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1)      The publication must be in a reputable journal or book.

2)      Only books and special issues will be included (not single articles).

3)      At least one author must be a member in good standing at the time of the request.

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Members’ recent publications: 

Egyptian Female Labor Force Participation and the Future of Economic Empowerment, Springer, 2018


  • Huda Alkitkat, Information and Decision Support Center in the Egyptian Cabinet (Egypt)


Egyptian Female Labor Force Participation and the Future of Economic Empowerment, by Huda Alkitkat (Springer, 2018). According to the United Nations’ agenda for 2030 for sustainable development, namely, the fifth goal “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls,” one of the components of women empowerment is economic empowerment. This book sheds light on Egyptian women’s participation in the labor force during the last three decades up to 2030. The primary objective is to study trends in female labor force participation and predict future participation. The book consists of five chapters: 1) “History of Women’s Economic Empowerment” sheds light on the history of national and international conventions and strategies that promote women’s economic empowerment; 2) “Demographic Profile of Egypt,” provides background on the trends of the most important demographic characteristics of the last decades, such as age and sex distributions, population distribution, fertility and mortality levels, demographic transition, and demographic window; 3) “Trends in Egyptian Female Participation in Labor Force” studies women’s labor force participation during the last three decades using descriptive analysis and working life tables. 4) “Future of Egyptian Female Participation in Labor Force” provides different scenarios to predict female labor force participation in Egypt in 2030; 5) “Summary and Recommendations to Policy Makers” concludes the analysis and opens discussion of the major topics that need to be raised and discussed to improve Egyptian women’s participation in the labor force.

ISBN: 978-3-319-59643-3 (softcover); ISBN: 978-3-319-59644-0 (eBook)

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Migration and Environmental Change in the West African Sahel. Why Capabilities and Aspirations Matter, Routledge, 2018



The West African Sahel is predicted to be heavily affected by climate change in the future. Slow-onset environmental changes, such as increasing rainfall variability and rising temperature, are presumed to worsen the livelihood conditions and to increase the out-migration from the affected regions. Based on qualitative and quantitative data from study areas in Mali and Senegal, this book examines the relationship between population dynamics, livelihoods and environment in the Sahel region, focussing specifically on motives for migration. Critiquing the assumption that environmental stress is the dominating migration driver, the author demonstrates the important role of individual aspirations and social processes, such as educational opportunities and the pull of urban lifestyles. In doing so, the book provides a more nuanced picture of the environment-migration nexus, arguing that slow-onset environmental changes may actually be less important as drivers of migration in the Sahel than they are often depicted in the media and climate change literature. This is a valuable resource for academics and students of environmental sociology, migration and development studies.

ISBN: 9781138217522 (Hardback); ISBN: 9781315440163 (eBook)


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Why Demography Matters, Polity, 2018


  • Danny Dorling, University of Oxford (United Kingdom)
  • Stuart Gietel-Basten, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong)


Demography is not destiny. As Giacomo Casanova explained over two centuries ago: "There is no such thing as destiny. We ourselves shape our own lives." Today we are shaping them and our societies more than ever before. Globally, we have never had fewer children per adult: our population is about to stabilize, though we do not know when or at what number, or what will happen after that. It will be the result of billions of very private decisions influenced in turn by multiple events and policies, some more unpredictable than others. More people are moving further around the world than ever before: we too often see that as frightening, rather than as indicating greater freedom. Similarly, we too often lament greater ageing, rather than recognizing it as a tremendous human achievement with numerous benefits to which we must adapt. Demography comes to the fore most positively when we see that we have choices, when we understand variation and when we are not deterministic in our prescriptions. The study of demography has for too long been dominated by pessimism and inhuman, simplistic accounting. As this fascinating and persuasive overview demonstrates, how we understand our demography needs to change again.

ISBN: 9780745698403 (hardback); ISBN: 9780745698410 (paperback);
ISBN: 9780745698441 (open eBook)


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Demography of Refugee and Forced Migration, Springer 2018

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This authoritative and comprehensive edited volume presents current research on how demography can contribute to generating scientific knowledge and evidence concerning refugees and forced migration, developing evidence based policy recommendations on protection for forced migrants and reception of refugees, and revealing the determinants and consequences of migration for origin and destination regions and communities. Refugee and other forced migrations have increased substantially in scale, complexity and diversity in recent decades. These changes challenge traditional approaches in response to refugee and other forced migration situations, and protection of refugees. Demography has an important contribution to make in this analytic space. While other disciplines (especially anthropology, law, geography, political science and international relations) have made major contributions to refugee and forced migration studies, demography has been less present with most research focusing on issues of refugee mortality and morbidity. This book specifies the range of topics for which a demographic approach is highly appropriate, and identifies findings of demographic research which can contribute to ever more effective policy making in this important arena of human welfare and international policy.

ISBN: 978-3-319-67145-1 (hardcover); ISBN: 978-3-319-67147-5 (eBook)


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Routledge Handbook of Asian Demography, Routledge, 2018

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Asia is the world’s largest and most populous continent. It is also extremely diverse with its populations living in hugely varied natural environments and representing a striking array of demographic characteristics and stages of demographic transition. This Handbook provides a comprehensive study of population change in Asia and related theoretical issues through systematically examining demographic transitions in the region and their relationships with a wide range of social, economic, political and cultural factors. It comprises 28 chapters written by more than 40 experts and is designed to provide a key reference for academics, students, policy makers and anyone who is interested in population change in Asia.   

