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Contextual Lecture: Population: The Shape of Things to Come

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David Coleman, Emeritus Professor of Demography at the University of Oxford, will discuss issues around world population.

Human reproduction, survival and migration are developing in ways never seen before, creating new new challenges and opportunities from novel family forms, population ageing and ethnic diversity. Some less developed populations- notably in sub-Saharan Africa, continue to increase rapidly, likely to comprise one in three of the world’s people and at risk of a serious collision with global climate change. Others tip into population decline; already Japan and some countries in Eastern Europe, then China probably followed by Brazil, India, and other major countries. This paper will discuss the trends, causes and implications.

This lecture is part of the 2018 Contextual Lecture Series: Tomorrow's World - Intimations of the Future.