Formal Demography Working Group


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The Formal Demography Working Group aims to bring together formal demography scholars and those interested in formal demography to discuss recent and classic work, brainstorm new ideas, and to foster new collaborations. We meet virtually each month with meetings tentatively scheduled for the last Friday in every month. Our specific aims are to:

  1. Bring an international community of scholars together with formal demography as the focus
  2. Create a supportive and inclusive environment to learn, and encourage people to work with formal methods
  3. Discuss the past, present and future of formal demography

We aim to run thematic meetings on research, training, and forums. More details can be found here


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Next meeting

Title: ‘My favorite formal demography paper: The Population Momentum of Preston & Guillot (1997, Genus)’

Time: Friday 28 January at 1pm ET. Sign up above to get the Zoom link.

Roland Rau (Professor of Demography at the University of Rostock and Research Fellow, MPIDR) will discuss his favorite formal demography paper:

Preston, S.H. and Guillot, M., 1997. Population dynamics in an age of declining fertility. Genus, pp.15-31.

We may even have some special guests join in the discussion!

Previous meeting’s materials


This working group is organized by Vanessa Di Lego (Vienna Institute of Demography), Ryohei Mogi (University of Oxford), and Monica Alexander (University of Toronto). It is still a very new idea and we are always open to suggestions and feedback.