Hardback: 9780415659901


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Internal Migration in the Developed World: Are We Becoming Less Mobile?, Routledge, 2018

Edited by:

  • Tony Champion, Newcastle University (United Kingdom)
  • Thomas Cooke, University of Connecticut (United States)
  • Ian Shuttleworth, Queen's University Belfast (United Kingdom)


The frequency with which people move home has important implications for national economic performance and the well-being of individuals and families. Much contemporary theory posits that the world is becoming ever more mobile, yet there is mounting evidence (especially from the US) to suggest that this may not be true of all types of mobility nor of all geographical contexts. This book examines the long-term trends in internal migration in the Developed World, especially featuring case studies of the USA, UK, Australia, Japan, Sweden, Germany and Italy, and provides a critical assessment of the extent to which global structural forces, as opposed to national context, have been influencing internal migration behaviour since the 1960s.

Hardback: 9781472478061; eBook: 9781315589282


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Special Issue on Highly Skilled Migration and Global Economic Recession, Population, Space and Place, Volume 22, Issue 5, July 2016, pages 403–503.

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This special issue focuses on a key-component of migration – highly skilled migrants – by addressing the risks they encounter and the hedging mechanisms they employ when confronted with unfriendly policies or economic downturns in the host country. From a conceptual standpoint, the situation discussed here is that of a group with high human capital (highly skilled) in a hostile context of reception. The discussion is framed around the two risks explored by the contributors to this special issue: a significant economic crisis affecting the host country and institutionalized discrimination. Although the individual papers do not necessarily employ a comparative perspective, these topics are explored in four different settings (UK, United States, Israel, and Canada), allowing readers to see how the history and characteristics of the host country influence the issues at hand.

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Special issue on The Science of Choice. Supplement to Population Studies, October 2017

Edited by:

  • Frans Willekens, Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI), (Netherlands)
  • Jakub Bijak, University of Southampton (United Kingdom)
  • Anna Klabunde, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (Germany)
  • Alexia Prskawetz, Vienna University of Technology and Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, VID/ÖAW, WU) (Austria)


To understand population change, it is not sufficient to know what life choices individuals and families make. We need to understand how choices are made. Critical choices in life, such as the choice to marry, to have a child, to migrate, to retire or to end the life course, are outcomes of cognitive processes. The processes involve substantial risk and uncertainty. They consist of stages and each stage takes time. Life choices have far-reaching consequences. Because of them, people’s lives and biographies are diverse, and population change is colourful but complex. Multi-stage decision processes under uncertainty, embedded in the human life course, are the subject of this special issue (supplement) of Population Studies. To master the complexity of the subject, stochastic process models and microsimulation are used, and Bayesian information processing models that incorporate prior beliefs are suggested. The publication should appeal to demographers, sociologists, economists, cognitive scientists and anyone interested in understanding how critical life choices are made. The publication is an outcome of the Scientific Panel on Microsimulation and Agent-Based Modelling convened by the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) and a workshop the Panel organized in cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany. 


The entire publication is Open-Access and available online: Population Studies.  


Ageing, Lifestyles and Economic Crises. The New People of the Mediterranean, Routledge, 2017

Edited by:

  • Thierry Blöss, Université d'Aix-Marseille (France)
  • Isabelle Blöss-Widmer, Université d'Aix-Marseille (France)
  • Elena Ambrosetti, Sapienza Università di Roma (Italy)
  • Michèle Pagès, Université d'Aix-Marseille (France)
  • Sébastien Oliveau, Université d'Aix-Marseille (France)


No society can escape population ageing. This demographic phenomenon has profound social consequences on the lifestyles of individuals and societies. In the light of the accelerated ageing of the Mediterranean area, the analyses which inform this work aim to understand how the age-related policies of Nation-States are partly responsible for the behaviours of the generations. They also highlight how the lifestyle changes are the result of trends which are common to these societies. The Mediterranean area constructed here by the researchers offers an in-depth reflection on the national cases presented, in terms of their specificities or societal singularities, as well as of their dynamics of convergence. Drawing on empirical research in sociology, demography, geography and economics, exploiting the most recent data available and setting the present in historical perspective, Ageing, Lifestyles and Economic Crises studies Mediterranean societies in relation to three major challenges which they now confront. These are: population ageing and its implications in terms of intergenerational family support relationships; increasingly insecure adult professional trajectories and their consequences for the evolution of social gender roles, in an economic context commonly referred to as a 'crisis'; and lastly the role of Nation-States' public policies in the social reproduction of these gender inequalities. These three issues are the keystone to understanding the ongoing transformations in the lifestyles and life cycles of Mediterranean societies. This volume marshals a wealth of recent data that will be useful not only to many academics and scientists but also to local and national policy-makers.

Hardback: 9781138040267; eBook: 9781315175218


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Model-Based Demography. Essays on Integrating Data, Technique and Theory, Springer, 2017



Late in a career of more than sixty years, Thomas Burch, an internationally known social demographer, undertook a wide-ranging methodological critique of demography. This volume contains a selection of resulting papers, some previously unpublished, some published but not readily accessible [from past meetings of The International Union for the Scientific Study of Population and its research committees, or from other small conferences and seminars]. Rejecting the idea that demography is simply a branch of applied statistics, his work views it as an autonomous and complete scientific discipline. When viewed from the perspective of modern philosophy of science, specifically the semantic or model-based school, demography is a balanced discipline, with a rich body of techniques and data, but also with more and better theories than generally recognized. As demonstrated in this book, some demographic techniques can also be seen as theoretical models, and some substantive/behavioral models, commonly rejected as theory because of inconsistent observations, are now seen as valuable theoretical models, for example demographic transition theory.  This book shows how demography can build a strong theoretical edifice on its broad and deep empirical foundation by adoption of the model-based approach to science. But the full-fruits of this approach will require demographers to make greater use of computer modeling [both macro- and micro-simulation], in the statement and manipulation of theoretical ideas, as well as for numerical computation.

