While building on the population and development paradigms of recent decades, this innovative series also moves away from it. It offers a seminal platform on which empirical results representative of emerging paradigms, as well as the leading-edge methodologies and theories that underpin them, can be communicated to a wider scholarly community. It calls for contributions that address one or more of the following emerging questions and any intellectually creative intersection of them:
1. In a shift away from the populationist perspective of recent decades that focused on growth and numbers, it emphasizes wider demographic transformations occurring through age-structural, demographic, epidemiologic, labour-force and mobility transitions, and their underlying determinants and consequences. It also invites manuscripts on problems of socio-economic development faced by high growth populations or disjunctions between population change and food security, poverty, and access to potable water.
2. Studies on population and development have centered on the economy, often narrowly defined, and the environment. This series recognizes that socio-economic development also involves social and cultural factors and that demographic changes are both cause and effect of various shifts occurring in most spheres of life.
3. It seeks manuscripts that bring methodological and conceptual innovations to the analysis of population and development. These could range from anthropological and other micro-level approaches that show, inter alia, how decision-making occurs to macro-level approaches, such as those on the demographic dividend.
The traditional boundaries between ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ are becoming increasingly blurred, so though the series is oriented towards the Third World and former Soviet societies in transition, it will also consider manuscripts that relate to populations in the First World. It implicitly accepts the effects of globalization on individuals and communities, perhaps most manifest in those migrating between different global regions.
Finally, the series Editors are especially interested in manuscripts from researchers in developing countries, given that the perspective of such authors has been neglected for too long in the literature of the field.