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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 www.springer.com. Manuscripts should be uploaded to the journal’s website and authors should select the Special Issue: Remote data. For more information visit: https://link.springer.com/journal/11111.

Call for papers: 8th Population Conference, ALAP
Conference date(s): 23 October 2018 to 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 http://www.alapop.org/alap/.

Deadlines for submissions: 5 March 2018.

World Social Sciences Forum 2018 (WSSF2018) (Kyushu University)
Conference date(s): 25 September 2018 to 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: http://www.wssf2018.org/session-parallel-02-list.html#a_p3.

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 http://www.wssf2018.org/call-for-papers.html

Call for Papers closes 17 March 2018.

Call for abstracts: Coupled Human-Earth Systems for Sustainability, 2018 IGU Regional Conference (Québec City Convention Centre)
Conference date(s): 06 August 2018 to 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: http://igu2018.ulaval.ca/registration/registration-information/.
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: http://igu2018.ulaval.ca/.

2nd edition of the Barcelona Summer School of Demography (BSSD) (Centre d’Estudis Demogràfics (CED), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB))
Session date(s): 18 June 2018 to 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 hhttp://www.population-europe.eu/study-and-career/barcelona-summer-school...

Boundary Spanning: Advances in Socio-Environmental Systems Research, An International Symposium
Conference date(s): 11 June 2018 to 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: http://symposium.sesync.org/apply.html.

For more information, see symposium website http://symposium.sesync.org/.

Send any questions to symposium @sesync.org.

Mountain Futures Conference
Conference date(s): 04 June 2018 to 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 http://mountainfutures.org/

International Conference on Climate Change in the Mediterranean & the Middle East
Conference date(s): 18 May 2018 to 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 http://www.climatechange2018.org/

Workshop on Climate-Migration-Health, with a focus on trapped populations (CU Population Center (CUPC), Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado Boulder)
Session date(s): 17 May 2018 to 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 @colorado.edu with questions.

Funding/Study/Work Opportunities

Introduction to Spatial Agent-Based Modeling Short Course (The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC))
Session date(s): 11 June 2018 to 15 June 2018

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center invites applications for a 5-day short course, 11 -15 June  2018, that will serve as an introduction to the theory and practice of spatially-explicit agent-based modeling (ABM).

This course will guide you through the basic phases of the ABM research process: formulating a research question, specifying a model, creating a simulation and interpreting the output. The course combines lectures with hands-on model-building sessions where you will build a model using NetLogo to acquire basic and intermediate programming skills. More advanced students are welcome to build a model in a programming language of their choice.

Application Deadline: 2 April 2018

To learn more and apply, please https://www.sesync.org/opportunities/short-courses/introduction-to-spatial-agent-based-modeling-june-2018?utm_source=SESYNC+February+2018+Newsletter&utm_campaign=February+2018+Newsletter&utm_medium=email

Graduate Research Assistantships (Michigan State University )
Application deadline: 31 March 2018

Up to three Ph.D. graduate research assistantships are available at Michigan State University in the areas of social-ecological systems, coupled human and natural systems, ecosystem services, and participatory research to support a pair of new, multi-year, multidisciplinary, NASA-funded projects addressing the socio-ecological effects of climate change and dam construction in the Lower Mekong River Basin (i.e. Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam).

Mainland Southeast Asia is a dynamic and rapidly changing region, where rapid urbanization and technological and economic development are increasingly shaping rural landscapes, ecosystems, and agrarian communities. In recent years, numerous dams have been (and are being) constructed along the Mekong River and its tributaries in order to meet the region’s growing appetite for energy, irrigation for agricultural intensification, and protection from extreme weather events. This highly interdisciplinary project aims to better understand the downstream social and ecological effects of dam construction in order to identify sustainable scenarios that address broader regional needs while preserving important ecosystem services and local livelihoods.

The Ph.D. students will use remote sensing and field-based social science research methods (e.g. ethnography, participatory research, participatory GIS, household surveys) to evaluate tradeoffs and synergies among ecosystem services, human well-being, and livelihoods in rural communities affected by upstream dam construction and climate change. The students will work with an interdisciplinary MSU-based team as well as with local partners and will at times be responsible for carrying out independent field research in Southeast Asia.

It is preferred that candidates have a master’s degree in conservation science, environmental studies, ecology, fisheries and wildlife, geography, sociology, anthropology, resource or environmental economics or other relevant fields. Students should have an interest in interdisciplinary research with strong analytical skills (qualitative and/or quantitative, depending on the position) and an interest in mixed-method approaches. Students should have excellent writing skills and the ability to work both independently and in teams in a variety of contexts, including fieldwork in rural communities. Some experience with geospatial tools and analyses is desired, as are familiarity with the region and proficiency (or willingness to learn) one or more local languages (Thai and Khmer).