Hardback: ISBN 978-3-319-65432-4; eBook: ISBN 978-3-319-65433-1


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This book will also be available online on the Springer website in open access under a CC BY license (for free), hopefully by the end of October.


Africa's Population: In Search of a Demographic Dividend, Springer, 2017

Edited by:

  • Hans Groth, World Demographic and Ageing Forum (Switzerland)
  • John F. May, Population Reference Bureau (United States)


This book examines the promises as well as the challenges the demographic dividend brings to sub-Saharan Africa as fertility rates in the region fall and the labor force grows. It offers a detailed analysis of what conditions must be met in order for the region to take full economic advantage of ongoing population dynamics. As the book makes clear, the region will need to accelerate reforms to cope with its demographic transition, in particular the decline of fertility. The continent will need to foster human capital formation through renewed efforts in the areas of education, health and employment. This will entail a true vision and determination on the part of African leaders and their development partners. The book will help readers to gain solid knowledge of the demographic trends and provide insights into socioeconomic policies that eventually might lead sub-Saharan Africa into a successful future.

Hardback: ISBN 978-3-319-46887-7; eBook: ISBN 978-3-319-46889-1


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Health and Medicine in the Indian Princely States: 1850-1950, Routledge, 2017


  • Waltraud Ernst, Oxford Brookes University (United Kingdom).
  • Biswamoy Pati, Delhi University (India)
  • T.V. Sekher, International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) (India)



Since the 1980s there has been a continual engagement with the history and the place of western medicine in colonial settings and non-western societies. In relation to South Asia, research on the role of medicine has focussed primarily on regions under direct British administration. This book looks at the ‘princely states’ that made up about two fifths of the subcontinent. Two comparatively large states, Mysore and Travancore – usually considered as ‘progressive’ and ‘enlightened’ – and some of the princely states of Orissa – often described as ‘backward’ and ‘despotic’ – have been selected for analysis. The authors map developments in public health and psychiatry, the emergence of specialised medical institutions, the influence of western medicine on indigenous medical communities and their patients and the interaction between them. Exploring contentious issues currently debated in the existing scholarship on medicine in British India and other colonies, this book covers the ‘indigenisation’ of health services; the inter-relationship of colonial and indigenous paradigms of medical practice; the impact of specific political and administrative events and changes on health policies. The book also analyses British medical policies and the Indian reactions and initiatives they evoked in different Indian states. It offers new insights into the interplay of local adaptations with global exchanges between different national schools of thought in the formation of what is often vaguely, and all too simply, referred to as 'western' or 'colonial' medicine.

Hardback: ISBN 978-0-415-67935-0; eBook: ISBN 978-1-315-16587-5


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Assisted Reproductive Technologies in the Global South and North Issues, Challenges and the Future, Routledge, 2016.

Edited by:

  • Virginie Rozée, Institut national d’études démographiques (France)
  • Sayeed Unisa, International Institute for Population Sciences (India)


The book gives an overview of the issues surrounding Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), both in the Global South and North. It presents the political and social frameworks of ART, and its impact in different countries. In the context of social pressure to conceive – particularly for women – this collection explores the effect of the development of ARTs, growing globalisation and reproductive medicalization on societies. Furthermore, this book analyses ART inequalities, commonalities, and specificities in various countries, regions and on the transnational scene. From a multidisciplinary perspective and drawing on multisite studies, it highlights some new issues relating to ART (e.g. egg freezing, surrogacy) and discusses some older issues regarding infertility and its medical treatment (e.g. in vitro fertilisation, childless stigmatisation and access to treatment). This book will appeal to scholars and students in the social sciences, medicine, public health, health policy, women’s and gender studies, and demography.

Hardback:ISBN 978-1-13-893235-7 eBook:ISBN 978-1-31-567931-0


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Intimate Interventions in Global Health: Family Planning and HIV Prevention in Sub-Saharan Africa, Cambridge University Press, 2017.



When addressing the factors shaping HIV prevention programs in sub-Saharan Africa, it is important to consider the role of family planning programs that preceded the epidemic. In this book, Rachel Sullivan Robinson argues that both globally and locally, those working to prevent HIV borrowed and adapted resources, discourses, and strategies used for family planning. By combining statistical analysis of all sub-Saharan African countries with comparative case studies of Malawi, Nigeria, and Senegal, Robinson also shows that the nature of countries’ interactions with the international community, the strength and composition of civil society, and the existence of technocratic leaders influenced variation in responses to HIV. Specifically, historical and existing relationships with outside actors, the nature of nongovernmental organizations, and perceptions of previous interventions strongly structured later health interventions through processes of path dependence and policy feedback. This book will be of great use to scholars and practitioners interested in global health, international development, African studies and political science.

ISBN: 9781107090729


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Generaciones, cursos de vida y desigualdad socialEl Colegio de México and El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, 2016.

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En este libro se analizan los efectos del cambio histórico y la desigualdad social, a partir de tres generaciones de mexicanos nacidos en el periodo transcurrido entre 1951 y 1980, residentes en las grandes ciudades del país. Se utiliza una rica fuente de datos. La EDER 2011, una encuesta retrospectiva que recopila los principales eventos en sus trayectorias demográficas, educativas y laborales. Esta obra está destinada a ser una obra fundamental para entender la relación entre cambio histórico y biografías personales en el México contemporáneo.



