Calls for Papers

  • Cumberland Lodge
    September 26, 2016 - 9:00am - 9:00pm
    Windsor, UK
    July 3, 2016
    Undoubtedly, many of the most pressing challenges of our age relate to changes in human population. Many people believe that the world is overpopulated and that population growth is causing significant social, economic and environmental harm. However, countries with low rates of population growth are struggling to cope with an ageing population and a shrinking workforce. Yet these issues receive little attention from academics, and public debate is often led by unconsidered opinion and ideological divides about the ethics of birth and death. This presents opportunities for interdisciplinary researchers to break new ground and make significant contributions to contemporary policy decisions.This colloquium will explore different perspectives on moral issues relating to human population.  Topics covered throughout the day will include: the morality of procreative decision-making, the shifting contours of individual lives, the relationship between human populations and the environment and the effect of demographic changes on human wellbeing. Our goal is to bring together scholars with an interest in these interrelated issues from theoretical and scientific perspectives with practitioners and policy makers, to spark debates and to stimulate collaborations. We hope to draw on a growing body of research on population and ethics in philosophy, demography, political science, anthropology, geography, sociology, ecology and reproductive health. We are seeking to select up to 8 presentations, with a preference for work from early career researchers and postgraduates, that explore the following topics:
    1. The morality of birth: Are procreative decisions moral decisions, and if so what norms and values govern then? How do these decisions interact with wider moral and political debates, or are they essentially private?
    2. The changing shape of society: Shifting age demographics and family structures are altering the structure of our communities. How are these changes affecting the balance of responsibilities between generations and how should societies react?
    3. Human populations and the environment: Are population controls an appropriate response to environmental change, or are consumption, technology and behaviour more important? Is it right to give priority to expanding human populations, when populations of other species are collapsing?
    4. Optimum demographics: Is there such a thing as an optimum population size, and how should this be determined? Are there optimum levels for other demographic features, such as growth rate or age structure, that promote wellbeing and human development?
     In order to maximise the impact of this emerging field of interdisciplinary research, participants will be able to contribute their ideas to a video on population ethics that we will be producing in collaboration with the Westminster think tank Common Vision. Successful applicants will have their registration fee and travel costs provided free of charge.To submit a proposal, please send an abstract of 500 words or less outlining the content of your proposed presentation to Deadline for submission: 3rd July 2016 Notification of acceptance: 22nd July 2016
    Date posted: 6/20/2016 | View listing
  • International Union for the Scientific Study of Population
    October 11, 2016 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
    Paris, France
    July 11, 2016
    While the dichotomous sex variable (male/female) is central to all analyses of mortality, fertility and migration, its meaning is complex and rarely discussed. What are demographers talking about when they use the words male and female? Does the sex variable refer to biological characteristics, a perceived identity, membership to a social group? The way in which the sex variable is interpreted is of key importance, given that fertility behaviours and mortality risks are closely linked to both the biological and social conditions of each individual. Yet many demographic indicators are different for males and females (life expectancy at birth, age at first childbirth, etc.). What hypotheses have been put forward to explain sexually differentiated demographic behaviours? To what extent do these explanations incorporate the question of gender relations, i.e. the power relations between men and women, and of gender differences in social status? More generally, how do demographic and quantitative approaches reveal inequalities between men and women? The question of sexually differentiated demographic and social behaviours (fertility, mortality, migration, health, education, professional life, etc.) is closely linked to that of gender inequality. One recent publication1 describes social progress regarding gender in France, and the persisting gender inequalities . More women are getting an education and have a stronger presence in the labour force, yet compared with men, they less frequently opt for the most "lucrative" fields in the job market and remain at a disadvantage in terms of salaries and promotions. They still perform the majority of domestic and parenting tasks, and are the main victims of domestic and sexual violence. But demography also provides examples of "reverse inequality", since women have a longer life expectancy than men (though a shorter healthy life expectancy). THE FOUR WORKSHOP THEMES Young researchers (Master's and PhD students, young researchers who defended their PhD after 2009) are invited to present their research findings and explain how gender issues are addressed in their work. The workshop will be organized around the 4 main demographic themes. Contributions with an international comparative dimension are especially welcome.
    • Births, fertility and family
    How have gender equality movements contributed to change in family structures? How is birth control negotiated between partners (contraception, abortion, desired number of children)? What do we know about men’s fertility?
    • Marriage, conjugal life and sexuality
    How do gender norms affect interactions in a couple? How do men and women experience their sexualities at different stages of their relationship (beginning of the relationship, divorce or separation)? Has the diversification of types of couple (unmarried cohabiting couples, non cohabiting couples, etc.) allowed for a greater equality between partners?
    • Migration, mobility and minorities
    How do migration theories take into account the concept of gender? Do men and women have different reasons to migrate, or different ways of migrating? How can research on intersectionality improve our understanding of migration dynamics?
    • Mortality, ageing and health
    Ageing is a major feature of developed countries’ populations, and it implies different challenges for men and women. How can the gap in life expectancy between men and women (biological condition, social behaviours) be explained? What are the living conditions of older men and women (in terms of health, social support, standard of living, etc.)?Proposals (between 300 and 500 words, in English or French) should include your name, the name and address of your institution, the title of the paper and keywords. Please send them by email to the address before July 11th, 2016 (format .doc or .pdf). Authors whose papers have been selected will be informed at the end of July and will be invited to send the text of their paper before September 20th.
    Date posted: 6/20/2016 | View listing
  • Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research
    January 11, 2017 - January 13, 2017
    San Antonio, TX
    August 31, 2016

