Child and adolescent development

How do child and adolescent development affect later life outcomes in diverse populations in Europe?

How is child and adolescent development integrated in population studies?

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 neighboring disciplines.

This working group organizes online seminars every 2 to 3 months, in which for example the availability and use of innovative data sources for children and adolescents in demographic research, such as admin data or longitudinal datasets, are discussed. Also, this group is actively collaborating with Population Europe and working group members participate in policy advice meetings.

If you are interested in being part of this group, please send an email to

EPC 2022 Masterclass

The EAPS Working Group on Child and Adolescent Development is organizing an in-person Master Class on “Families, Child Development and Well-being” for early-career scholars in Groningen on 29 June 2022, 9:00-13:00 CET. The event takes place just before the European Population Conference. 

We are pleased to announce that the meeting will start with a keynote presentation by an internationally leading scholar in the field Prof. René Veenstra (University of Groningen).

This will be followed by a masterclass where 5 selected early-career scholars will have the chance to present their work and receive feedback from the international members of the EAPS working group.

PhD students or researchers who have received their PhD no more than 3 years ago are eligible (individual cases can be evaluated in relation to, for example, career breaks such as maternity/parental leave).

To apply, please submit your extended abstract (2-4 pages) together with a statement of eligibility to by 28 April 2022. Scholars will be informed about the selection outcomes by 06 May 2022 at the latest, and participants will be asked to share a draft paper with the participants of the masterclass by June 8, 2022.

Steering committee


Bocconi University


Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI)


Institut National d’Etudes Démographiques (INED)


Population Europe / Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research

Members of the working group