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A Global History of Historical Demography - Half a Century of Interdisciplinarity, Peter Lang, 2016.

Edited by:

  • Antoinette Fauve-Chamoux, Ecole des Hautes Etudes En Sciences Sociales (France)
  • Ioan Bolovan, Universităţii Babeş-Bolyai (Romania)
  • Sølvi Sogner, University of Oslo (Norway)


At the XXIst World Congress of the International Committee of Historical Sciences (ICHS/CISH) in 2010 in Amsterdam, the International Commission for Historical Demography (ICHD) decided to write an overview of its own history. Fifty years had gone by since the CISH XIst World Congress in Stockholm 1960, when historians took the first tentative initiatives to create a wholly new interdisciplinary commission for historical demography, a meeting place for a budding discipline where researchers in letters and science could meet, exchange ideas, cultivate and develop a new field. This book is the outcome of that decision. Demography, past, present and future is a common concern for all inhabitants of this planet. The variation is great, however, with regard to sources, social and political conditions, state of the art, technological development, national and local initiatives. In the course of half a century many changes take place. Keeping abreast of the gigantic streams of information and innovation in the field is demanding, even more so for a discipline with global dimensions and ambitions. The book makes fascinating reading, and preparing it has been a rewarding and thought provoking experience. The thirty-seven articles in the book represent as many different stories

ISBN: 9783034323031


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A Fraught Embrace: The Romance and Reality of AIDS Altruism in Africa, Princeton University Press, 2017


  • Ann Swidler, University of California, Berkeley (United States)
  • Susan Cotts Watkins, University of Pennsylvania (United States)


In the wake of the AIDS pandemic, legions of organizations and compassionate individuals descended on Africa from faraway places to offer their help and save lives. A Fraught Embrace shows how the dreams of these altruists became entangled with complex institutional and human relationships. Ann Swidler and Susan Cotts Watkins vividly describe the often mismatched expectations and fantasies of those who seek to help, of the villagers who desperately seek help, and of the brokers on whom both Western altruists and impoverished villagers must rely. Based on years of fieldwork in the heavily AIDS-affected country of Malawi, this powerful book digs into the sprawling AIDS enterprise and unravels the paradoxes of AIDS policy and practice. All who want to do good—from idealistic volunteers to world-weary development professionals—depend on brokers as guides, fixers, and cultural translators. These irreplaceable but frequently unseen local middlemen are the human connection between altruists' dreams and the realities of global philanthropy. The mutual misunderstandings among donors, brokers, and villagers—each with their own desires and moral imaginations—create all the drama of a romance: longing, exhilaration, disappointment, heartache, and sometimes an enduring connection. Personal stories, public scandals, and intersecting, sometimes clashing fantasies bring the lofty intentions of AIDS altruism firmly down to earth. Swidler and Watkins ultimately argue that altruists could accomplish more good, not by seeking to transform African lives but by helping Africans achieve their own goals. A Fraught Embrace unveils the tangled relations of those involved in the collective struggle to contain an epidemic.

ISBN Hardcover: 9780691173924 / eBook: 9781400884988 


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Migration internationale africaine, L'Harmattan, 2017

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Aujourd'hui, les caractéristiques des migrations sont surtout spontanées et les situations socio-économiques en sont les principales responsables. En Afrique particulièrement, l'exode rural, le chômage des diplômés, l'instabilité politique et l'absence de la sécurité représentent les principales raisons de vouloir émigrer. Mais, paradoxalement, l'Afrique montre aujourd'hui ses richesses naturelles, humaines, et devient une force économique, un espace d'accueil de capitaux et d'investissements. Le continent se lance aujourd'hui vers un avenir prometteur et un futur riche en termes de mouvements humains et économiques.

ISBN: 978-2-343-10071-5


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Realidades y falacias en torno al aborto : salud y derechos humanos, El Colegio de México and Institut de recherche pour le développement, 2016.


  • Susana Lerner, El Colegio de México (Mexico)
  • Agnès Guillaume, Institut de recherche pour le développement (France)
  • Lucia Melgar, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (Mexico)


Since the late 20th century, abortion has been the subject of intense debate in the fields of politics, human rights, and public health. Because it involves sensitive and controversial issues related to the “right to life”, dignity, equality, justice, and women’s rights to make free and informed decisions on when and whether to be a mother, the debate on abortion and its decriminalization requires further reflection. However, a controversial confluence of ideological, religious, moral, ethical, and legal positions, as well as conflicting political interests often interfere with them. The latter have already imposed restrictive laws that threaten the sexual and reproductive rights of women in contrast to the principles of a secular and democratic society. Following the 2007 adoption of a reform decriminalizing abortion in Mexico City, and the subsequent activities and advocacy against it by right-wing groups, in 2008 the Supreme Court of Mexico organized public hearings at which arguments were advanced for and against the reform. In order to contribute to a rigorous and informed reflection on this complex issue, this book analyzes these arguments from the perspective of the right to health and human rights, in the context of population policy in Mexico and considering scientific evidence on the impact of legal frameworks on women’s health and welfare (globally). Drawing from this “historical debate”, the authors expose the fallacies that seek to limit sexual and reproductive rights of girls and women, and the impact this issue has had on the actions of politicians, legislators, and health personnel who face the realities of abortion in Mexico.

