The Environment - Population Project forms the first component of the new Demography and Environment Strand, addressing the complex environmental interactions which will form an increasing feature of the 21st Century.
The challenge raised by the interactions of global climate change and rapidly changing demographic structures throughout the world carries both opportunities, if successfully managed, and significant risks if public policy interventions fail. The impact of population change upon the environment, and conversely that of environmental change upon populations, has been to a surprising extent ignored by most environmentalists and demographers, and when it has been considered, the issue of population growth has dominated the analysis, to the almost complete neglect of key dynamics in population structure: age structural transitions, spatial distributions, cohort changes. Yet the interaction of age structural changes, urbanisation and migration is likely to have a significant, as yet unknown, effect.
The Research Complex Environmental Population Interactions Project unites key demographers, economists, anthropologists, philosophers and environmentalists to address - through research, modelling and scenarios - the range of complex interactions between environmental and demographic change over the first half of the 21st century: