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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.
Professor David Coleman, Oxford University
'The Impact of International Migration on the Populations of the Western World'
Other speakers, from Birkbeck, Department of Politics:
Prof. Diana Coole, 'Too Many Bodies?: Normative Perspectives on Population'
Prof. Eric Kaufmann, 'Ethno-Demographic Change and Nationalism in the UK and Beyond'
Dr. Jӧrg Spieker, ‘The Securitisation of Population Change’
Dr. Jemima Repo, ‘Gender, Demographic Change and Human Capital Theory’
Dr. Paul Morland, ‘Demographic Engineering’
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.
Following the panel discussion and Q&A, there will be a drinks reception. The event takes place on 15 May at 6pm at Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet St., London WC2A 2AE (Room TBC - attendees will be notified by email).
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 of the programme, see: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/study/2014/postgraduate/programmes/TMSPOPME_C or contact the Department office by email: email@example.com, or phone: 0207 631 6780/6789, or visit our website: www.bbk.ac.uk/politics