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Population dynamics

The study of population dynamics, or demography, concerns change and stability in human populations. At its core, we find life’s most dramatic moments: births and weddings, flight and migration, and illness and death. At ISS, researchers study and teach demographic issues on a variety of fields.

Some of our most important areas are:

  • Family and fertility patterns. Why is fertility falling, and why is childbearing steadily postponed? What does our households look like? Have families become less stable over time?
  • Health and mortality. The world is ageing. How long will we live in the future? There are marked social inequalities in health and death. How do these emerge, and what can we do about them?
  • Migration and ethnicity. Will immigrants adapt to Norwegian family patterns? What is the social and ethnic composition of neighborhoods, schools and workplaces, and does it matter for our lives?

When answering questions like these, demographers typically use statistical methods and models, but also experiments and occasionally qualitative interviews.

Demographic knowledge is in high demand in both government and the private sector. At ISS both sociologists and human geographers engage in studies of population dynamics. The discipline of demography has ties to all the social sciences, as well as to history, medicine, statistics and biology. ISS is the only institution to offer a course in demography in Norway.

Published July 20, 2022 9:08 PM - Last modified July 20, 2022 9:56 PM