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We are privileged to have Prof. Alisson Flavio Barbieri from Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, Brazil come speak to us about population and environment perspectives. Find below further details about the presentation.

Speaker: Prof. Alisson Flavio Barbieri, Associate Professor, Department of Demography and Center for Regional Development and Planning (Cedeplar), Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Topic: Population and Environment: Perspectives from Brazil

 Date: Wednesday, 12th September, 2018

Venue: RIPS Lecture Room

Time: 2PM


This presentation provides an overview of the field in Demography which focuses on the linkages between Population and Environment (PE). It is discussed how the field has been developed in Brazil and contributed to the international literature. A particular attention is given to two research topics: i) the recursive linkages between land use, deforestation and demographic dynamics in the Amazon, and ii) linkages between demographic dynamics, population vulnerability and the local, regional and global drivers of Climate Change.

Brief Biography:

Prof. Alisson Flavio Barbieri is an Associate Professor at the Department of Demography and Center for Regional Development and Planning (Cedeplar), Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He received his PhD in 2005 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests include issues on population mobility; population and environment; human dimensions of global environmental change; population, development and planning; and population dynamics in the Amazon. 

Prof Barbieri has several publications in notable journals such as Population, Space and Place; Malaria Journal; and Population and Environment and has authored several books and book chapters. His forthcoming book chapter is titled 'Rural livelihoods, urbanization and incomplete population transitions in Brazil' to be published by Springer in the book 'Beyond Metropolis'. 

Since 2005, he has taught various graduate level courses on topics in demography and population and environment. He has also consulted and advised on a variety of national Committees and Councils focused on climate change, and population and environment. Prof Barbieri belongs to a number of national and international population associations and has been a member of the board of directors on the Brazilian Association of Population Studies (ABEP) since 2016.


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The Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS), University of Ghana, Legon is looking for self-motivated and highly-qualified candidates to fill vacant PhD research & Post-Doctoral positions on its “Cities and Climate Change” project, and expected to use existing data from the project. The PhD position is for two-years, whilst the Post-Doctoral position is for one-year and both can be held in a relevant academic unit at the University of Ghana. The overall goal of the project is to improve the management of flood risks and enhance resilience in Accra’s readiness for future floods by developing an integrated climate smart flood management framework and catalysing evidence-based policy action.


1. Applicants should have completed their PhD Experiential Research Learning and at the preparatory stage of their research proposal. For Post-Doctoral positions applicants should have published in at least one International Journal with an impact factor.

2. Preferred areas of study are: Population Studies, Economics, Geography, Environmental Science, Actuarial Science, Engineering Science, Planning, Water and Sanitation, and Climate Science.

3. Depending on interest, the following expertise may be required: Resource Economics; Modelling; Gender Mainstreaming; Impact Assessment & Sensitivity Analysis; Spatial Analysis.

4. Strong quantitative analytical background, knowledge or experience of climate change adaptation will be an advantage.  

Specific Research Areas

(i) Population-related social, economic and environmental determinants of flood risks and adaptation solutions

(ii) Use of technologies such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Satellite Imagery alongside digitized maps and economic tools to manage climate change and flood risks

(iii) Gender-sensitive multi-criteria decision framework for resource and knowledge mobilization on surveillance systems for effective flood risk reduction

(iv) Research-into-Use (RIU) practice, barriers and opportunities of adaptation solutions at the nexus of population growth, hydroclimatic risks and city planning

(v) Technical feasibility, economic efficiency, social acceptability and environmental viability of climate smart indicators for adaptation solutions

How to Apply

• Qualified candidates should address applications to: The Director, Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana, Legon via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. & This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Tuesday 31st July, 2018.

• The application should include:

(1) 1-page motivation letter indicating preferred research area(s)
(2) 2-page post first degree level curriculum vitae (CV)  

Only email applications with the Subject Heading: “RIPS Scholarship” will be accepted.
Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.