Working Group

Child and Adolescent Development

There is a booming research interest in infant development, and population scholars show a growing interest in this topic. This is fostered by both empirical and theoretical innovations in the frontiers between different disciplines traditionally interested in childhood and adolescence.

The aim of this group is to foster research on child and adolescent development from a demographic perspective, while also stimulating interdisciplinary collaboration on the topic. It also aims at promoting the use of existing sources of data produced by demographers and non-demographers conducting empirical research in this field, and upscaling the contributions of demography vis à vis the research agenda of scholars actively contributing to the field from neighbouring disciplines.

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Steering Committee

  • Nicoletta Balbo
    Bocconi University
  • Helga de Valk
    Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI)
  • Lidia Panico
    Institut National d’Etudes Démographiques (INED)
  • Daniela Vono de Vilhena
    Population Europe / Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research

Members of the Working Group


- Manja Attig - Leibniz-Institute for Educational Trajectories 

- Kieron Barclay - Stockholm University

 - Birgit Becker - Goethe University Frankfurt 

- Jani Erola - University of Turku  

- Martin Flatø - Norwegian Institute of Public Health 

- Pablo Gracia - Trinity College Dublin

- Yvonne Kelly - University College London  

- George B. Ploubidis - University College of London 

- Anne-Rigt Poortman - Utrecht University 

- Wiebke Schulz - University of Bremen

- Michael Shanahan - University of Zurich 

- Olivier Thévenon - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)