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International Journal of Sustainable Development
International Journal of Sustainable Development


Special Issue on: "Population and Sustainable Development"

Guest Editor: Professor R.B. Bhagat, International Institute for Population Sciences, India

Population has been a critical factor in sustainable development. While the relationship between population and sustainable development has evoked considerable debates both for and against from a Malthusian perspective, in recent years there is a growing emphasis, apart from size and growth, on other aspects of population such as age structure, geographical distribution of population, migration, urbanisation and related policies influencing sustainable development. This special issue will focus on population and sustainable development, treating the diversity in the field of population studies and not from the point of view of a narrow demographic perspective.

Both macro and micro studies highlighting the complex relationship between population structure and demographic behaviour on the one hand and its linkages with sustainable development on the other would be welcome. The papers need not be only quantitative but those focusing on cultural and behavioural aspects of different social groups would also be considered along with aggregate and quantitative studies. Papers representing different parts of the world and representing both ecological and cultural diversity are encouraged.

We invite population scientists, geographers, sociologists, economists and those working in the field of social and ecological sciences to submit papers of theoretical, methodological and empirical import on the relationship between population and sustainable development.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Population, environment and development interactions - theoretical, methodological and empirical perspectives
  • Trend in population growth, consumption of resources and sustainable development
  • Population growth, migration and sustainable development
  • Population, gender and sustainable development
  • Population, food security and climate change
  • Urbanisation and sustainable development
  • Policies for population stabilisation and sustainable development

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Deadline for Submissions: 20th January 2011 (extended)