Undoubtedly, many of the most pressing moral concerns of our age relate to changes in human population. Many people believe that the world is overpopulated and that population growth is causing significant social, economic and environmental harm. However, countries with low rates of population growth are struggling to cope with an ageing population and a shrinking workforce.
Yet these questions are seldom addressed by academics, and contemporary debate is often led by opinion and ideological divides about the morality of birth and death. This presents opportunities for interdisciplinary research to break new ground and make a significant contribution to contemporary policy decisions.
This colloquium will bring together scholars who can combine ethical analysis and scientific rigour to address these challenges head on, and to forge new lines of academic inquiry. Researchers from philosophy and the social sciences, as well as practitioners and policy makers will share their knowledge and concerns, to learn from one another, and to forge collaborative relationships. This will not simply be a conference for the paper givers, but an opportunity for open and honest debate of challenging issues and fundamental questions.
Key themes of the colloquium will include:
- The morality of birth: why do people decide to have children and what role can, and should, morality play in such decisions?
- The future of life: how are large-scale demographic changes, such as growing life expectancy and shrinking family sizes, changing the dynamics of our lives, and how should society respond to this?
- Human populations and the environment: how do growing human populations interact with other species and what challenges does this raise for our planet?
- Wellbeing and population change: what role does population play in economic and social development and is there such a thing as an optimum population?
The colloquium will close with a keynote public lecture from Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta, Emeritus Professor, Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Cambridge.
What is the refund policy?
Refund requests will be considered until 14 days prior to the conference. After this time, refunds are not possible. A 10% administration fee will be charged for any refunds.
Is my registration transferrable?
Tickets can be transferred to another person, please contact us if you wish to do this.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There is free parking on site at Cumberland Lodge. The nearest mainline train station is Egham, situated on the London Waterloo - Reading trainline. For full travel directions, please visit: http://www.cumberlandlodge.ac.uk/contactus/Travel+Directions
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
If you have any questions, please contact Janis Reeves by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (+44 1784 497794)