Although global population is still growing, an ever larger number of regions and countries are experiencing a decline in population size, and the COVID-19 pandemic may have further accelerated the process. Undoubtedly, depopulation poses many challenges from economic, social, political, and strategic perspectives. In the public and policy discourse, negative views are often emphasised but may population decline also open up opportunities?
We invite submissions that address, for instance, the following questions:
This conference aims to bring together researchers from around the world working on population decline and its consequences from demographic, economic, sociological, political, environmental, and geographical perspectives.Next to this open call we are happy to announce as keynote speakers:
Additionally, a policy-oriented discussion will be presented as a special session hosted by UNFPA.
The conference will take place 29.11.-01.12.2021 in full distance mode via Zoom. There is no conference fee. A special issue of the Vienna Yearbook of Population Research will focus on the conference theme, Depopulation. Conference participants will be invited to submit their research to the journal.
Please make sure your abstract includes the title, full name(s), affiliation and e-mail addresses of each author.
The authors of accepted papers will be informed in July 2021.
Ekaterina Zhelenkova, Conference Coordinator (University of Vienna)
Zuzanna Brzozowska (VID, Austrian Academy of Sciences)
Stuart Gietel-Basten (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
Michael Kuhn (IIASA)
Michaela Potančoková (IIASA)
Klaus Prettner (Vienna University of Economics and Business)