    The conference is for demographers, sociologists, economists, planners, marketers, and others working with demographic information in applied settings. Plan to join us for this stimulating and fun meeting in the relaxed setting of a historic city. Student participation is encouraged. Contact Lloyd Potter ( for more information or if you wish to be notified when the call for papers is issued. Details will be available soon at:  Important Dates August 31, 2016: Deadline to submit abstracts online September 30, 2016: Program Committee will send acceptance notices to first authors by the end of September November 15, 2016: Deadline for revisions to abstracts (to be published in conference program) January 11-13, 2017: Provide completed presentations and posters to be displayed on conference website Contact and Author Information Submission Contact The person submitting the abstract will automatically be assigned as the contact person for the submission. The following information is required for the contact person: Full Name, Affiliation/Organization, Email Address, and Phone Number. Author(s) You will be asked to list each author of the paper. When adding/modifying authors please pay particular attention to the author order as they are entered. This is the order in which the authors will appear in our printed and web content. The following information is required for each author: Full Name, Affiliation/Organization, and Email Address.

    Proposal Details

    Title: Proposal Title should not exceed 150 characters. Abstracts: Must be a minimum of 150 words and a maximum of 250 words. We recommend that you copy and paste the text of your abstract from a Text Editor (e.g. Notepad, Notepad++, TextEdit) into our submission form. Abstracts are not edited and are published as submitted, so please make sure you proofread your work carefully. Posters: Completed poster size/dimensions: 4 X 6 foot display boards will be provided to mount poster presentations at the conference. An Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file of the presentation should be provided for posting on website. Session Format: Paper: 15-minute Presentation, Discussion Topic, Poster, or Student Poster. Topic Area: Select the Topic Area that best corresponds to your proposal. If your proposal falls under more than one Topic Area you may rank the top three topics in the order that best represents the primary focus of your proposal. Please be aware that the Committee may re-categorize a proposal during the review process if they believe it better corresponds to another Topic Area.

    Aging, Children and Youth, Consumer Markets, Data Collection Methods, Education and Training, Emergency Management, Environment and Natural Resources, Estimates, Family and Household, Fertility, Geovisualization, Government Statistics and Public Policy, Group Quarters, Health Care and Public Health, Housing, Immigration, International Demography, Mortality, National Censuses, Population Change, Poverty and Socioeconomic Status, Projections, Race and Ethnicity, Redistricting, School Demography, Spatial Analysis, Transportation, Workforce, Other.

    Primary contact will receive a confirmation of submission via e-mail. Modifications may be made to submissions until the end of November 15th, 2016, 11:59 p.m. CST. The Program Committee will send acceptance notices, to the submission contact only, by the end of September. You must login to submit a abstract. 