ISBN: 978-607-462-938-5 


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Maternidad en adolescentes y desigualdad social en UruguayAnálisis territorial desde la perspectiva de sus protagonistas en barrios de la periferia crítica de Montevideo, Universidad de la República (Uruguay) and UNFPA, 2016.

Coordinated by:

  • Alejandra López Gómez, Universidad de la República (Uruguay)
  • Carmen Varela Petito, Universidad de la República (Uruguay)

The book presents evidence on social, subjective, cultural and territorial phenomena which have an impact on women and men’s sexual and reproductive behaviour, and contribute to the high level of fertility and maternity among adolescents in Uruguay. To this end, the authors based their study on the perceptions of teenagers as well as the views of institutional agents who work in their neighborhoods about the factors that contribute to perpetuate the transition to maternity in adolescence. The project was based on a mixed design combining qualitative and quantitative techniques, focusing on two neighborhoods of the capital city with high levels of Unsatisfied Basic Needs.


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New Approaches to Death in Cities during the Health Transition, International Studies in Population Series, Vol. 12, Springer, 2016.

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This book presents recent efforts and new approaches to improve our understanding of the evolution of health and mortality in urban environments in the long run, looking at transformation and adaptations during the process of rapid population growth. In a world characterized by large and rapidly evolving urban environments, the past and present challenges cities face is one of the key topics in our society. Cities are a world of differences and, consequently, of inequalities. At the same time cities remain, above all, the spaces of interactions among a variety of social groups, the places where poor, middle-class, and wealthy people, as well as elites, have coexisted in harmony or tension. Urban areas also form specific epidemiological environments since they are characterized by population concentration and density, and a high variety of social spaces from wealthy neighborhoods to slums. Inversely and coherently, cities develop answers in terms of sanitary policies and health infrastructures. This balance between risk and protective factors is, however, not at all constant across time and space and is especially endangered in periods of massive demographic growth, particularly periods of urbanization mainly led by immigration flows that transform both the socioeconomic and demographic composition of urban populations and the morphological nature of urban environments. Therefore this book is an unique contribution in which present day and past socio-demographic and health challenges confronted by big urban environments are combined.


Hardcover: ISBN 978-3-319-43001-0

Special issue on ‘Understanding variation in human fertility: what can we learn from evolutionary demography?’ in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 19 April 2016; volume 371, issue 1692

Edited by:

  • David W. Lawson, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (United Kingdom)
  • Rebecca Sear, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (United Kingdom)
  • Mary K. Shenk, University of Missouri (United States)
  • Stephen C. Stearns, Yale University (United States)
  • Hillard Kaplan, University of New Mexico (United States)


Decades of research on human fertility has presented a clear picture of how fertility varies, including its dramatic decline over the last two centuries in most parts of the world. Why fertility varies, both between and within populations, is not nearly so well understood. Fertility is a complex phenomenon, partly physiologically and partly behaviourally determined, thus an interdisciplinary approach is required to understand it. Evolutionary demographers have focused on human fertility since the 1980s. The first wave of evolutionary demographic research made major theoretical and empirical advances, investigating variation in fertility primarily in terms of fitness maximization. Research focused particularly on variation within high-fertility populations and small-scale subsistence societies and also yielded a number of hypotheses for why fitness maximization seems to break down as fertility declines during the demographic transition. A second wave of evolutionary demography research on fertility is now underway, paying much more attention to the cultural and psychological mechanisms underpinning fertility. It is also engaging with the complex, multi-causal nature of fertility variation, and with understanding fertility in complex modern and transitioning societies. Here, we summarize the history of evolutionary demographic work on human fertility, describe the current state of the field, and suggest future directions

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Contemporary Demographic Transformations in China, India and Indonesia, Springer, 2016

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Our volume examines the profound demographic transformation affecting China, India, and Indonesia, where 40% of the world's people live. It offers a systematic, comparative approach that will help readers to better understand the changing social and regional recomposition of the population in these regions. The 22 chapters written by eminent demographers present a detailed investigation and mapping of regional trends in mortality, fertility, migration and urbanization, education, and aging. Throughout, the analysis carefully considers how these trends affect economic and social development. Coverage also raises global, theoretical questions about the singular ways in which each of these three countries have achieved their demographic transition. As the authors reveal, demographic trends seem to be somewhat linear and anticipatable, providing Asia’s three demographic giants and their governments a formidable advantage in planning for the future. But the evolution of human mobility in China, India, and Indonesia, closely intertwined as it is with changing economic conditions, appears less predictable and ranks high among the major challenges to demographic knowledge in the coming decades.


Hardcover: ISBN 978-3-319-24781-6

eBook: ISBN 978-3-319-24783-0

Agent-Based Modelling in Population Studies – Concepts, Methods, and Applications, Springer, 2016

Edited by:

  • André Grow, KU Leuven (Belgium)
  • Jan Van Bavel, KU Leuven (Belgium)


This book examines the use of agent-based modelling (ABM) in population studies, from concepts to applications and from best practices to future developments. It features papers written by leading experts in the field that will help readers to better understand the usefulness of ABM for generating projections, how ABM can be injected with empirical data to achieve a better match between model and reality, how geographic information can be fruitfully used in ABM, and how ABM results can be reported correctly and concisely. The papers show the benefits that ABM offers the field, such as enhanced theory formation by better linking the micro level with the macro level, the ability to represent populations as complex systems, and the possibility to study rare events and to assess the implications of alternative mechanisms.

