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Infoletter "Policy Insights" - until 2016

Infoletter Population Insights (until 2016)

Infoletter - these two-page quarterly publications have been published until 2016. In the future, they will be presented within the section “Policy Insights”.


Population Insights No. 06

This issue is in collaboration with the Erasmus University Rotterdam, Lund University, and the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, VID/OEAW, WU).

In the sixth issue of our Population Insights,

Pearl Dykstra (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Member of the EU Commission’s High Level Group of Scientific Advisors) argues that successful policies to reconcile family and work are essentially about gender and socioeconomic equality;

with his Figures in Focus, Kirk Scott (Lund University) shows that refugees’ post-migration choices on where to settle are key to good asylum policies;

and Maria Rita Testa (Wittgenstein Centre, Vienna) looks at the gap between fertility intentions and realisation of educated women as a space for policy reform.

Population Insights No. 05
This issue is in collaboration with the Centre for Demographic Studies (CED) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the University of Oxford.

In the fifth issue of our Population Insights,

Andreu Domingo Valls from the Centre for Demographic Studies (CED) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona looks at what is behind the argument of “demographic overheating”;

with her Figures in Focus, Melinda Mills (University of Oxford) shows that nonstandard work shifts can mean work-life reconciliation or a tough labour market;

and Sarah Harper (University of Oxford) argues that one of the keys to managing population ageing successfully lies within smart housing policies.

Population Insights No. 04
This issue is in collaboration with NCCR LIVES/University of Lausanne, the Columbia Aging Center, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, the College of Population Studies/Chulalongkorn University, and the Wittgenstein Centre (IIASA, VID/ ÖAW, WU).

In the fourth issue of our Population Insights,

Laura Bernardi from NCCR LIVES at the University of Lausanne argues that in order to complete the gender revolution, it is now time to fight for men’s equal rights within families;

with his Figures in Focus, Vegard Skirbekk (Columbia University) shows that education plays a crucial role in preventing obesity;

and, Elke Loichinger (Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok and IIASA) and Daniela Weber (Wittgenstein Centre) analyse whether the years gained through increasing life expectancy are used productively.

Population Insights No. 03
This issue is in collaboration with the Institute of Statistics and Demography at the Warsaw School of Economics, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the University of Southampton.

In the third issue of our Population Insights,

Janina Jóźwiak from the Warsaw School of Economics explains why we should "start with science" when designing demographic policies;

with his Figures in Focus, Michael Murphy (London School of Economics and Political Science) shows that influencing population trends via migration is a tricky business and that ageing populations are not necessarily shrinking;

finally, Nora Sánchez Gassen (University of Southampton, University of Amsterdam) and Brienna Perelli-Harris (University of Southampton) catch up for us with the "new normal" in Demography&Policy: cohabitation is on the rise throughout Europe - but are family policies prepared to help couples?

Population Insights No. 02
This issue is in collaboration with the Hungarian Demographic Research Institute, the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute, Interface Demography and the ESRC Centre for Population Change

In the second issue of Population Insights, Zsolt Spéder from the Hungarian Demographic Research Institute explains why demographers are "doomed do compare"; Helga de Valk (Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute; Free University Brussels) provides new figures on bi-national relationships in Europe; and Jakub Bijak (ESRC Centre for Population Change, University of Southampton) discusses the acute need for multiple layers of risk management, contingency and crisis plans in the light of the EU refugee crisis.

Population Insights No. 01
In collaboration with University of Oxford, University of Rostock, and the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, VID/ÖAW, WU).

In the first issue of Population Insights, Francesco C. Billari from the University of Oxford explains why we need “Fast Data for Fast Demography”, Roland Rau and Christina Bohk-Ewald, both from the University of Rostock, provide new statistics on Greek life expectancy in light of the crisis, and Anna Matysiak (Wittgenstein Centre Vienna) and Ivett Szalma (Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences) discuss why getting parental leave policies right is a difficult endeavour. 


Demographic Insights 1/2015

Ageing & Economic Growth

Too many, too unproductive, too expensive – these are just some of the fears associated with the increasing number of older people. But current research shows that they are not less innovative than younger people and that their contribution to economic growth is substantive.

Demographic Insights 2/2014
Immigrants & Education

Europe’s youth is becoming increasingly diverse. On average 10% of all fifteen-year-olds are so-called second generation migrants – at least one of their parents was born in another country. Recent research takes a closer look at immigrant children’s education and how our school systems could work better for everyone.

Demographic Insights 1/2014
Childhood & Future Chances

Early years are crucial for children’s future. This message, confirmed by various scientific disciplines, can put parents under considerable pressure to get everything right from the very beginning. Recent research takes a closer look at the links between early years and later life.

Demographic Insights 2/2013
Migration in Times of Crisis

Economic downturn and rising unemployment in Europe have led to a stronger focus on migration in the public debate. How are immigrants faring during the downturn? Do statistics substantially change? Recent research takes a closer look at these questions.

Demographic Insights 1/2013
Fathers & Family

Spending more time with their children is a wish modern men express much more often then the generations before them. And in many European countries policies try to support committed fathers. However, in reality, the bulk of daily parental duties are still carried by women. Recent research explores the current possibilities and limitations of active fatherhood.

Demographic Insights 4/2012
Health & Economy

On average, Europeans can expect increasingly long and healthy lives. Yet some countries have significantly higher mortality rates than others, and in many countries health is distributed very unevenly across society. And whilst economic factors play an important role there is no simple causal relationship. Recent research helps to disentangle the complex connection between health and money.

Demographic Insights 3/2012
Lifelong Learning

Knowledge, skills, and qualifications are essential if shrinking and ageing societies want to keep their level of prosperity. Consequently, lifelong learning has become a much embraced concept among European policy makers. However, actual participation in such activities could still be improved in many countries. Recent research takes a closer look at possible reasons and strategies.

Demographic Insights 2/2012
Active Ageing & Solidarity between Generations

Never before has Europe enjoyed such a large proportion of healthy older people. And these ageing babyboomers are ready to contribute to our societies. But, which are the best ways to do this, and what impact will the changing age-structure have on our social systems and the wellbeing of the next generations? Recent research takes a closer look at these questions and offers innovative answers.

Demographic Insights 1/2012
Women & Work

Career, children and combining the two is a big enough problem for most women. Yet for demographers it is no more then the tip of the iceberg: In the ageing and shrinking European population of the near future, women will have to further shore up the declining workforce, look after their children, and also increasingly care for elderly family members. Recent research takes a closer look at these challenges and how to tackle them.

Demographic Insights 3/2011
Migration & Integration

International migration is a decisive feature of modern societies. It influences economic, social and cultural development and leads to greater diversity. This process is often perceived as a challenge, particularly when it comes to national identity and social cohesion. Recent research takes a closer look at these challenges and explores ways to manage them constructively.

Demographic Insights 2/2011
Working Life & Retirement

Ageing and shrinking populations put social systems under pressure across Europe. Raising the retirement age seems therefore inevitable to most governments. But is that really a sufficient response to demographic change? Recent research takes a closer look at the many different ways in which Europeans work and organise their lives today, and develops ideas for better social policies.

Demographic Insights 1/2011
Family & Children

Most people claim that they want to have children, but many of them never fulfil their wish. What is it that stops them? Why do certain family policies work in some European countries but not in others? Demographers across Europe are engaged in solving these modern riddles. Their recent research provides exciting insights and leads to new political questions.