    Date posted: 3/24/2016 | View listing
  • Industrial Alliance Research Chair on the Economics of Demographic Change, Quebec Inter-University Centre for Social Statistics (QICSS), Center for Inter-University Research and Analysis of Organizations (CIRANO)
    December 5, 2016 - December 6, 2016
    Montreal, Quebec
    September 1, 2016

    Around the world, the economic conditions of the elderly are changing rapidly. On one hand, we are seeing the new elderly reach retirement with significant financial assets, in particular among households where both spouses have extensive labor market experience. On the other hand, transformations in the workplace imply that employer pension plans are vastly different from what they were in the past, leading retirees to face potentially more risks – and more complex decisions – than they did. Adding to these factors, trends in population health are mixed, some forces indicating that the future elderly will be healthier while others would suggest more years spent in worse health. With governments beginning to feel the heat from these mounting pressures, and societies – including employers offering retirement saving programs – looking to adapt, this conference aims to shed further light on various dimensions of the well-being of the future elderly population.

    Conference organizers are seeking communications that focus on the following dimensions:

    1. Economic conditions of the elderly (e.g. poverty, wealth, income, subjective well-being)
    2. Health and cognitive status of the elderly
    3. Consumption, expenditures and time use of the elderly
    4. Value of insurance against various risks faced at older ages
    5. Informal and formal care for the elderly
    6. Relationship between retiree well-being and earlier economic and life conditions

    In particular, the conference seeks to present applied research that exploits longitudinal data from various countries or that is comparative in nature. Organizers are also interested more generally in quantitative research that helps to better understand the behaviour and well-being of the elderly; such research may be rooted in economics, demography, sociology, epidemiology, or in other social and health disciplines. Organizers are pleased to announce the following keynote speakers for the event: • Axel Börsch-Supan, Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy • Arie Kapteyn, Center for Economic and Social Research, University of Southern California Approximately 10 papers will be presented over these two days in a format convenient for feedback and discussions. Take a look at the PDF for more information. Those interested in presenting at the conference should send a complete draft of their paper to David Boisclair (, coordinator of the Industrial Alliance Research Chair on the Economics of Demographic Change, no later than September 1st, 2016. Authors whose paper is accepted for presentation at the conference will have their travel expenses covered by the organizers.

    Date posted: 6/21/2016 | View listing
  • January 6, 2017 - January 8, 2017
    Houston, TX
    September 30, 2016
    You are cordially invited to submit abstracts for papers, discussion topics, and posters for the 2017 Population and Public Policy Conference which will be held in Houston Texas from January 6-8. A reception will be held the evening of Friday January 6th, with a full day of sessions on Saturday, January 7th and a half day session on Sunday, January 8th. The conference is sponsored by the Hobby Center of Public Policy, University of Houston, Center for Geospatial and Population Studies, University of New Mexico and the International Applied Demography Association. The main aim of the conference is to bring together educators and policy makers from the U.S. and around the world to network, educate and share their experience with students. We would also like encourage graduate students to submit their research for presentation.   Please feel free to distribute this call for abstracts to anyone who might be interested in presenting their research at the 2017 Population and Public Policy Conference. The deadline for abstract submission is September 30, 2016. However, we encourage you to submit your abstract at your earliest convenience. Please submit your abstract to Nazrul Hoque at We look forward to seeing you at the meeting. Sincerely,Nazrul HoqueDely AlcantaraDavid A. Swanson 
    Date posted: 6/15/2016 | View listing
  • International Union for the Scientific Study of Population
    July 11, 2017 - July 12, 2017
    Cambridge, UK
    September 30, 2016
    Health in urban areas has played a major role in determining trajectories of demographic growth, economic success and individual and community well-being across time. However the relationship between health and urban space has not been constant over either time or place. Before the early twentieth century, towns and cities suffered a probably universal urban mortality penalty, and in some periods acted as ‘demographic sinks’, characterized by high death rates largely due to air and water-borne infections. The improvement of urban environments, together with the development of better preventive and curative medical services which tend to be based in cities, means that urban areas today have lower mortality than their surrounding areas. Although the decline of mortality in urban areas has been studied, there is little consensus about how urban spaces were transformed from unhealthy to healthy places. Such changes are unlikely to have happened at the same time or stage of industrial, economic or infrastructural development in every place, but it has not been established whether there are any key developments which are necessary or sufficient for such transformations to occur. Attempts have been made to link declines in mortality to the introduction of sanitation and water supply, but with mixed success. The roles of housing, street paving, air pollution, and animal keeping in fostering a hostile disease environment have been addressed less often. Municipal governance and institutions have been linked variously to poorer and to better health. How migration contributes to observed mortality rates is also poorly understood: migrants seeking work or a better life are often selected for better health, but may lack immunities to specific urban diseases. Chronic conditions such as tuberculosis may be linked to return or health-seeking migration, and such factors make it hard to disentangle the ways that migration, as other possible influences, might be linked to health outcomes.
    We invite any paper which investigates the transformation of urban health or demographic regimes and we hope to gather a programme which will allow comparisons of a range of places which experienced urban growth of different speeds and characters, or with different disease environments. We welcome papers addressing a wide spectrum of historical eras from the earliest cities up to the present day, and from all continents. We invite contributions from a variety of aspects including: the demographic risks of mortality and ill-health for individuals, groups and places, and the development of institutions and infrastructure and the health environment. Studies focusing on particular components of mortality (e.g. by age or cause) are encouraged as well as those which investigate less easily measured aspects of health. We welcome those who can examine the spatial details of urban health using GIS, and those who aim to shed light on the role of migration.
    Online Submissions:The IUSSP Panel on Historical Demography invites researchers to submit online by 30 September 2016 a short 200-word abstract AND an extended abstract (2 to 4 pages, including tables) or a full unpublished paper for consideration. To submit an abstract please fill out the online submission form here: ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM.Both short and detailed abstracts must be submitted in English. The working language of the meeting is English, and presentations and final papers must be in English. The seminar will be limited to about 20 contributed papers. Submission should be made by the author who will attend the seminar. If the paper is co-authored, please include the names of your co-authors in your submission form (in the appropriate order). Applicants will be informed whether their paper is accepted by 1 November 2016. Participants must submit their complete paper by 31 May 2017. 
    In addition to dissemination through posting on the member-restricted portion of the IUSSP website, seminar organizers will explore possibilities for publishing the papers as an edited volume or a special issue of a journal. Papers submitted should be unpublished and, as for a journal or an edited book, authors, by submitting a paper, agree they will not propose it for publication to another editor until the committee makes a decision with regard to its possible publication. Current funding for the seminar is very limited. All participants will need to cover their own travel costs. If available, funding would pay only for meals and accommodation, and would be restricted to IUSSP members in good standing with priority for participants from less wealthy nations. Funding would also be contingent upon submission of a complete paper of acceptable quality by the deadline for papers.For further information, please contact Seminar Organizers: Alice Reid (, Diego Ramiro (, and Romola Davenport (
    Date posted: 6/20/2016 | View listing
  • February 16, 2017 - February 19, 2017
    London, UK
    October 1, 2016
    LSE Health & Social Care and the LSE’s Department of Social Policy announces a call for papers for the inaugural International Health Policy Conference, to be held at the LSE from 16th -19th February 2017. This unique conference seeks to bring together academics and policy-makers from a wide range of disciplines to take a multi-disciplinary approach to key health and social care issues.Papers are invited for submission to any of the five themes outlined below. It is envisaged that a range of disciplines will be represented within these themes, including, but not limited to, health economics, political science, law, demography, epidemiology, sociology, and psychology.
    • Theme 1: International health systems: Health systems financing; international health reforms; global health and sustainable development; performance measurement; and health inequalities.
    • Theme 2: Social care and mental health: Economic aspects of community care, residential and nursing home provision, long-term care finance, and mental health policy.
    • Theme 3: Regulation and assessment of health technologies: Assessment of pharmaceuticals and medical devices; sustainability of health care financing; economic access to health technologies; and pharmaceutical policy.
    • Theme 4: Behaviour: Understanding and changing behaviour at the individual and population level; role of behavioural insights in public policy making.
    • Theme 5: Population Studies: Aging; life course, socio-economic and intergenerational influences on individual and population health.
    Papers on topics that fall outside of these specified themes will also be considered for presentation at the conference.Abstracts should be submitted by email to Please include details of your full name, organisational affiliation and email address. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to give an oral or poster presentation at the conference. Authors are welcome to make more than one submission, but only one paper per first-named author will be accepted for oral presentation. The best papers, including the best PhD paper (see below) will be invited to submit for consideration in a special issue of the journal, Health, Economics, Policy and Law.Key dates:
    October 1, 2016 – deadline for submission of abstracts
    October 31, 2016 – notification of acceptance of successful papers
    November 30, 2016 – deadline for early-bird registration
    January 15, 2017 – submission of completed papers
    Date posted: 6/20/2016 | View listing