ISBN 978-3-319-32283-4


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Population Change in the United Kingdom, Rowman & Littlefield International, 2016

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This new book on the changing population of the UK was prepared under the auspices of the BSPS and edited by its immediate past and current Presidents. It was commissioned to mark to 25th anniversary of the publication of Heather Joshi’s (1989) landmark volume The Changing Population of Britain. The new book reviews the changes that have taken place over the past quarter of a century and examines their implications for future trends and policy. It shows that the UK's population is increasing faster than at any point in the last 100 years, it is getting progressively older and it is becoming more diverse culturally and ethnically. More school leavers are going on to university. Cohabitation has been replacing marriage, more children live in one-parent families and young adults are finding it harder to get on the property ladder. Many women are delaying having children until their 40s. Cities have seen a resurgence in population but there is still pressure on the countryside, while the north-south divide is getting ever wider, as too are local socio-economic disparities. 

ISBN: 9781783485918


Hardcover: £90/$135

Paperback: £29.95/$44.95

eBook £29.99/$43.99

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Population Change in Canada, 3rd Edition, Oxford University Press, 2016.  



Drawing on the latest research and statistics, the third edition of Population Change in Canada offers a comprehensive, up-to-date survey of Canadian demography from the sixteenth century to the present day. Beaujot and Kerr's insightful narrative lays the groundwork by outlining key demographic concepts as well as the fundamental population processes - mortality, fertility, and immigration - before moving on to explore in greater depth issues of population growth, distribution, and aging and finally the social, cultural, economic, and political consequences of population change. Accessible and enlightening, Population Change in Canada offers students the foundation they need to fully understand population change and to prepare to meet its challenges both now and in the future.

ISBN: 9780199002627


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Turkish Migration Policy, Transnational Press London, 2016

Edited by:

  • Ibrahim Sirkeci, Regents University London (United Kingdom)
  • Barbara Pusch, Orient Institute Istanbul (Turkey)


TURKISH MIGRATION POLICY aims to shed light on changes in migration policy, determinants beneath these changes, and practical implications for movers and non-movers in Turkey. Nevertheless, one should note that Turkey has only recently faced mass immigration and the number of foreign born has more than doubled in less than five years. Such sudden change in population composition warrants policy adjustments and reviews. Policy shift from “exporting excess labour” in the 1960s and 1970s to immigrant integration today is a drastic but necessary one. Nevertheless, Turkish migration policy is still far from settled as several chapters in this book point out. Despite the exemplary humanitarian engagement in admitting Syrians, Turkey is still at the bottom of the league table of favourable integration policies with an overall score of 25 out of 100. Turkish migration policy is likely to be adjusted further in response to the continuing immigration.


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Surveying Human Vulnerabilities Across the Life Course, Springer, 2016

Edited by:

  • Michel Oris, University of Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Dominique Joye, University of Lausanne (Switzerland)
  • Caroline Roberts, University of Lausanne (Switzerland)
  • Michèle Ernst Stähli, University of Lausanne (Switzerland)


This volume details tools and procedures for data collections of hard-to-reach, hard-to-survey populations. Inside, readers will discover first-hand insights from experts who share their successes as well as their failures in their attempts to identify and measure human vulnerabilities across the life course. Coverage first provides an introduction on studying vulnerabilities based on the Total Error Survey framework. Next, the authors present concrete examples on how to survey such populations as the elderly, migrants, widows and widowers, couples facing breast cancer, employees and job seekers, displaced workers, and teenagers during their transition to adulthood. In addition, one essay discusses the rationale for the use of life history calendars in studying social and psychological vulnerability while another records the difficulty the authors faced when trying to set-up an online social network to collect relevant data. Overall, this book demonstrates the importance to have, from the very beginning, a dialogue between specialists of survey methods and the researchers working on social dynamics across the life span. It will serve as an indispensable resource for social scientists interested in gathering and analyzing data on vulnerable individuals and populations in order to construct longitudinal data bases and properly target social policies.

ISBN 978-3-319-24155-5


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Słownik Demograficzny: the Dictionary of Demography, Szkoła Główna Handlowa w Warszawie, Warszawa, 2014

A Polish-English translation of Roland Pressat’s Dictionnaire de Démographie (1979).

Translated by:

  • Ewa FrątczakWarsaw School of Economics - SGH (Poland)
  • Aneta Ptak-Chmielewska, Warsaw School of Economics - SGH (Poland)

In 2005 and 2006 the Demographic Analysis Section (Sekcja Analiz Demograficznych – SAD) of The Demographic Committee of The Polish Academy of Science (Komitet Nauk Demograficznych PAN – KND PAN) started the project of translating into Polish “The Dictionary of Demography”, edited by Christopher Wilson and published by Basil Blackwell Ltd. in 1985. The original version of the dictionary, created by Roland Pressat, was published in French under the title Dictionnaire de Démographie by Presses Universitaires de France, Paris (1979). The English edition has been expanded and adapted by Christopher Wilson, with the addition of new entries from a team of some thirty international contributors
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Demographic trends in Canada and Australia: Special issue dedicated to Graeme Hugo, in Canadian Studies in Population, Vol. 43, No. 1–2 (Spring/Summer) 2016

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In many regards, Australia and Canada are rather different, especially in climate and hemispheres. They also have important similarities, including being very large countries with extensive areas of very low settlement. Both were long inhabited by indigenous populations, which were overtaken during the period of European expansion and colonization. In terms of demographics, these similarities and differences have especially been examined on the side of immigration. In both countries, there was a long period during which governments sought to establish a white European population in a new world, and a similar timeframe in the 1960s when barriers to non-white immigration were removed and immigration became more diversified. Asians are now the largest source of new arrivals in both countries. The five articles in this special issue extend the potential for comparison between Australia and Canada through the treatment not only of immigration but also fertility/family and mortality/health. Given the similarities across the two countries, these comparisons provide insight into the sociodemographic dynamics of each country. This special issue of Canadian Studies in Population is dedicated to the memory of Professor Graeme Hugo (1946–2015), who was a leading Australian population geographer.

