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The University of Southampton
Biological Sciences

Research project: How does natural and anthropogenic disturbance change human population growth?

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Providing an evidence-base of how momentum and transient population dynamics shape 21st century population growth and health across cities, regions, countries and the globe.

We will address the title question by constructing a database of momentum, inertia and other transient dynamic metrics in human populations. The data will then be interrogated to dissect the demographic, environmental and social drivers of human transient dynamics from city to global scales. This research will provide insights into the drivers of short- and long-term population growth, elucidating how world wars, global pandemics, revolutions, catastrophic floods, political acts and social change shape societal responses to contemporary events. We will contribute to the much-needed evidence base on the dangers and benefits that momentum poses for population health in the 21st century.

Funding provider: Wellcome Trust

Funding duration: October 2014 – October 2017

This project is being conducted in affiliation with the following research groups:

Social Statistics & Demography

Centre for Population Change.

Related research groups

Environmental Biosciences
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