Population, Migration and Ecology: Programme Launch Event

Event Date: 15 May 2014
Room 101
Clore Building
Birkbeck, University of London
25-27 Torrington Square
London WC1E 7JL

Birkbeck Department of Politics presents

Population, Migration and Ecology: Programme Launch Event

To mark the launch of the new MSc in Population, Migration and Ecology, the Department of Politics will host a special event which showcases research on the political and environmental implications of population change. There will be ample opportunity for questions and debate and a drinks reception will follow. Demographic change has enormous implications for contemporary politics. These include the impact of more, wealthier consumers on biodiversity and climate change; security concerns over youth bulges or resource shortages; the repercussions of population ageing for social security systems; and the diverse effects of migration flows on nation-states.

Organised by the Department of Politics, this event brings together a number of expert speakers addressing these and other population issues from a variety of perspectives. The symposium features David Coleman, Professor of Demography at Oxford University. Other speakers include Diana Coole (Professor of Political and Social Theory at Birkbeck) and Eric Kaufmann (Professor of Politics at Birkbeck). Following the panel discussion and Q&A, there will be a drinks reception.

The MSc Population, Migration and Ecology

Commencing October 2014, this new and innovative degree is aimed at students and practitioners who wish to deepen their understanding of the politics of population, migration and ecology. What is the optimal population for the world, and for nations – should it grow or decline? How many people can the world support? What are the political consequences of population shifts? What is the effect of international migration on national identity? The degree enables students to see how politics, demography and the environment are interrelated at theoretical and policy levels. It combines empirical and data-rich approaches to global demographic change with critical-theoretical assessments of controversial debates about `the population question’ and ecological sustainability. Students will study two core modules – The Politics of Population Change: Immigration, Ageing and Conflict and Population and Environmental Politics – plus an option and dissertation.

For further details, see: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/study/2014/postgraduate/programmes/TMSPOPME_C or contact the Department office by email: politics@bbk.ac.uk, or phone: 0207 631 6780/6789, or visit our website: www.bbk.ac.uk/politics

Order of presentations:

Professor David Coleman, Professor of Demography, Oxford.
Prof. Diana Coole, ‘Too Many Bodies?: Normative Perspectives on Population’
Prof. Eric Kaufmann, ‘Ethno-Demographic Change and Nationalism in the UK and Beyond’
Dr. Jörg Spieker, ‘The Securitisation of Population Change’
Dr. Jemima Repo, ‘Gender, Demographic Change and Human Capital Theory’
Dr. Paul Morland, ‘Demographic Engineering


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Professor David Coleman


Professor Eric Kaufmann

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