There is some flexibility on home department depending on interests and experience. Students would be expected to start in the summer of 2018. Expressions of interest should be sent to Dr. Daniel Kramer, dbk @msu.edu.

Deadline: 31 March 2018

For more information, see https://wfscjobs.tamu.edu/jobs/graduate-research-assistantships-michigan/.

Tenure Track Position (Department of Geography, National Taiwan Normal University)
Application deadline: 12 March 2018

The Department of Geography at the National Taiwan Normal University invites applications for a tenure track position at all levels. The department seeks an outstanding candidate who will contribute to the Department's teaching and research in the field of human geography, in particular cultural geography, economic geography, social geography, urban geography or urban environmental planning and design.

The appointment will be effective August 1, 2018 or February 1, 2019. The deadline for application is 12 March 2018. Each application should include a copy of his/her PhD certificate, a copy of identity card or passport, curriculum vitae (including a publication list), copies of last five years' publications, syllabi for intended teaching courses (3 courses, each within 500 words in either Chinese or English) and 2-3 reference letters. We sincerely encourage qualified candidates to apply.

NTNU is an established and growing prestigious university. The Department of Geography offers BA, MA, MS and PhD degrees. The city of Taipei is characterized by ample resources for conducting research and appreciating life. It is a global city with an Asian life style.

Please send application by postal mail to Ms. Joy Chiu, Department of Geography, National Taiwan Normal University, #162 He-ping East Road Section 2, Taipei City, 10610 TAIWAN.

For candidates residing in a foreign country, send application with e-mail to joy @ntnu.edu.tw.

For more information about Geography at NTNU, see www.geo.ntnu.edu.tw.

For questions, contact Ms. Joy Chiu at Telephone: (886) 2-77341654, Fax: (886)2-23691770, or joy@ ntnu.edu.tw.

Policy Communications Fellows Program, Population Reference Bureau
Application deadline: 26 February 2018

The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is now accepting applications for its 2018-2019 Policy Communication Fellows Program. The program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). It is open to individuals from developing countries currently enrolled in academic institutions pursuing doctoral programs and who are between their 3rd and 5th year of studies. The goals of the Policy Fellows program are to understand the process by which research informs the policy environment; to learn how to communicate research to policy audiences in a way that encourages action; and to improve participants’ communication skills using a variety of format and platforms.

Developing-country applicants may be in any field of study but their research focus must be related to one or more of the following: Family planning and/or reproductive health (FP/RH); Contraceptive use/behavior; Maternal and child health (MCH), specifically family planning/MCH integration; Population growth; Adolescent reproductive health; Poverty, health equity, and connections with reproductive health; Gender issues, specifically gender-based violence (GBV), early marriage, and male engagement in family planning; Population, health, and environment interrelations.

More information including instruction on how to apply: http://www.prb.org/About/ProgramsProjects/PRB-Policy-Communication-Fellows-Program.aspx.

Deadline: 26 February 2018

Canada Research Excellence Chair in Migration & Integration (Ryerson University)
Application deadline: 25 February 2018

Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, has been selected to nominate a prestigious Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Migration and Integration with a one-time investment of $10 million in funding over seven years. The university is currently in the active search for a global research leader to nominate for this Chair position. Applications should be emailed to cerc @ryerson.ca and will be accepted until 25 February 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

Ryerson’s Centre for Immigration and Settlement is a leader in immigration studies, exploring migration, integration, as well as refugee and diaspora studies, and has a stellar track-record of creating knowledge that impacts policy and practices. The Chair will be particularly relevant in Ryerson, with its ethnically diverse faculty and student population, and based in Toronto, where immigrants make up more than half the population.

Literature/New Additions to Database

Global population, development aspirations and fallacies (Population mondiale, aspirations de développement et logiques fallacieuses)
20 February 2018

The world is on an unsustainable path of growth. Technology and earlier fertility decline are critical for longer-term environmental purposes but will not resolve the immediate social or environmental crises. For George Martine, a redefinition of “development” and a radically different use of scarce global resources are the most pressing issues to be addressed.

Thinking about the future: the four billion question (Penser à l'avenir: la question des quatre milliards)
14 February 2018

In this article, the author claims that with four billion extra inhabitants on our planet in the next century constitute a serious threat to survival, greater than most observers acknowledge. He argues that greater international cooperation is needed both to achieve the goal of curbing demographic growth and to manage the already scarce resources of our planet.

