There is a broad range of empirical and descriptive comparative research on demographics in general, but there is only limited research on new family formation patterns. The impact this has on the raising of children and their physical and emotional wellbeing is a new field of investigation. The most profound change over the past decades has been the decline in the share of children growing up in households with both biological parents. Marriage is becoming less common, while divorces are on the increase, as are second and even third unions.
To mark the fiftieth anniversary of demography at UCL, the 2013 Quetelet Seminar will focus on changes in the field of demography over the past 50 years and in the coming 50 years. The Seminar will be an opportunity for critical assessment of the tools, themes and paradigms of our discipline by revisiting the recent past, but also to imagine the future realistically and perhaps even utopically.
Presentations will focus on transformations, past or future, within the discipline and to the challenges of demography, on any the following topics:
Starting October 7 a new lecture series “European Population Issues” is launched by Interface Demography. The lecture series takes a European perspective and covers a range of themes from population ageing, health issues, to family relations and migration. From October 7 onwards every Thursday afternoon (14-16 hrs) a renowned European scholar will present state of the art work in their field of expertise. The lectures are all in English and aim at a broad audience including Master students and interested researchers from different disciplines.
The aim of this international seminar is to examine the intergenerational transmission of reproductive behavior from new perspectives: comparing social-environmental and genetic factors (and their interplay), and comparing the familial transmission of reproductive behavior across subgroups and contexts.