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Panel on Evolutionary Perspectives on Demography (2004-2010)


Monique Borgerhoff Mulder
Debra Judge

Ulrich Mueller
Hilly Kaplan

Council Liaison
Emily Grundy

IUSSP Secretariat Contact Person
Paul Monet

Terms of Reference

Our goal is to capitalize on major theoretical growth in the field of evolutionary biology – specifically evolutionary ecology. This has been filtering into the social sciences since the late 1980s, but has had limited impact on the field of demography. Our focus is on the role of kin in shaping fertility (numbers and timing of offspring) and parental investment decisions, in life course analyses, and on the cues and processes of demographic transitions. Our particular objective is to establish a comparative data base that collaborators can use to test evolutionary predictions for human demographic variation, particularly in small scale communities. Such a database requires calibrations of measures of fertility, parental investment, kin interactions, and ecological variation.

Programme of Activities

International Seminar on Lifespan Extension and the Biology of Changing Cause-of-Death Profiles: Evolutionary and Epidemiological Perspectives
Rauischholzhausen, Germany, 13-15 January 2011

Call for papers

Online Submissions

Past activities

International Seminar on Trade-offs in Female Life Histories: Raising New Questions in an Integrative Framework
Bristol, United Kingdom, 23-25 July 2008

Call for papers
Seminar Report
Seminar Papers

IUSSP Seminar on the Ecology of the Male Life Course.
Rauischholzhausen, Germany, 10-12 October 2006

Call for papers
Call for a Junior Demographer
Seminar report

Side Meeting on Evolutionary approaches in human biodemography: Round table at the International Population Conference in Marrakech (27 September-2 October 2009).

Session on Evolutionary Ecology, Kinship and Reproduction at the International Population Conference at Tours (July 18-23, 2005).
This session addressed how and why the costs of child production and child rearing are subsidized by different categories of kin, and how this differs between populations.

Side meeting at the International Population Conference at Tours (July 18-23, 2005) to discuss the feasibility of using meta-analytical methods to conduct comparative analyses of the determinants of fertility and mortality, and to run a workshop in the collection of comparative data on the life course.



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