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Conflict, Insecurity and Mobility, Transnational Press London, 2016

Edited by:

  • Ibrahim Sirkeci, Regents University London (United Kingdom)
  • Jeffrey H. Cohen, The Ohio State University (United States)
  • Pinar Yazgan, Sakarya University (Turkey)


Theories and models of contemporary migration often revolves around neofunctional models. They define migrants as rational actors who are focused on improving their economic, social, and political well-being which is enabled by access to opportunities that are not available in their origin communities and/or countries. Nevertheless, initiation of migration is largely driven by difficulties, discomfort, disagreements, tensions, and conflicts at the origin, while migration decision and destination choices are moderated by individual characteristics, cultural and social capital as well as by the local, national, and international context. In other words, people do not move when they are satisfied and comfortable with what they have and where they are. The number of movers around the world is relatively very small. The costs of migration and other moderating effects make international population movements an exception even today with an ever increasing mobility across the world.


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Aplicaciones en Demografía (Spanish Only), Editorial UN (Colombia), 2015

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This book offers a review of the basic concepts in Demography, and each chapter constitutes an application of statistical and demographic methods very much needed for developing countries, exemplifying for the Colombian case. The contributions to this book provide a review of methods for countries with imperfect information; such is Colombia, in several demographic questions including maternal mortality, social mobility, transition to adulthood, race inequality, domestic violence, and fiscal burden of aging. With a comprehensive introduction that provides basic demographic concepts, and an explanations of each method used for each chapter, this book provides a key basis for understanding all methodologies in developing countries, where data tends to be very imperfect.

ISBN: 978-958-775-641-8


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Gender-Based Violence. Perspectives from Africa, the Middle East, and India, Springer, 2015

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This book offers new perspectives on gender-based violence in three regions (Africa, the Middle East, and India) where the subject has been taboo in everyday discourse often due to patriarchal cultural norms that limit women’s autonomy. The contributions to this book provide rare insight into not only the levels and the socio-demographic determinants of domestic violence, but topics ranging from men’s attitudes toward wife beating; domestic violence-related adolescent deaths, and women’s health problems due to sexual and physical abuse. With a comprehensive introduction that provides a comparative international research framework for discussing gender-based violence in these three unique regions, this volume provides a key basis for understanding gender-based violence on a more global level. With such a deep and broad coverage of factors of intimate partner abuse, this book serves as a reference document for researchers, decision-makers, and organizations that are searching for ways to reduce gender-based domestic violence. 

ISBN 978-3-319-16669-8


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Trajectoires et origines. Enquête sur la diversité des populations en France, INED, 2016.

 Edited by:

  • Cris Beauchemin, Institut National d'Études Démographiques (France)
  • Christelle Hamel, Institut National d'Études Démographiques (France)
  • Patrick Simon, Institut National d'Études Démographiques (France)


France has been an immigrant-receiving country for over a century and is now a multicultural society with an unprecedented level of origin diversity. And while immigrants and their descendants are targets of clichés and stereotyping, little is known of their situation in quantitative terms. Concerned to acquire this missing statistical knowledge, INED and INSEE joined forces for a wide-ranging survey of France’s population in all its diversity, with special emphasis on discrimination. Trajectoires et Origines (TeO), a survey of 22,000 persons, marks a new phase in quantitative research on immigrants and their descendants. Is origin in itself a factor of inequalities or simply of differential access to society’s resources? With its detailed reconstitutions of educational, occupational and conjugal trajectories and its exploration of access to housing and health, TeO provides several approaches to answering this question. One of the work’s major contributions is to have combined objective and subjective perspectives on discrimination: this is the first research study in France to focus on racism as experienced by those subjected to it, while opening up new methodological perspectives on studying experienced prejudice by origin, religion, and skin colour.

ISBN: 978-2-7332-8004-1

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Fear, Anxiety, and National Identity: Immigration and Belonging in North America and Western Europe, Russell Sage Foundation, 2015.

 Edited by: 

  • Nancy Foner, Hunter College and Graduate Center of the City University of New York (United States).
  • Patrick Simon, Institut national d’études démographiques (France).


Fifty years of large-scale immigration has brought significant ethnic, racial, and religious diversity to North America and Western Europe, but has also prompted hostile backlashes. In Fear, Anxiety, and National Identity, a distinguished multidisciplinary group of scholars examine whether and how immigrants and their offspring have been included in the prevailing national identity in the societies where they now live and to what extent they remain perpetual foreigners in the eyes of the long-established native-born. What specific social forces in each country account for the barriers immigrants and their children face, and how do anxieties about immigrant integration and national identity differ on the two sides of the Atlantic? With immigration to North America and Western Europe a continuing reality, each region will have to confront anti-immigrant sentiments that create barriers for and threaten the inclusion of newcomers. Fear, Anxiety, and National Identity investigates the multifaceted connections among immigration, belonging, and citizenship, and provides new ways of thinking about national identity.

