.
Further details of the submission procedures are available on the conference website:

Location: Québec City Convention Centre, Canada

Call for papers – The 4th Asian Population Association (APA) Conference 2018

Conference date(s): 11 July 2018 - 14 July 2018

The Asian Population Association Conference has strongly become a major international event drawing over 1,600 participants from over 50 countries around the globe. The Conference is held every three years, providing opportunities for experts and students to share and discuss their scientific study of population issues, including but not limited to: Fertility, Reproductive Health, Mortality, Child Health, Migration, Refugees, Population Ageing, Labor force and Employment, Population and Education, Poverty, Population and Development, Gender Issues and Techniques of Demographic Analysis. The fourth APA Conference will be hosted at Shanghai University.

The call for abstracts has been extended to 15 October 2017. More information is available at

Location: China

2nd edition of the Barcelona Summer School of Demography (BSSD)

Session date(s): 18 June 2018 - 27 June 2018

The Centre for Demographic Studies (CED) is happy to announce that registration to the 2nd edition of the Barcelona Summer School of Demography (BSSD) is now open.

The Barcelona Summer School of Demography (BSSD), based at the Centre for Demographic Studies (CED), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, offers a six-week summer school in R. The course is divided into six modules - one per week - covering three major strengths of R: statistical and demographic analysis, data visualization, and spatial analysis. Each module consists of 20 hours of teaching, combining theoretical lectures and practical exercises. All courses are taught in English, by leading experts.

Deadline for application is 31 March 2018. Applicants will be informed about the results of selection process by mid-April 2018.

For further information and registration, see h

Location: Centre d’Estudis Demogràfics (CED), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain

Boundary Spanning: Advances in Socio-Environmental Systems Research, An International Symposium

Conference date(s): 11 June 2018 - 13 June 2018

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), in partnership with the National Science Foundation, Resources for the Future, and University of Maryland, is convening an international symposium, June 11-13, 2018 in Annapolis, MD. The symposium will explore the current state of socio-environmental systems research, recent advances in the field, and the unique challenges and opportunities engendered by the questions and approaches of socio-environmental systems research. In addition, the symposium will catalyze and inspire new collaborative and interdisciplinary communities of research and practice. Symposium talks, sessions and discussions will be organized around three guiding themes: socio-environmental systems under stress, in transition, and by design. More information about the conference themes can be found on the symposium website. All interested attendees must be willing to present their work in one of several formats: as an oral presentation, a poster, or a lightning talk. Therefore, all interested attendees must submit an abstract for consideration.

The application deadline to present and attend is 2 March 2018
There is no fee to register or attend this symposium. SESYNC will provide attendees with air travel, lodging, and meals for the duration of the Symposium. To submit an abstract for a presentation of any type, please apply here:

For more information, see symposium website

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Location: United States of America

Mountain Futures Conference

Conference date(s): 04 June 2018 - 08 June 2018

The Centre for Mountain Ecosystem Studies will host the second international Mountain Futures Conference. Mountain Futures 2018 will offer unique opportunities to participate in and shape the new activities of the Mountain Futures Initiative, and continue knowledge and innovation-sharing for all with interests in mountain regions.

Conference Themes:

•    Ecosystem Rhythms: Understanding Change
•    Land Systems: Managing Complexity
•    Enhancing Livelihoods: Role of Gender and Local Institutions

For more information, see

Location: China

International Conference on Climate Change in the Mediterranean & the Middle East

Conference date(s): 18 May 2018 - 19 May 2018

The Eastern Mediterranean Middle East (EMME) region faces alarming consequences from climate change, according to data analyses and model predictions, and mitigation and adaptation measures are urgent. The region, home of nearly 500 million people of diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, accounts for about 50% of the world fossil fuel reserves and is troubled by persistent conflicts.

Climate-induced weather extremes and their impacts in the EMME may have major global ramifications. In the conference, modelling predictions of climate change, its impacts especially in the areas of sustainability, health, security and migration, will be presented and debated.

Options for mitigating and especially for adapting to impending climate change in view of energy options, water security, sustainability, and mitigation/adaptation strategies will be explored and proposed.

In the conference, modelling predictions of climate change and its impacts (especially in the areas of sustainability, health, security and migration), will be presented and debated alongside discussions about mitigation, adaptation, and policy options (governance). Although the focus will be regional, this is a conference of global importance, as illustrated by the eminent members of the International Advisory Committee, and the Scientific Programme committee, who are all either world leaders in their field of research, or highly influential at the policy level.

Registration will be opened from 15 Feb. 2018.

For more information, see

Location: Cyprus

Workshop on Climate-Migration-Health, with a focus on trapped populations

Session date(s): 17 May 2018 - 18 May 2018

The two-day workshop is a joint project of the CU Population Center (CUPC), Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado Boulder and the IUSSP Special Emphasis Panel on Climate-Migration-Health.
The workshop will be held at CUPC in Boulder, Colorado and 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.  We aim to introduce scholars of migration-climate, to scholars of climate-health and to also hear from scholars on trapped populations. 
We will spend much of the workshop brainstorming about knowledge gaps and beginning papers/proposals designed to fill those gaps.
Funds are available for partial reimbursement for domestic travel and lodging. Applicants must be post-PhD and we aim for an interdisciplinary mix of junior and senior scholars.

Deadline for submissions: 19 March 2018

Please contact Lori.Hunter with questions.

Location: CU Population Center (CUPC), Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado Boulder, United States of America

Call for Proposals - Cities and Climate Change Science IPCC Conference

Conference date(s): 05 March 2018 - 07 March 2018

The Cities and Climate Change Science Conference: Fostering new scientific knowledge for cities based on science, practice and policy, aims to inspire the next frontier of research focused on the science of cities and climate change. The primary goal of the conference is to assess the state of academic and practice-based knowledge related to cities and climate change, and to establish a global research agenda based on the joint identification of key gaps by the academic, practitioner and urban policy-making communities. Registration is free and funding is available for participants from developing countries.  Proposals should be linked to one or more of the four conference themes:

  • Cities & climate change (Imperatives for action)
  • Urban emissions, impacts and vulnerabilities (Science and practice of cities)
  • Solutions for the transition to low carbon and climate resilient cities (Science and practice for cities)
  • Enabling transformative climate action in cities (advancing science and advancing cities)

In order to ensure vibrant input and discussions at this conference, Cities IPCC partners would like to encourage submissions from scientists, academics, urban practitioners and policy-making communities. For any questions email: info More information about the conference can be found at  Deadline: 16 October 2017.

Location: Canada