Remittance Incomes and Social Resilience among Migrant Households in Rural Bangladesh
14 February 2018

In this book, the authors examine how migrant remittances contribute to household social resilience in rural Bangladesh using a mixed methods approach.

Holocene fluctuations in human population demonstrate repeated links to food production and climate
02 February 2018

In this paper, the authors, via an archaeological radiocarbon date series of unprecedented sampling density and detail, consider the long-term relationship between human demography, food production, and Holocene climate.

Impact of population growth and population ethics on climate change mitigation policy
02 February 2018

The authiors, using the Dynamic Integrated Climate-Economy model 2013 (DICE2013), explore two approaches to valuing population: a discounted version of total utilitarianism (TU) and of average utilitarianism (AU) to show that how future population is valued importantly determines mitigation decisions.

Local perceptions of climate change impacts and migration patterns in Malé, Maldives
02 February 2018

In this study, the authors conducted field research among islanders in Malé, the capital of Maldives, in 2013, using quantitative questionnaires with local respondents (N=347), focusing on the Maldivian perspectives on climate change impacts and migration patterns, examining links (or lack of links) between the two phenomena.

Syllabus: ICEN 351 - Population and the Environment
02 February 2018

An introduction to demography; population growth; fertility, mortality and migration; social and economic factors; population and its impact on the environmental system.

Syllabus: Geography 450 - Population Development and the Environment
02 February 2018

Historical and recent changes in human populations, international development and the global environment are closely interconnected, though sometimes in surprising ways. These changes have brought the world to a population of 7 billion with both unprecedented prosperity and resilient poverty, whose actions have led to a changing climate and declining biodiversity. However this century is likely to witness a peak in the global human population, declining poverty and net reforestation globally. This course will examine these processes through the lens of population geography, a quantitative, people-focused perspective that draws on a variety of types of data, to ask how individual decisions contribute to global outcomes as well as how individuals are affected by global

Syllabus: ARE 1110 - Population, Food, and the Environment
02 February 2018

The course introduces students to a broad spectrum of domestic and international issues relating to human population growth and welfare, food production and distribution, natural resource use, and protection of the environment. The subject matter is interdisciplinary, but a strong emphasis is placed on the role of social and economic factors.

Thirty years of land use/cover change in the Caribbean: Assessing the relationship between urbanization and mangrove loss in Roatán, Honduras
01 February 2018

The results of this research suggest decrease island ecosystem resiliency to environmental stressors and impaired sustainability of tourism development due to rapid urbanization and tourism development in the Caribbean.

Environmental Change, Migration, and Conflict in Africa: A Critical Examination of the Interconnections
01 February 2018

To examine how migration may act as an intervening and causal variable between environmental change and conflict, the author has combined climate-conflict and environment-migration research.

Does climate matter? An empirical study of interregional migration in China
01 February 2018

Using a robust empirical approach based on a correlated random effects model and a prefecture-level panel dataset, the study focuses on the role of local climate conditions in spurring interregional migration in China over the period 2000 to 2010.

How can migration serve adaptation to climate change? Challenges to fleshing out a policy ideal
01 February 2018

In this paper, the authors identified possible different options for research into the consequences of migration for adaptation.

Unemployment, rural--urban migration and environmental regulation
01 February 2018

To analyze the effects of energy taxes in general equilibrium, this paper develops a dual economy model, which is an extension of Satchi and Temple (2009).

Adaptive migration: pluralising the debate on climate change and migration
31 January 2018

In this paper, the multi-dimensional relationship between climate change and migration was explored as well as new perspectives and concepts to interpret the emerging theory of adaptive migration was advanced, through the use of the concept of pluralism.

Migration decision-making under environmental change: Place utility, mobility and ecosystem services in highland Peru
30 January 2018

Using a highland migrant sending area in a small coastal valley of Peru, the research investigates the social and environmental mechanisms that lead to individuals adopting migration as an adaptation to environmental change.

Contextualising Typologies of Environmentally Induced Population Movement
30 January 2018

Using the case of Tuvalu, the paper analysed key environmental factors said to contribute to population movement, in addition to considering time factors, in order to show how typologies for environmentally induced population movement need to be understood in a contextualised manner.

Conceptualizing and contextualizing research and policy for links between climate change and migration
30 January 2018

The paper provided a critical analysis and synthesis of literature on climate change and migration through indicating indicate of contention, identifying  areas where more knowledge is needed, and recommending possible policy-related actions that could be pursued.