ISBN: 978-1-61044-853-6

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The Culture of Mental Illness and Psychiatric Practice in Africa, Indiana University Press, 2015

Edited by:
  • Emmanuel Akyeampong, Harvard University (United States).
  • Allan G. Hill, University of Southampton (United Kingdom) and Harvard School of Public Health (United States).
  • Arthur Kleinman, Harvard University and Harvard Medical School (United States).


In many African countries, mental health issues, including the burden of serious mental illness and trauma, have not been adequately addressed. These essays shed light on the treatment of common and chronic mental disorders, including mental illness and treatment in the current climate of economic and political instability, access to health care, access to medicines, and the impact of HIV-AIDS and other chronic illness on mental health. While problems are rampant and carry real and devastating consequences, this volume promotes an understanding of the African mental health landscape in service of reform. Demographers are beginning to study the demography of ill-health but relatively little work treats mental illness in Africa.  This book serves as an introduction to these new fields of study for those eager to research further into the patterns and processes underlying mental health issues in Africa. 

ISBN: 978-0-253-01293-7

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Spatial Inequalities – Health, Poverty, and Place in Accra, Ghana, Springer, 2013.

Edited by:

  • John R. Weeks, San Diego State University (United States).
  • Allan G. Hill, University of Southampton, United Kingdom and Harvard School of Public Health (United States).
  • Justin Stoler, University of Miami (United States).


This book provides a fresh analysis of the demography, health and well-being of a major African city.  It uses a range of disciplinary approaches to address the pressing topics of urban poverty, urban health inequalities and urban growth.  The approach is primarily spatial and includes the integration of environmental information from satellites and other geospatial sources with social science and health survey data. The authors Ghanaians and outsiders, analyse the urban dynamics of this burgeoning West African metropolis, with an emphasis on urban disparities in health and living standards. Our analysis employs a wide range of GIScience methods, including remotely sensed imagery and spatial statistical analysis applied to a wide range of data, including census, survey and health clinic data, supplemented by field work, including systematic social observation, focus groups, and key informant interviews. This book aims to explain and highlight the mix of methods to provide guidance and inspiration for others doing similar work in cities of other developing nations.

ISBN 978-94-007-6732-4


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Social Statistics and Ethnic Diversity: Cross-National Perspectives on Classifications and Identity Politics, Springer, 2015.

 Edited by: 

  • Patrick Simon, Institut national d’études démographiques (France). 
  • Victor Piché, McGill University and University of Montreal (Canada).
  • Amélie Gagnon, UNESCO Institute for Statistics (Canada).


The book examines the question of collecting and disseminating data on ethnicity and race in order to describe characteristics of ethnic and racial groups, identify factors of social and economic integration and implement policies to redress discrimination. It offers a global perspective on the issue by looking at race and ethnicity in a wide variety of historical, country-specific contexts, including Asia, Latin America, Europe, Oceania and North America. In addition, the book also includes analysis on the indigenous populations of the Americas. Overall, the book sheds light on four main questions: should ethnic groups be counted, how should they be counted, who is and who is not counted and what are the political and economic incentives for counting. It will be of interest to all students of race, ethnicity, identity, and immigration. In addition, researchers as well as policymakers will find useful discussions and insights for a better understanding of the complexity of categorization and related political and policy challenges.

ISBN: 978-3-319-20094-1 (Print) - 978-3-319-20095-8 (Online)

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L'état civil au Cameroun - Contribution à l'analyse de la dynamique générale de la populationEditions Harmattan, 2015 

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Cet ouvrage examine, dans son ensemble, l'état civil au Cameroun, tant dans son fonctionnement et ses problèmes que dans sa complétude et son étendue. L'auteur y révèle quelques axes pour l'amélioration de ce taux d'enregistrement afin que les actes de naissance, de mariage, et de décès deviennent les instruments de base dans la production des statistiques démographiques au Cameroun. Car la "révolution des données" en Afrique passera aussi par la réhabilitation effective des systèmes nationaux d'état civil.


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Atlas des Marocains du monde: caractéristiques générales, Conseil de la communauté marocaine à l'étranger, 2015

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Cet ouvrage de 93 pages, est publié en deux versions (arabe et française), sous forme d’un document référentiel, visuel et synthétique, englobant les facettes qui reflètent les divers aspects de la présence marocaine dans plusieurs pays du monde. Il est composé de dix-huit planches, traitant dans ce premier fascicule présenté sous forme d’un recueil cartographique, les caractéristiques générales de l’immigration marocaine à l’étranger. L’ensemble de ce travail a été réalisé après un traitement statistique minutieux et une représentation cartographique performante assistée par ordinateur et appuyée par des notices concentrées, qui expliquent brièvement selon chaque planche, les différents aspects démographiques, territoriaux, socio- économiques et culturels du phénomène migratoire marocain.

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African Immigrant Families in Another France - Palgrave MacMillan, 2014


The incorporation of Sub-Saharan African immigrant families is a key issue for France and Europe at large. Using the voices of first and second-generation immigrants to describe their integration experiences, this book illustrates how racial and immigrant statuses are assigned simultaneously and inseparably for those of African-descent in France, and in turn limit employment and social cohesion, often irrespective of an individual’s qualifications or citizenship documents. First- and second-generation African youth report being, “French on the inside, African on the out,” because they hold a French mentality but are continually treated as outsiders. This research also connects individual-level cultural and religious factors that shape varied levels of resilience and immigrant outcomes. And, this research explains how the practices of French universalism and secularism together have become a straightjacket and ostrich policy for France, as the difficulties of incorporation are obfuscated by data regulations that limit the ability to measure social inequalities patterned by ethnic or immigrant descent.  ISBN: 9780230361959, October 2014

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